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Get Your Kids Organized By Using Chore Charts

Get Your Kids Organized By Using Chore Charts


A frequent complaint I hear when working with parents is that their kids are often the ones contributing to the mess and clutter around the house. I think when kids are part of the problem it's time to get them involved in the solution. Usually when kids have a stake in the game and ownership is shared, things are more likely to get done. 


I came across this article: The Importance of Chores for Children which makes some good points about chores being a contributing factor to children's success in the future and that they're essential to help in learning basic life skills. I couldn't agree more. Within the post, there's even a free downloadable chore chart broken down by age which has chore ideas for kids ages 2-10.


I know that chore charts can be pretty ho-hum and easily overlooked when taped to the back of the door or tacked up to the family bulletin board, so I've compiled a list of ten creative versions of chore charts.


1. Chore sticks

Get crafty by writing out various tasks on popsicle sticks. Kids get to choose which one to do and then add it to the "Done" jar when completed.

Toddler Approved!: Bedtime Battles and Chore Sticks for Kids {Kid's Co-op}

Source: Toddler Approved


2. Paint chip chore chart

This one might be good for older kids as it breaks down a specific chore into easy-to-follow steps. 

I’ve come up with a simple chore chart that will help my kids understand what I am expecting, step-by-step. PAINT CHIP CHORE CHART is simple and free

Source: Mommy Moment


3. Chore card

It's like a shopper's rewards card for doing chores. After kids get their card punched for doing a certain amount of chores, they get to pick a fun reward. 

Cluck Cluck Sew had the great idea.

Source: Cluck Cluck Sew


4. Cookie sheet chart

This is a crafty way to get your kids' to-do list on! They can even help pick the paint colors, ribbon and washi tape to customize it. 

Turn cookie sheets into chore charts! These DIY Cookie Sheet Chore charts are a great way to motivate kids to do chores and help around the house.

Source: Craftaholics Anonymous


5. Chore dice

It's the luck of the roll with this creative way to choose your chores. You can doctor up an old building block with pictures shown here or you could just use a set of traditional dice and have a list of chores numbered 1-12 to correspond with the number rolled.

10 Brilliant Ideas To Motivate Your Children To Do Chores:  #7 – Chore Dice  (These chore dice are a genius idea! Little ones will love the game of chance that comes along with rolling the dice!)

Source: Delia Creates


6. Tic Tac To-Dos

This is a cute way to make doing chores into a game. Parents fill out the card and then once a child gets three in a row, they get an incentive. 

Fun Free Printable To Do List

Source: Design Eat Repeat


7. Toy Jail

This might not work for everyone, but I got a kick out of this idea. In essence, you basically hold your children's toys hostage until they do some cleaning up! 

Toy Jail ~ Fun way to help remind your kids to clean up their toys. If they leave their toys around the house put their toys in Toy Jail. The way they can get it out is by doing a chore. Free Printables at

Source: The Chic Site


8. Chore ring

Sometimes kids like to have a little money to add to their piggy banks. If you believe in paying for chores, this could be an option for your family.

Teaching responsibility to kids is really important. These 10 great chore charts may help you find a solution.

Source: Meaningful Mama


9. Door hanger chore chart 

If you're not one to create a whole bulletin board or devote the front of the fridge to the chore chart, this is a good idea. It's a nice visual reminder that can hang on the door where the child can see it each day. 

Memories of a Modern Mommy: Door Hanger Chore Chart

Source: Memories of a Modern Mommy


10. Work for hire chore system

If your kids are a bit older and are motivated by money or they're working to earn something special, this system might be helpful for your household. Click the source link below to read the details of this system and how it successfully works for this mother's family.

kids chore chart

Source: Happily Unprocessed


Do you have a favorite chore chart from the list?

Or is there one system that you might try to implement with your family?


Categories: Home Organizing


  • I love the ones that can be reused day after day for the morning routine... like the magnetic board. The beauty of these is that after awhile the child no longer needs them. We had regular chores when my kids were little, including trading off setting the table and clearing/vacuuming underneath when the meal was over. Once we got a dog, the vacuuming job sort of went away:) The dice are a really fun idea that I think children would enjoy. Might also be a good opportunity to work on not cheating :) The toy jail is controversial... the child needs to be old enough to understand consequences for that one. Fun post!
    9/14/2018 8:39:29 AM Reply
    • @Seana Turner: I agree that these are good "starter kits" to build the habit of doing chores into the routine so that you no longer need the reminder. I have used the toy jail concept myself and for my kid, it works!
      9/16/2018 8:46:38 AM Reply

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