In spite of my having tried over and over again (however weakly) to establish a good chore system in the Diamonds in the Rough household, nothing has really worked. (More evidence that we are still "rough".) The weakest link has always been the mother, who is not very consistent at following through and making sure these things are done -- except for the obvious ones, like dishes still in the sink. As for laundry, I don't have to even think about the girls' wash. That was assigned to the older girls ages ago.:)
SmocketyFrocks has posted a wonderful chore chart! With a bit of ingenuity I made one (backwards and inside out -- who reads directions?), and it's working!
The pink sections are for weekly jobs, and the yellow are to be done daily. The jobs in the center are to be done weekly, too, but I forgot to highlight them. The center part of the chart rotates one job to the right each Monday morning. This way, each girl does each job for three weeks, with a bit of variation each week. A bit of FunTac behind the middle circle keeps it from spinning accidentally (or on purpose, hmm), and us from losing our place. The flower in the center is a shank button with safety pin on the reverse side.
It needs a bit of tweaking. Emily is not big enough to handle the supper dishes by herself, and Elisabeth can't stand anything crumbly or slimy in her dishwater, so I have been washing for both girls while they dry and put away. Hence I am washing a lot more dishes than I was before the new system. Also, I need to add "wipe out the van" with "set table".
The girls have been quite willing to serve cheerfully, which is a huge blessing! Thank you, my lovelies!
Yesterday I began my ruthless decluttering, taking the wise Biblical advice of a good friend -- BE THE EXAMPLE!!! While I did get rid of two large boxes, the stuff that was in them was mostly hoarded and repacked in other boxes that had empty space. lol. I was not as ruthless as I had hoped, but the closet looks better anyway. That was the upper shelving. Now for the clothes and the floor.
Also in the news: T-Tapp is working!! Yippee!! Always the skeptic, I am becoming a believer in spite of myself. Who would have believed a fifteen minute workout could deliver results in a week?