Weekly and Monthly Chore Chart

housework_chart_plannerChores. We all have them. No matter how you try to simplify them out they are a pain. Hence, the myriad of products that are out there that are supposed to miraculously clean your house without you having to lift a finger! But, alas, they have to get done, or our homes become a mountain of chaos, like you see on one of those hoarding shows. (Admit it, you like to watch those just to feel better about your mess, am I right? “My house is messy, but it’s not THAT bad!” I know, me too.)

I came up with this chore chart after trying so many different systems. I found all kinds of chore charts online that other people had created that looked fancy and pretty, but they just weren’t quite right.

The problem was, their chart didn’t work in my house. The number one reason was because they weren’t created by homeschoolers, so they didn’t include homeschool responsibilities on their chart. The other reason was they had things listed on their chart that didn’t apply to me or my house.

So I created a system that works for me. I wanted to include only the chores that I am responsible for, so I can keep track of my own time. I left out the chores that I have delegated to my kids. You can read about how I did that here.

This chart includes chores that I need to manage on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.  These chores pertain to me, so if you want to know how to create your own chart with chores that pertain to you, keep reading.

If you want to download a free copy of my chart, click here.

To start on your own list, first you need to decide which chores you need to get done everyday, once a week, and once a month. I did this by listing all of the chores I could think of first, and then going through that list and designating them as daily, weekly, or monthly. For instance, doing the dishes, sweeping the floor, cleaning the livingroom, laundry, etc. are all daily chores. Grading kids’ school work, paying bills, mopping floors, vacuuming, dusting, etc., are weekly chores. And all of that other stuff that you forget most of the time are monthly – cleaning the oven, dusting ceiling fans, vacuuming furniture, etc.

After your list is all written out and separated into daily, weekly, and monthly chores, now you can delegate which chores you want your kids to take care of. My kids are older, so I can delegate some of the more difficult chores, like washing dishes, vacuuming, and mopping floors to them. If your kids are younger, you’ll have to keep that in mind. As soon as a child is walking they can be taught responsibility, like picking up toys and clothes. So make sure you get them started early and teach them responsbility from the start!

Okay, once you have the chores separated out into kid and mom chores, take all the kid chores and put them into a separate file or sheet of paper. Cross them off your list. This is your chore chart we’re focusing on here.

I created my chart in Microsoft Word, using a simple table. The daily and weekly chores are in the same table, and all of the monthly chores in a separate table. This helps to quickly look at your chart and see what you have to do each day – your daily chore, weekly chore for that day of the week, and monthly chore. You can download my chart to use as an example. You will see that I did not date my monthly chart. I set it up so there are 4 weeks, 7 days a week. If the month starts on a Wednesday, I start with the first Wednesday of the month and work my way through it. When I get to the end, I go back to the top and start with the ones I missed. This way, everything will get taken care of.

What if I miss a day because I’m sick or we’re on vacation? Well, the nice thing about this chart is that all of the chores are getting taken care of monthly. So if I happen to miss something this month, or this day, I can add it to the next day, or just wait until the next week, or month.

Here’s to getting organized! I hope this helps you create the perfect chore chart for you. Let me know if you have any questions about this system by leaving a comment below.

Do you have a system that you use? Share what it is in the comments below!