I use the summer months to take advantage of activities my community has made available. The kids to various things from swimming lessons, to volleyball camp, piano lessons, cooking classes, book clubs at the library, movie nights at the park, camping with friends and family and just general playing with friends.
This makes it hard to keep everyone together majority of the day like I can during the school year.
This means that our Chore Schedule must change.
Our Summer Schedule looks like this:
I make a table on the computer and assign out boxes.
My boxes going across are the days of the week Sunday to Saturday.
My boxes going down are:
- Alyson (me)
- Tyler (3)
- Katey School
- Katey Chores
- Emily School
- Emily Chores
- Tommy School
- Tommy Chores
I fill out the boxes once a week. My goal is to have them filled out by Thursday of the previous week. That gives me leeway in case I don’t get it done. - Can we say “procrastinator!’
I take notes on the edge of the pages of jobs that I see that need to be done, such as wash the sliding door, or wipe the light switches, basically jobs that aren’t on my rotation- you know the as needed jobs.
I use those notes as I am assigning out the next weeks chores.
We rotate 3 different things amongst us.
- Bathrooms/Stairs and Hall
If you are not on a rotation chore, you get a different assigned chore, such as the ones I take notes from on my previous weeks, or other things I have on a rotation schedule, such as yard work, mopping all floors, cleaning out the car, etc.
The rotation chores also get an additional job, along with general cleaning. The kitchen person may have to help with dinner, the bathroom person usually has to deep clean something, and The laundry person may have to vacuum or dust a room.
We still do the occasional quick clean, where everyone helps with everything. They just don’t happen at a prescheduled time. They happen when I can’t stand the mess anymore. LOL.
I am able to x out exemption days, if you have a pre-scheduled, pre-approved all day activity, then you can be exempt from an assigned chore. If you happen to be home when I get overwhelmed with the house, you are still expected to help do a quick clean.
I love the independence this gives the kids. They have to have them done before they leave to do anything else, unless of course it is pre-approved.
I also do not let them play or neighbors over before noon. That gives us time to wake up leisurely, eat breakfast, do our daily work, and eat lunch.
This gives everyone plenty of time to do all their daily’s and have a relaxing morning.
Do you change around your families chore schedule with the seasons?