Here’s the deal: Every time I think up a chore system, it bombs after a couple weeks. My problem: I am great with coming up with ideas and I am terrible at follow-through. Last time, I had my kids marking off chores on a chore list and drawing craft sticks and pulling out rewards. That’s a lot of steps, and this mama just couldn’t keep up. I’m sure I still owe one of my kids an ice cream cone and a few dollars.
So, here I am, once again, tweaking the chore system, and the first thing I wanted to do was create something I actually wanted in my home. I have totally jumped on the “farmhouse bandwagon”, so I wanted to go in that direction. I started out with a barnwood frame and chicken wire stapled to the back. If you have been around a bit, it’s the same one I used for projects at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. It didn’t currently have a purpose, so I snatched it off the table and hung it on the wall using some D-Rings.
I found some small wood blocks at my local craft store and stained them to match the wood frame. I would typically use scrape wood, but I’ve burdened my husband enough with the One Room Challenge, so I spent a whole $2.77 to get these 4.
Using my Cricut, I created a stencil with each child’s name, and then one for “Extra” chores. I applied the stencil with transfer tape. If you don’t have lettering with holes (like o, a, p, etc.) you wouldn’t need the transfer tape.
I grabbed a small sponge brush and applied a very light coat of white paint.
Once dry, I lightly sanded over it to give it a more weathered appearance, and then hung the name plaques with some twine.
I thought long and hard about this year’s “reward system” and here’s what I came up with. There are chores I think are “par for the course”; things you do because you are part of this household, and for those chores, they get their (already) allotted 1 hour of screen-time; with each chore completed, earning them 15 minutes. I typed the chores on cardstock, and clipped them to the chicken wire using small antique bulldog clips. Once they are complete, they can flip them over and reveal the screen-time earned.
I also wanted to give my kiddos the opportunity to “go above and beyond” and, in doing so, they could earn some money, only this time; I made it easier on myself. I typed out the chores they could complete on small envelopes; inside those envelopes is the money they earn. I will have to remember to refill the envelopes, but I think I can do that, as I brought a coin stash down to my kitchen 🙂
And here’s the completed project:
What are your thoughts on chore systems? Have you found something that works for you?
Love it? Pin it!
You Might Also Enjoy: