What We Do for Chores

“Mama yook! My did it!” Meg clapped her hands and pointed with glee to the wash cloth she just folded. 

Birthday season just came to an end at our house and with it the passing of the “birthday chore batons.”

Don’t worry, I don’t assign new chores as we dish up the birthday cake. But around each birthday the kids graduate from some of their old chores and get to learn new ones. Not only do they (for the most part) enjoy the change, it helps keep me accountable to train Will and Meg and not just have Rose keep doing the same chore year after year.

My little helpers doing laundry together

As I vented said last week, running the home is my responsibility, but I desire to teach the children to be cheerful and diligent helpers now and responsible adults some day. Plus, it’s just so fun having all the kiddos around me as I clean up the kitchen or fold laundry, each doing their own little part to make the household run smoother.

Last week I shared my goals for chores. Now here’s a peek at our chore “system”. It’s very informal (there’s not single chore chart in the house) but works for us right now. 

Rose’s daily chores (just turned 6):

  • Make bed and get dressed
  • Open the living room curtains
  • Wash off the table after each meal
  • Vacuum the living room or sweep the entry way (alternates)
  • Fold and put away her and Meg’s laundry
  • Tidy up after herself

Will’s daily chores (just turned 4):

  • Get dressed and make bed (still needs some help)
  • Gather the dirty laundry
  • Sort and put away the silverware
  • Empty the compost
  • Fold and put away his laundry
  • Tidy up after himself

Meg’s daily chores (just turned 2):

  • Get dressed (with help)
  • Clear the table after each meal (she hands the dishes to me while I load the dishwasher)
  • Fold the washcloths
  • Run “errands” for me
  • Tidy up after herself

Other things they help me with that aren’t assigned (and they usually really, really want to do):

  • Play with baby Edmund
  • Bring groceries in from the van
  • Help bake or cook
  • Water the garden
  • Random deep cleaning
What do you do for chores at your house? It’s so fun to get a peek into other’s homes. 🙂 

 Linked up at Mama MomentsGrowing HomeEncourage One AnotherWalking RedeemedGraced Simplicity, & Proverbs 31 

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  1. says

    Oh, yes. Which reminds me I need to update my children’s chores. 🙂 They each have a morning routine, an afternoon routine, and I want to get them into an evening routine. That way we all work together. 🙂

    I use Easy Peasy Chores, which has been such a blessing to me! It keeps the boys on track so they don’t have to keep asking me what to do next. They just look at their page and off they go. I love it! (Here’s a review I wrote about it…http://wholesomewomanhood.com/review-easy-peasy-chores/)

  2. says

    One thing I added to my oldest three daughter’s responsibilities is to give them an area of the house that they have to always make sure is picked up and in order throughout the day. My oldest is in charge of the bedroom they share, the next is in charge of the living room, and the third is in charge of the bathroom. This really helps me. Love your lists, Anna!

  3. says

    Oh, my goodness, Anna! Rose looks just like you in that photo. 🙂 Thank you for the letter, it meant so much to me. We’re waiting to meet Edmund!

    Much Love,

  4. says

    I like the idea of making sure the learning of chores gets passed to the next child. So often I’ve seen families where the older ones grew up having to do certain tasks or chores, but the younger ones don’t really do much until they are so much older!
    Love the picture of the girls! I want to see them again and meet Edmund!

  5. says

    Nice system, Anna. It’s a good work with one of the main purposes being they will learn to think of others and not only themselves. It is a blessing to them and you when they help. I attended a birthday party for a child, and the parents were all similarly aged…younger than you a bit, and when it was older the only people who helped clean up where the ones more my age. We worked and all those younger moms and dads just stood around talking and watching. I don’t know if they were never trained, so just couldn’t see that work that needed to be done….I assume that was it…but it made me sad to think that they were not thinking of others and how they could help, only themselves…each other, etc. Keep up the good work, Godly young mothers. It may seem small but small counts!

    • anna says

      Thanks for the encouragement, dear Peggy! Your comment made me think of the young people at church… every single Sunday they are the ones who cheerfully volunteer to clean up after our meal together. I’m so grateful my kiddos have such wonderful examples all around them.

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