I want to get my kids on board with organizing and helping out around the house. I figure the early I start filling them with organizational skills, the faster they will catch on. I have a 6 year old, a 4 year old, and a 2 year old. My oldest hates anything that constitutes a chore or helping out. He's much too busy doing his own thing. My middle is a great helper and is eager to learn new "jobs" around the house. My youngest is just starting to understand the concept of picking up his toys.
I figured a chore chart was an easy way to let them see what needs to be done without me nagging all the time. I decided a magnetic board would work well for our family. Swapping chores will be easy with this method and it lets each child see what is expected.
I started out with several silver/metal trays that I found at Goodwill. The small ones were under $2 each and the largest one was $4. I spray painted each tray a fun color and added a chalkboard painted center so I could easily write in any extra chores that might only come around so often. I labeled each tray with the child's name using my silhouette and some premium vinyl.
Next I bought round wood discs from Michael's. These were under $2 for a pack of 8. I painted them white and added a round magnet to the back. I used my printer to print out the various chores and Mod Podged them onto the painted discs.
I love how this project turned out. I needed something to hang on our new toy cabinets to hide some slight scratching from the previous owners. This was the perfect thing. My kids were so excited about it tonight. I even had my oldest helping without complaint. The two oldest picked out which chores they wanted to complete and then completed them. I think this system is going to work great for our family and adding more chores as the kids grow older will be easy. The whole project cost me less than $20. That was definitely money well spent. We are now on our way to be more organized when it comes to household chores!
What are you doing to get organized in 2012?