Need to make a list.
Go through your house and devise a list of items you would like to include on the chore chart. Include everything from daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly, quarterly, biannually, and annual chores. Yes that's right, everything from dusting to changing the furnace filters. Once you have a list, then put each chore into the correct time category.
Ownership. Assign it or it won't get done.
When you have your complete chore list, you can then start to divide and conquer. There are a wide variety of options for assigning chores from very visual charts to spreadsheets or online calendars with reminders. Whatever system you decide to use, be sure that everyone on the chart has access to it and the chores are assigned appropriately by age and ability. (There is no sense in having spreadsheets if you intend your grade schoolers to participate.) With children in the house, the chart will need to be revised as they grow.
Work. Get it done.
So you made the chart, but the work doesn't end there! Make time each week to complete the chores and learn to build them in to your daily schedule. Maybe you have very busy Mondays. I would suggest then not building chores in to that schedule. Some people might prefer to get their chores done in the morning while others plan for the evening. Set yourself and your family up to succeed. Help the kids manage their chores. If this is a new concept for them, it may take some time to incorporate them in to their schedule.
Five Minute Fury!!! Regardless of the assigned chores of the day, each person in the house should commit to five minutes per day to walk through the house and gather their belongings and return them to their proper homes.
If you are so inclined, set up a reward system. That could include technology time, allowance, or some way to benefit the whole family. Movie night? Start a vacation fund? Make sure at the very least you acknowledge everyone for their efforts. Positive reinforcement can go a long way!
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As a professional organizer, I often talk with clients about time management. I suggest timing your chores so you have a better idea of expectations. For instance, it takes me about five minutes to fold and hang clothes as I remove them from the dryer, and about another three to go up two flights of stairs to put them away. It also only takes about three minutes to unload the dishwasher. I was pretty surprised myself when I did the exercise at home. It has certainly helped me to manage my list!