I’m sure you’ve never experienced asking your kids to complete a chore only to have them report back ten minutes later having only done part of the job. At times they’re so proud of their work that it’s hard to tell them otherwise. I’ve learned over the years as a mother and teacher that the best way to ensure that a project gets truly completed is to make sure you’ve fully explained it before they start and also to provide a check list for them along the way. To get those household chores done the right way, here are some great cleaning checklists for kids of all ages.
These cleaning checklists are great because they’re kept with cleaning kits made for specific household chores. Laminate them and have kids mark off each task as they go along. Get free printables of these kit lists for every room of the house here from Must Have Mom.
Tic Tac Toe
Tic Tac Toe, do chores like a pro! Younger children in particular will like playing a little game of Tic Tac Toe as they go about their household duties. The pictures and simple language make it especially easy for them to follow directions. Also, kids are more likely to happily get involved when they feel like they get to make some of their own decisions. Get the printable here.
Another way for children to keep a checklist close by is with these clipable checklist cards. Again, I suggest laminating them so your child can mark off chores and reuse the cards over time. Somewhat Simple provides the free download here.
Paint Chip Checklists
Add some fun color to chore time with the use of paint chips. I love how you can write each task or the steps in a chore on each color shade to make directions super easy to follow! Find this colorful idea on Decluttering Your Life.
Chores By Age
Make chore delegation easier on yourself with age appropriate chore cards. Download your chore cards for kids ages 2-15 from The Trip Clip.
Many household jobs don’t need to be done each week. Help your kids keep straight which jobs to do on any given week with these free editable checklists from P&G Everyday. I especially like how the lists also give a time frame for job completion!
Like pushing buttons on the elevator, there’s something about moving magnets on a chart that kids find really exciting. This is one chore chart idea that’ll really stick with your kids. Get the full DIY here from The Crafting Chicks.
Turn cleaning checklists into monthly calendars to break chores down into manageable daily tasks. Want gaming or TV time…? Do your daily chore first. Get the downloads here.