Chore Charts for Kids: ideas to try

With two new little people in the house, and with Lindsey transitioning out of her role as student and into a young adult who lives at home, it’s time to reevaluate how we manage household chores around here.


In case you might be looking to change things up a bit in your house, too, I’m sharing a few ideas I like.

Chore system ideas:

  • Another option for a cute chore chart is this super-cute one DIY chore chart made from a cookie sheet help make cleaning fun.
  • I like the idea of rewarding kids for chores without paying them money. Instead, they can shop in the Chore Store!
  • We’ve used this chore reward system in the past; even though this worked well for us, it’s time for something new — but whatever new system we end up with will likely include some aspects of this one.
  • Maybe calling them “chores” automatically makes them less enjoyable; instead, children can have service opportunities around the house.

As we get a new-and-improved system in place, I’ll share all about it! If you have posts about how your family does it, please leave the links in the comments because I’d love to read them!

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Thanks for the link, Jamie! I’m off to peruse all of your finds as we are honing this area of our life right now while we are taking a break from formal academics. 🙂


No kids yet, but this is something I’ll have to think about when we do have children! By the way, I’ve nominated you for the Super-Sweet Blogging Award–don’t feel obligated to pass it on, I just wanted to let you know! 🙂


Tristan at Our Busy Homeschool( just did a series on chores.


We like to use If my kids (12 & 14) are looking for money, they do chores, and after I mark them “approved” I allocate either cash or points towards activities they want to do. I let them choose. It’s been a great organizing tool for us. No more arguments 😉 And, well, they keep me accountable too.

Carol Paul

We have been cleaning “as a team” in our house for 14+ years now…we get the whole house done in less than an hour each week (and that includes sheets & towels!) I don’t clean any other time and I never clean alone 🙂 We then have a family bonding time afterwards…it has turned into a treasured family tradition. Our kids LOVE it and now won’t miss the weekly event!!
Send me your address and I will send you our chart 🙂