Plus, I am not a scheduled or regimented person. I never have been. We do things in a very unscheduled way. It may not work for everyone, but it all eventually gets done.
I have enough trouble getting my class kids to do chores. It's a Montessori school - they're supposed to clean!
I *am* a morning person, so I like to zip around in the morning and do ALL the chores. All I've ever asked is for people to pick up after themselves.
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What do you do in a chore session?
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I have had zero success with chores. Usually I just yell at them to clean up their messes. I also nag at them to do stuff occasionally. It's too tiring though, so I usually wind up doing it myself.
The musts are:
Switching the laundry and folding one basket
Once a day we do couches (because people always leave random crap on the couches), surfaces (like desks and the TV stand, again for random crap), and bathroom.
We have a super broken down chore chart so that no one person has any major burden. So one kid will have morning laundry, lunch dishes, sweeping one room, etc. I usually work in the kitchen or sweeping, or wiping random surfaces that are gross, or getting food ready, or where ever there seems to be a need. This sort of micromanaging of chores is not my personality type at all, I actually tend towards lazy and laid back. However, get to enough meals and find there are no dishes (we pretty much use them all up at each meal), or try to go out enough times and find no one has clothes, and I had to get organized about chores. I certainly don't think it's "the way" that everyone should be, but there are a lot of us, we all make a lot of mess (well, the 2 and 3 year old might be responsible for well over half the mess really) and it takes all of us to keep on top of things so we mostly have what we need. And we still run out of dishes and clothes pretty regularly.
We don't have any kind of formal chore list, which probably explains why the house looks like a bomb went off 98% of the time .
Mine take care of their own rooms (or don't if they prefer to live like a pig) and their own laundry. The most I do in that respect is yell at them occasionally to get their stuff out of the dryer because I have clothes that need to go in. Sometimes I do make them vacuum their rooms when it dawns on me it's been awhile. They do what I tell them to do though, like unload the dishwasher, but they really just do it when told. It will change a bit shortly since my oldest is moving into a college dorm in a few days, so the youngest will get the dishwasher unloading job 24/7.
The most I do chore wise in the morning is I might finish loading a half loaded dishwasher and turning it on, if I have time to kill while I wait for the Keurig to brew my coffee. But I'm not making any promises that will happen on any given day.
I admire those of you who actually do chores in the morning. I can't do anything. I lay out my clothes, make my lunch, clean up the kitchen, and wash myself the night before. This way, I don't need much more than my brain stem to get up and get out to work.
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I'm with Sprockey on everything she said in this thread. Not surprising. I just set expectations for things that would be nice to have the kids help with and/or just ask them to do something specific.
Your chore chart sounds like an entire other job. You have a much larger family so I'm sure you need to be more organized. If the dishes pile up in the sink, I eventually get to them.