I have been doing this parenting gig for over 23 year. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being a mom, but I am beyond burned out from being the task-master when it comes to chores. I’m just tired of asking if something has been done, following up, all the way down to tallying chore income.
I’ve always admired organized people. I admire them from afar, oh and awe at their Pinterest images, and then toss together my own make shift system.
I saw a gorgeous image that did not remotely resemble what I put together in my mudroom. I went for the allure of cold hard cash. The rules are simple in my household. Do two chores of your choice, collect the money, and then you can turn on the TV.
There isn’t a whole lot of down time in my household. We all keep busy. My girls are not only great students, but they are dedicated dancers. They manage their own schedule when it comes to school and dance and they do a great job. The last thing anyone wants to do after a long day is chores, but reality has to win when it comes to chores.
My goal is to give them the freedom to make as much money as they are willing to work for, keep my house relatively clean without a housekeeper, and take some of the actual work of chores off my plate and the unpleasantness of being a task-master.
I’d love it if my mudroom chores-o-matic chart was Pinterest-worthy picture perfect, but I’d much prefer a functioning hands-off system. If I never have to ask whose turn it is to wash the dishes ever again I will be satisfied with the system. When my kids ask for some extra money to go out with friends I can refer them to the chores-o-matic where earnings are instant and extra money is abundant.
How about you – do you have a system that works for your family?