Five weeks ago, I made new chore assignments at our house. After a month, it was apparent that the new chore assignments were not working, so I made some changes, and the new assignments are a much better fit.
We added a few new chores into the mix, and Ivory, who turned 3 in April, now has regular chores as well. She already helps fold napkins and washcloths as part of the every day laundry. She often times helps me move wet clothes from the washer to the dryer. She picks up her toys. We’re giving her a couple more chores now; she can easily set the table with napkins and silverware. She also will have dusting to do; I have some small dust cloths that I made up that her hand can fit inside for some simple dusting of low areas, including the piano.
Here are our children’s ages:
Laundry is every day but Sunday. I wash 3 to 4 loads of laundry a day. You can read more about my laundry system here.
The trash gets picked up twice a week, so twice a week the big cans get taken to the curb.
Several things are repeated through the day (like sweeping) because they constantly need to be done. For mopping our floors, we use a hardwood floor mop similar to this one, and these floor mop covers. We just use water to clean the hardwood and marble floors (the kitchen and my bathroom have marble). In the children’s bathrooms we have tile; for that we use water and homemade orange vinegar.
Get dressed, brush hair and wash face
Straighten bedroom; vacuum bedroom
Sort dirty laundry
Winter: Wipe one door
Cyrus: Put away dishes & Pour waters
Ezrom: Pick up boys’ hall
Liberty: Take out trash
Wren: Pick up living room & Help Mom with breakfast
Elsa: Take out trash
Ivory: Set Table
Fold and put away laundry
Winter: Wipe table and chairs
Cyrus: Sweep under table
Ezrom: Pick up boy’s bathroom
Liberty: Wash dishes
Wren: Pick up girls’ bathroom
Elsa: Sweep kitchen floor
Put away school books
Winter: Pick up and vacuum by front door and Library
Cyrus: Sweep wood floor and Pour Drinks
Ezrom: Help Mom with lunch
Liberty: Pick up living room
Wren: Set table and Sweep Boys’ Hall
Elsa: Pick up Library
Ivory: Pick up Library
Winter: Clean Bathroom
Cyrus: Sweep and mop under table
Ezrom: Clean Bathroom
Liberty: Wipe table and chairs
Wren: Wash dishes & Run dishwasher
Elsa: Mop wood floor by piano
Winter: Put away clean dishes
Cyrus: Pick up and vacuum living room
Ezrom: Pick up and sweep girls’ hall
Liberty: Wipe table, set table and pour waters
Wren: Clean up backyard
Elsa: Pick up wood floor to door
Ivory: Pick up living room
5 Minutes cleaning in the Library
Put on pajamas
Brush teeth and wash face
Winter: Get ivory ready for bed
Cyrus: Wipe chairs
Ezrom: Sweep and mop kitchen floor
Liberty: Clear and wipe table
Wren: Sweep under table
Elsa: Sweep wood floor
In addition to our regular daily chores, we have a few weekly chores as well. Both Cyrus and Ezrom are now taking turns mowing the lawn. (In the winter this job doesn’t need to be done at all; though it doesn’t snow here, it is cool enough that grass doesn’t grow much). Cyrus uses the gas mower and Ezrom uses the push mower.
You can see our past chore assignments here.
You can read more about how we do laundry here.
You can read our daily schedule here.