Survey Results: Create a Chore System and Keep It Consistent
We surveyed over 100 families over the past few months about chores and family organization. When asked for their advice on cleaning and keeping things organized at home, the number one result was:
create a chore system that works and keep it consistent.
Here are some of the great ideas that came up again and again.
1. Have a daily task board, chore chart or list. Simple lists - for both kids and adults - that can be checked off help motivate us and increase a sense of accomplishment in what gets done.
Write out a small list each day that is reachable - too long a list can be overwhelming and nothing will get done. Also have a routine, especially for little ones.
2. Create a system that works for you and your family. Plan out what needs to be done, the best way to accomplish it, and reward a job well done. Keep it simple and don’t over complicate things. The more complicated the plan, the less likely you are to succeed. Simple visual charts and lists work best.
There are many ways to organize and get things done. There isn’t one right way and it never stays the same. There is always room for improvement. Get creative and try new ways until you find what works for you and your family.
3. Keep it consistent. Have a daily routine and reasonable expectations and stick to them.
Have a consistent morning and evening routine. Just a few minutes at those times is what keeps my house functioning.
But also know that there will be days when the plan is thrown off - vacations, a week of the flu, a really busy week at work . etc. - and that you can get back on track. Find a system that is easy to pick back up and that the family knows is the plan for your home. Small consistent effort to create an organized home will have big results over time.
I think consistency is key. Nothing fancy, but if some days it’s expected and other days it is not, it will always be a battle to get the children to complete their chores.
Take it in bite size pieces. I feel like an easy way to get overwhelmed is to feel like you have to get it all done today - it takes time. Small constant efforts create results with less stress.
Our next survey on Family and Food is underway. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas and in return, we are giving out 20% discount codes to our shop. More results from the Cleaning and Organization survey will be shared soon, so stay tuned!