Maintaining a home that’s fairly clean and presentable can be a challenge for busy parents with busy kids. Don’t take it upon yourself to do everything, however. Put together a chore system that works for your family and teach your kids that we’re all in this together. We’ve rounded up a few of our online favorites that range from super stylish to super simple — because at the end of the day, what matters is life just got a little easier.
Lemon Squeezy’s customizable magnet board is easy for early readers and kids who need both a kinesthetic and visual reminder of what’s to-do and done. For your preschoolers who still need pictures, check out Vanilla Joy’s magnet board made with cricut cutouts.
Washi tape brightens up the simplicity of popsicle sticks in a mason jar. This chore system takes up no precious wall space and lets kids “pick” their chore. Make it a game and see who can complete the most in the shortest amount of time.
Another great idea from Simply Kierste is to make a stylish chore chart with burlap, ribbon, and clothespins. When the chore is complete, you child can flip over the pin for a word of praise. Customize for little ones with pictures and smiley faces.
Even Martha Stewart advocates for the fridge magnets. Use this fun system to make magnet strips with your child’s photo at the top. Then make magnet strips of chores and assign at will.
Make little ones excited about helping with these coloring pages that track their chores. It’s a great way to reinforce that helping can be fun too.