Having 4 girls has really helped me stay organized! As they get older, they are able to help me more around the house! I have recently rearranged the chores and rewrote them to include my youngest daughter. I have typed up a chore chart and also a chore chart description page that lists what each specific chore entails. Remember, I like charts! This was “fun” for me!
One of the chores is to clean the kitchen. This jobs includes wiping the counters down….not just around the toaster oven, utensil holder or phone stand, but underneath it also! They are to wipe the refrigerator out, just a fast swipe on the shelves, including the door and empty the trash, if needed. Lastly, they sweep and mop the floor. This chore is done 3 times a week so it stays relatively clean and doesn’t take too long. My 2 oldest daughters get this chore. Another chore is to clean the main bathroom. They are to clean the sink and wash the mirror, wash the pictures and shelves and then clean the toilet. Lastly, they sweep and mop the floor. This is done daily, except Sundays, so it also doesn’t take too long to get done! Our sitting room and living room each get dusted on separate days and the hardwood floors get swept or mopped. The “big” chores get done before school starts so it’s not hanging over them all day.
My youngest empties trashcans and replaces the liners, makes her bed and cleans up her room. She is responsible to clean up the cat’s food area and then twice a week she wipes down the outside of the cupboards or stove and refrigerator. It was “fun” for her when first started, but now it has become a “chore”! Each of the girls take turns clearing either the lunch or dinner table. This includes wiping the table and sweeping the floor. My 2 oldest switch back and forth emptying and filling the dishwasher.
This may sound like a lot but it really only takes them 20 minutes or less for the “main” chore and the other chores are minor spread throughout the day. This does help me so I can concentrate on vacuuming, laundry, making dinner, and schooling the girls.