There are endless chore charts available for kids. Like this one and this one. The bloggers of the world have that covered. If you want your kids doing chores, there are lots of ways to get them going and motivated. But the truth is that most adults need a chore chart to keep their houses clean and tidy, too. It really is the secret to keeping a clean home.
Do you know exactly what chores you need to get done today? How long, exactly, has it been since you cleaned your bathroom???
If you don’t know, then a chore chart for adults is definitely the answer for you to finally start keeping a clean and tidy home.
If you’re like me, when the house is a disaster and you haven’t really done any cleaning in weeks, it can be overwhelming to even figure out where to start. And when you don’t know where to start, the easiest thing becomes to just do nothing! Let the house stay messy!! No one ever died from an unkempt home right???
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But let’s be honest, it’s so much more pleasant to live in a house that’s doesn’t require caution tape around the front door to warn all who enter of what lies behind.
I’m pretty sure my stress levels triple when my house is a mess. It’s hard for me to be calm and pleasant to my children when there are 27 dirty diapers stacked up on the changing table, and I have to trip over 8 pairs of shoes on my way from the kitchen to the bathroom, only to find it out of toilet paper when I get there, as well as some questionable pink mold growing in the toilet bowl and the bottom of the sink.
Not to mention that I haven’t washed dishes in 2 days, and every time I want to use a plate I have to get a dirty one out of the sink and wash it.
None of that is a recipe for a happy mama.
So what’s the secret to keeping a clean house? A daily, weekly and monthly chore chart for adults.
I’m not talking about anything crazy like a multi-colored spinning wheel or anything like that. This adult chore chart is really more of a glorified, ongoing, to-do list.
I’ve organized this chore chart according to things that need to be done on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. I laminated mine and stuck it to the refrigerator. Then I use a whiteboard marker to check things off throughout the day as I get them done.
This really helps to eliminate that overwhelmed feeling that is such a barrier to getting housework done. Instead of looking at the giant mess that is my home and not having a clue where to start, I just consult my handy dandy chore chart! The daily chores are the most important: washing dishes, unloading the dishwasher, straightening up clutter, making the bed etc. I’m always going to make sure those are done before I move on to any of the weekly or monthly chores.
By checking off jobs as I go along, I have a record of what’s already done, and a growing sense of accomplishment as I go about my day/week/month! That way, when I’m losing my mind on a Thursday afternoon and I barely know which way is up, I don’t have to try to remember how long it’s been since I cleaned my bathroom or if it’s time to change the bed sheets. The chore chart knows!
The other thing about following my chore chart for adults is that once you get your house back in order once, it’s mostly about maintaining that level of cleanliness and organization. If you keep your dishes washed and spend a few minutes once or twice a day straightening up clutter, things aren’t ever going to get out of control the way they do when you neglect the house for days (or weeks!) on end.
Why should an adult use a chore chart?
Having a relatively clean and tidy home leads to so many great benefits. I swear, everything in life is a little easier and more manageable when your home is in order. If you find yourself constantly stressed out and feeling like you can’t keep up with life, I really recommend figuring out how to manage your home better, even if you think the mess doesn’t bother you.
I can nearly guarantee you that your quality of life will go up. You’ll feel more at peace. You’ll be able to have friends over for dinner without having to spend two full days prior to their arrival cleaning like a madwoman. You’ll be able to find your keys as you’re headed out the door instead of spending 10 minutes digging through couch cushions trying to remember where you last set them down. Who knows, you might even be able to invite a friend over for lunch at the last minute when you run into them at the library!
Anyway. Rant about that, over.
A practical chore chart for adults
I like to think my chore chart is pretty practical. It’s simple – I chose to only put the most vital of home management tasks. You won’t find a section for wiping down baseboards or vacuuming underneath couch cushions. Those things can wait – no one but you notices them. Just focus on doing the most important things first, and you’ll do great.