Getting kids to do chores is something that all moms struggle with. Except maybe moms of alien kids who were born just loving to work. 😉 I’ve tried many systems over the years. Some have worked, some haven’t. The problem with most of them is that they took up tons of space, and didn’t really fit in with my decor. Those big huge chore charts stick out like a sore thumb. Bugs me. I finally came up with a system that has been functional, but also looks pretty. Score!
I decided to work up a tutorial for all you moms of non-alien kids that are looking for a “chore chart” system that can be adapted to look good in any room in the house. And you don’t even have to spend a lot of money. Woohoo! Here’s to a summer filled with kids that are just thrilled to do chores. OK, maybe not. But a girl can dream.
Chore Chart Jars Tutorial
Supplies: Empty cans or jars (I used formula cans and empty tootsie roll bank containers) Jute
Tags- purchased or homemade
Start with whatever empty jars you have on hand. I am using a formula can for this demo. Empty nut containers work great as well. Wash out the inside of the container and wipe it dry. Most of the time they are actually made of cardboard, so don’t leave them soaking in a sinkfull of water or they will fall apart! After your container is cleaned out and dry, remove the label. Now grab your hot glue gun and some jute. Apply small amounts of hot glue along the bottom edge of the container and wind jute around it. You want the bottom edge attached very securely so it doesn’t unravel. After you have the bottom on securely, you can just start winding the jute around. I didn’t even used hot glue in the middle. It goes much faster that way! When you get to the top of the container, start attaching the top two rows with hot glue like you did on the bottom. When you’re done it should look something like this: Next I added a strip of burlap around the middle. I attached it in the back with a little bit of hot glue. I had some tags in my scrapbooking stash, and I used a sharpie marker to write on the front of one of them. Then I attached it to the front with, you guessed it. . . hot glue. Then I repeated the entire process on four smaller cans, one for each of my boys. I added a monogram to the front so they all know which jar is theirs. Next I grabbed a few OK, a LOT of popsicle sticks. We’ve got a lotta chores that need to be done around here. LOL! On each stick I wrote a chore, and how much money can be earned by completing it. Some are super easy, others are more of a challenge. I put all of the sticks in the jar labeled “Chores”. Here’s how it works at our house. You can totally adapt it for your kids. Every week my boys have to clean their own room and one main room in the house, plus a bathroom (just the three oldest). We don’t pay them for those, we just let them eat and sleep here. 😉 So this system is a way for them to earn a little extra money. Every week they have to choose at least four sticks from the jar. They can choose as many extra as they want, but they must do the minimum. After they complete a job, they move the stick to their own jar. At the end of the week, we pay them for all the jobs in their jars. Easy peasy.
One thing I have liked about this system is that it is easy for me to add or remove jobs as they are needed. And this system doesn’t take up a lot of space like some of the ones I’ve tried in the past. Got any great tips for getting kids to do chores at your house?