Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Planning an Organized Home - Part 1 - Chore Charts

I started a post on this a few weeks ago and started getting so far in to it that it was looking more like a book than a post.  So, I decided to break it down in to a mini series called:

Planning an Organized Home

It's a short, six part series that I want to share with you on how I started to get our home organized and in a better routine than we have had in the past.  The more routine, the less whining "why do we have to??".  It becomes a part of every day life for every one in the house.

The first thing I worked on were chore charts: one for the kids and one for the parents.  While I have a pretty good routine for my own household chores, having it in writing and staring me down keeps me from falling off track so much.  I searched online for different printable and customizable charts, and ended up finding some pre-loaded with my ancient laptop under Microsoft Works.  If you have Microsoft Excel or Word, you can do the same thing.  I attempted to copy our chart to this blog but it doesn't pull it all in.  Essentially this is what I have in an Excel format:

Chores                                                     Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Paid Chores

Laundry (25 cent)

Dishes (25 cent)

Pick up Living Room (10 cent)

Trash Out (25 cent)

Cans & Bottles Out (10 cent)

Boxes Out (10 cent)

Feed Animals (10 cent)

There are boxes under each one for every day of the week.  I use colored ink pens and write a "C" or a "J" (my kids' names) for who does what each day.  I also have a list under the "Paid Chores" labeled "Every Day Chores".  Every day chores that are a must but they do not get an allowance for are cleaning their rooms, putting away dirty clothes, doing homework, reading, etc. 

When a chore is completed I put little stickers in the box.  I have one set of stickers for each child so it's easy to keep up with who did what.  The chore chart stays on a clipboard and hangs on the wall in the kitchen.  Every day they come home from school to see what is on their list for that day.  They have actually become excited to see what they have to do, since they now earn money for it (albeit very minimal).  They both have "wants" all the time (what kid doesn't??) and I have refused to keep buying "junk" toys every time we go out.  They now have a list of things they would like to buy, know how much it costs, and are learning to figure out how long it will take them to buy it based on their chore allowance.

Oh, and there is one other section I have added to the chore chart.  Deductions.  Oh yes, I am deducting for whining, back talk, fighting, yelling, lying, and asking WHY.  All I have to do is threaten to take away from their allowance and it curves the behavior.  Most of the time.

I tried to scan and attach a copy of what I use as a photo, but it looks rather small on my end.  If you would like a copy you can edit for yourself, send me an email or comment below and I'll be happy to send you what I have.
Here are some links to some great printable chore charts:
Essentially, I took my favorite aspects of each one and combined them with the one I had in Microsoft Works.  These are great ones to get started with.
Check back for Part 2 of Planning an Organized home tomorrow.
Until then,
Amy~The Dixie Diva

Friday, January 18, 2013

What Happened to January?

I started out the new year with great intentions.  I have  a new blog journal with tons of subjects, a file full of photos on the pc, and a series on getting organized planned.

So what happened?

That thing called life.

My huband's grandfather had what they believe was a stroke on the 4th.  On the 8th they called in the family....which was also my husband's birthday.  His Paw Paw didn't pass that day though, but did on the 10th.  Saturday the 12th was the receiving of friends and a beautiful military funeral.  Paw Paw was a wonerful man that we all loved and is missed so much already.

Late Sunday night, about 11:30, my 7 year old wakes us up.  Stomach flu.  Worst I think I have ever seen.  Then she goes back to school on Wednesday and I take her 4 year old brother the doctor.  Strep infection.  At 5am Thursday, the stomach flu gets him.

Now I'm not feeling so well.  We can't seem to catch a break.

Hopefully next week I can get back in the grove of things.  I have a series planned for getting organized and details and the how to's of planning a Willy Wonka birthday party.

Until then, please keep my family in your prayers.

Amy~The Dixie Diva

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! We had a great one, despite half my family being sick.   So ready to start a fresh new year with everyone healthy!

Okay, anyone make New Years resolutions? I have been compiling several bucket lists but no resolutions.  Just things I would like to accomplish wih myself, family, home and my craft business. 

I wanted to start the new year out with a brief post to let you know what I am going to be working on over the next few weeks.  My daughter's birthday is 5 weeks away and I am planning a Willy Wonka party for her.  Last year she had a great sleepover that I blogged about and I was able to do so fairly cheap.  I hope to do the same this year and will be blogging as I go.

That's it for now! I am trying out my new tablet for this post and its not the best.  There is no spell corrrect or I haven't figured it out...and this touch screen is not cooperating with my fast typing!!

What are your crafty plans for the upcoming year?

Unitl next time...

Amy-The Dixie Diva