Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Our Routine is Back

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The day has come—the first day of school! Gotta admit, as reluctant as I am for these two crazy girls to be back in school this year, a little part of my brain is shouting, “Free at last!”
First Day 2010
I am ready for a little more order and routine again. It always goes out the window over the summer, but I am calling it back now!
I have done the same jobs together ever since I have stayed home with my children. The day of the week might change depending on my schedule, but I tend to group the same things together ever since I quit doing it all at once on Saturday mornings. (Those were the days—I also slept in until 10 or 11am those days, too!)
I’ve never been big on long lists of assigned chores. We tend to do our regular stuff and assign our children part of the jobs we are doing. This has worked pretty well most of the time (see THIS post!). I have gotten a little more routine about the assignments, though, and my girls have done pretty well knowing what each chore entails. Sometimes, they get confused or insist they didn’t have to do “that” last time or whatever. Thus, the chore cards were developed. 
   Blog Laundry Sign
I use these to describe the chores that we do consistently. It lists everything that needs to be completed, not just assignments for my children. This helps them to understand the complete job even if they are only responsible for parts of it. It also helps my children to know what I am looking for when I ask them to complete a job on their own. I didn’t assign these to specific days--even though I generally do them on specific days--to allow flexibility when things come up. It is easy to post the card on the fridge or somewhere else were everyone can see it easily. And, it serves as an easy reminder to get their assigned parts done because they pass by the chore card many times in a day!
Organize copy
I see so many great ideas out there for chore organization.
For me, it has to be simple and flexible.
For those of you that like that, too, HERE is a set of printables for you.
I used my chores and added a few general cards, but feel free to make up your own.
And, you will have to list out your own requirements of course.
These ought to give you a good start!
Laundry Sign Bathroom and Bedroom Sign copy Bathrooms copy    Chores copy Organize copyDust and Vacuum Sign copy Floors copy Bedrooms copy Laundry Sign 2 copy

I'm linking HERE this week.


Mika,  said... September 7, 2010 at 4:58 AM  

I have been seeing all of your fantastic projects featured around the other blogs lately. I'm so glad to come and visit your actual blog.
Really neat ideas that you have come up with. Can't wait to see what other things you have written about, and the future projects to come!

Fiamar,  said... September 7, 2010 at 5:09 AM  

It's a great idea, this way my husband will always know what's next for him to do. :)

Thanks for the tip!!

Veronica,  said... September 8, 2010 at 4:13 PM  

Great idea, I really enjoyed your blog, I´ll save it unto my favorites!! Thanks for the tip!!!

Ashlee Marie,  said... September 11, 2010 at 10:35 PM  

It's always good to find more ways to organize our lives and our kids chores! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Unknown,  said... March 27, 2013 at 6:57 AM  

Great tips!

Would love for you to link it up at my new Empty Your Archive link party which is a chance to dust off great posts from your archive - there is a focus this week on laundry - would really love to see you there, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

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