Are you looking for easy ways to get your family to help with chores around the house? Are you tired of nagging, reminding, asking over and over? Here are some great ideas to get your family to help with chores!
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A couple weeks ago I lost my mind a little. My laundry had piled up, the dishwasher and sink were full, and the dog’s was doing a tumbleweed thing in the corners of the living room. I was running kids around, working on blog work, and trying to juggle all the things.
So, instead of calmly asking my lovely family to pitch in, I let myself get frustrated and lose my cool with my family. Now let me say, my husband and boys are super, they’ll do anything I ask and are always happy to help. But I realized as I was losing my mind a little the problem wasn’t that they wouldn’t help, but that I had to ask everytime I need it.
Time for a better system. Time for some tools to make it way easier. Time for a tidy house and a calm mama!
Here are my tips to get your family to do chores!
#1- Have a family meeting– If your family is anything like mine, they might be clueless that you even need help. As moms we tend to buzz around getting things done, know what’s on our list and taking it all on ourselves. Since were so good at juggling everything sometimes they don’t see where we need assistance. When we start to feel frustrated we need to tell them! So call a meeting , have a discussion, ask your family for help!
#2- Realize they might not do things “your way”- Lets admit this here at the beginning. We can tend to take more on ourselves because we want it done a certain way. I know when my son empties the dishwasher things can end up in weird places and my husband sorts the laundry in a super wacky way, but you know what? Things are getting done! So let go of the reigns a little and let your family help!
#3- Get help from Homey- Our family loves tech. We have smartphones, tablets, computers, the works, so why not use them to help? Enter in the Homey app. Homey lets you add family members and assign different responsibilities and chores to each. Each family member can download the app on their device so that they can keep track!
One of the things I love is not only does the app remind them about their jobs but they can also report them as finished and I get the notification! (No nagging from mom!) Homey has a great list of pre-loaded jobs and you can also add your own, you can even personalize them with pictures! You can assign jobs to yourself and your hubby (honey- do list done!)
#4- Put up Reminders- For things that aren’t chores, but things you just want your family to remember a little reminder can help. I have a printable “Put your dishes in the dishwasher” sign that goes over the sink when it’s empty and the dishwasher is ready for dirties.
I have also been known put a post it or 2 in the bathroom with things like “pick up your dirty clothes” and “clean up after yourself”
#5- Incentivize getting the job done– I know there are some people who don’t like to give their kids money for household chores. I however, am not one of them. I feel like money is a great motivator, and by giving them pay for work they can start learning money management, and work ethic. One of the features I love in the Homey app is the ability to assign values to jobs and add additional jobs so they can earn more money if they want! With the app you can transfer money directly to them and kids can set up savings “jars” to transfer their money to if they want to save for something special. Giving your kids an incentive is a great way to get the jobs done!
Next time you’re ready to lose your mind a little or feeling like you want to get your family organized and working together try these ideas! You can have a tidy home and a little more sanity by getting your whole family to help with chores!
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