While mothers are expected to excel at both the home and the work environment. They obviously need some help at times. Mothers in many places around the world have access to help and assistance from other members of the family. This includes children with household chores. Fortunately, as the pace of the world, we live in is quickly picking up and time is proving to be a valuable currency. Our families quickly understand the importance of a family that functions as a cohesive unit. Nowadays, a family that works together when it comes to household chores and daily tasks such as cleaning, washing, cooking, and taking out the trash, etc. is obviously the happiest. It’s time to plan out and execute a family cleaning routine.
However, many mothers are often busy playing supermoms. They are often inundated with work assignments and household chores. Managing all of these big and small tasks but mastering none. This implies the mothers taking the burden of about 90 percent of the household chores. This often leads to a bad impact on the health of mothers and this also hampers their productivity. Thus, it is always imperative to possess a proper coordination among the family members, so that none feels the burden.
Setting up a family cleaning routine
However, if the family comes up with the strategy of a cleaning routine for the entire family such as teaching the kids some useful self-help skills, it can lead to greater coordination and cooperation among our family unit as a whole. It is fair to say that there would be a few hits and misses to start with before your family can arrive at a formula for close to perfect coordination.
Moving on, here are a few suggestions to keep in mind while planning and executing a family cleaning routine. Implementing these suggestions is more than likely to increase the chances of creating a cohesive chore team with a systematic approach to household cleaning chores.
A Chore List before a Chore Chart
While the objective of this blog is to help readers create a chore chart that enlists help for household chores from all members of the family, you definitely need a chore list before coming up with a chore chart. Your chore list is basically a list of all the chores you need to get done at home. It would help if you could separate chores. Divide them up by taken care of by you and the chores that can be assigned to the kids and the hubby. Read further to know what is next.
Decide on Age-Appropriate Chores
You may have kids ranging from toddlers to those ready to go to college and this is why you need to decide on which chores are appropriate for which age groups. You will find that it is easier to assign older kids more complicated chores. However, small and simple chores that you often forget to complete can be conveniently assigned to younger children.
Categorize Chores According to Weekly and Daily Priorities
While drawing up your chore list, make sure to categorize chores according to chores that are to be done on a daily basis and those that need to be done on a weekly basis. This way you do not leave out any chores and you also prioritize chores according to the time limit set for them to be completed. Mark your chores as ‘W’ for weekly and ‘D’ for daily to avoid confusion.
Decide upon a Suitable Time for Getting Cleaning Done
All your kids may not be at home all the time, so it is advisable to decide upon a time to get chores done that works for everyone. This applies to both weekly and daily chores.
Decide Upon Rewards and Draw up a Rewards Chart
We all shower our kids with gifts and often meet their non-essential needs. Why not give these very same gifts and treats as rewards for chores well done? This works very well for younger kids who may not prove to very malleable to helping out in the house. However, rewards and a rewards chart wherein rewards are earned by collecting points for completing chores are a very tantalizing prospect for your kids. Most primary schools use this approach.
Ensure Some Variation
Doing the same chore every day and every week can prove to be a drag for a child. Thus, you must switch up jobs to ensure some variation. Additionally, this will also bring variation to your children’s skill sets.
In conclusion, all of the suggestions listed above are sure to help you get started with your family cleaning routine.
We all can use help implementing a family cleaning routine. I’ve created a free family cleaning pack that includes a chore chart too. You can download that below.