I cannot do it all and to get it done, I have to involve the kids and husband. Follow these hacks and tips for How to Organize Family Household Chores – timers, zones, music, charts, rewards and more!
How to Organize Family Household Chores
In the pass couple years, my “work” has exploded. I don’t mean business, I mean the responsibilities I hold. I learned, from friends, that would happen with older kids. There are more assignments, activities, responsibilities and more stuff. My bigger issue, though was there was also more kids. I had three kids in fourteen months. Yes, that is possible with twins. That took our family from a family of four to a family of seven rather quickly and I needed help. I had to involve my family to get things done.
Getting your family to help with household work doesn’t need to feel as though you are pulling teeth. Believe it or not, but there are methods out there that get your whole family involved! You don’t have to do everything yourself.
Make doing chores something the whole family gets involved in. Here are ways to how to get the whole family involved in Household Chores!
How to Get Your Family Involved in Household Chores
The more important jobs of the house shouldn’t only fall on mom. Of course, it’s easy to get frustrated when you feel as though your family isn’t helping you like you need them to. If you’re a busy mom and need some creative way to get the kids and husband to help with chores, I’ve got some ideas for you!
Set a Household Timer
Can’t get your family to help clean? Why not set a timer? Timers are great for getting something big done in a short period of time. When a timer is set, you don’t have time to get distracted. Plus, even the little ones enjoy having the time set. This is a cheap inexpensive way to get your family involved in housework.
Consider adding on our Daily Cleaning Checklist or Deep Cleaning checklist (found in our Busy Mom Binder). You can assign each person an area of the home (from the list) during this time.
A household timer let’s your kids know, something won’t last forever! Consider adding music during this time. It just makes it more fun.
Assign a Zone
A friend offered me this tip. Each child (depending on their age) had a zone of the house. For mom it as the kitchen and master bedroom. For dad it was the porch, patio and garage (and offer flow of the kitchen). For my oldest it was her bedroom, the living room and the dish washer. For my second oldest it was her bedroom and the shared bathroom. For some of my younger children it was the playroom and they could do that combined. Set a timer for 10 minutes and everyone gets to work daily for cleaning up their zone.
Don’t Expect Things to Change Too Fast
Your family isn’t going to automatically wake up on a Saturday and start cleaning. When it comes to family household work or chores, it’s going to take time to make these changes happen. Start implementing smaller tasks at a time.
- Start by having your family help with one thing at a time.
- Change things slowly and not all of a sudden.
- Expect a little pushback from your family, they’re not going to love these changes at once.
Give it time for these changes to take place. You’ll be glad you didn’t go into this whole household chores thing thinking the whole family was going to jump on board right away. Lower your expectations.
Give Rewards When They Are Due
Kids who do chores shouldn’t necessarily get paid, but they can be rewarded. You don’t need to pay your kids with money to get them excited about doing chores. If you have younger kids, they may not even be at an age where they get excited about the money.
Find what really motivates your child and reward them with that. Rewards can be stickers, a favorite show, or even an ice cream treat. Our screen time tickets are very popular and might be the perfect fit for your child. Finding out what motivates your family will help save your sanity.
Make it Fun and Not Stressful
If you are yelling at your family to help you clean, it’s not going to turn out well. One of the best things you can do for your family is to make it fun and not stressful. Think of housework like working as a team. The more you do together, the faster it will all go! Turn on the music and have a dance party while you clean.
Don’t Forget the Chore Chart
The chore chart may be an oldie, but it’s still a goodie. There is a lot of creativity in chore charts! In our our Busy Mom Binder you can download this detailed chore chart which tells kids HOW to clean their room so you aren’t busy hovering like the helicopter mom you don’t have time (or desire) to be. You could also make your own chore chart to personalize it to your home and needs.
Stick with It
As a mom, it’s easy to see that getting everyone to help you is harder than it’s worth. NOT. Don’t give up on this and stick with it. Hold your family accountable and they will come around. Consistency is key! Make them help you do it every single time.
You don’t have to nag, scream, or cry to get them to help! Stay positive and stay consistent and you’d be amazed at how much you can get your family to help.
Show Don’t Tell
While no one is going to come close to doing it HOW you like it done, you can still teach them your way. There is going to be a learning curve with anything your kids learn, however, they can still get it done.
Do the chore with them the first couple of times, so that they KNOW how to do it. Doing it this way means there are no excuses for them not knowing how to get it done.
How do you get your family involved in helping with household work? Do you have secrets to share about getting your family to do chores?
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