Before I had Lucy, I talked in-depth-ish (That enough hyphens for you? Ha!) about what chores look like in our house over on Instagram.
Lucy’s pregnancy made me incredibly tired, and I needed extra help. Usually during my pregnancies, I have better control over the cleanliness of my house because I’m preparing to bring another person into our home, but this time, I was just tired and needed to delegate more. Luckily for me, this was easy to do since my kids enjoy change, and for the few months that it really mattered, they were excited to complete the tasks given.
Toward the end of my pregnancy things started to get a little hairy. Things weren’t getting done properly, (And I have pretty low standards when the kids are in charge.) and I was just kinda hanging on for dear life. In fact, our house was a disaster when I went in to have Lucy. I was not prepared at. all. since I had over two more weeks until my due date. But, that’s a story for a different day. Her story is coming to the blog soon. 😉
Anyway. I learned about breaking your home up in zones on Youtube, (Our Tribe of Many, check them out. You won’t regret it.) and I thought, “I could make that work!” And it reallllly has! The kids have the opportunity to master a skill by working on that particular area of the house every day. There’s never any question of who did what each day. By making it “their” area of the house there’s not any need to delegate each day, or arguments. “I did that chore last time! I’m not good at that!” Those conversations were eliminated.
Disclaimer: my home is pretty small. It’s 1,100 square feet, and that includes four decent size bedrooms. So, the actual living and communal spaces the kids are in charge of aren’t massive rooms, or anything. That’s why giving them each a room works for us. Maybe try splitting things up if your kids aren’t ready to take on a full room, or the rooms are large.
Here is the first chart I created: (Excuse the horrible picture, I threw this away and had to take a snapshot from my Instagram stories.)
Obviously, I went a little overboard. When we created this chart, I split up the house, and then determined which child would be capable of handling each part of the house. Then, I sat with them and we talked about the things that need to be done, and the things that should be done in that area of the house. Obviously, (or maybe not.) these were ambitious goals. Our house was super clean when we started these zones. We’d just hosted a birthday party and I did deep cleaning, so things started out as upkeep. As our house got back to normal, the zones started to get a little harder. Things get extra messy when we have a lot going on, or someone gets sick. It is what it is.
By the end of my pregnancy, the house was pretty messy again, and after I brought home Lucy, we did a big clean all together and then reassessed the zones. (Also another story for Lucy’s post. lol.)
Here is what we currently do:
Living room: Ella
Laundry room: Lylah
Hallway and bathroom: Ryder and Emma
The zones are the same, just simplified. There were things that weren’t being done properly, that I just needed to take over, like dishes, bathroom counter, and the toilet. We did away with the kids living room (It was a hassle to keep clean, and a waste of space for our family that likes to be in one place at a time– and now we have a school room again! Whoop!) so that weekly task was eliminated for the kids. Mopping with the Swiffer daily was leaving a film on our floors, so we mop weekly now.
Overall, things are the same, I just picked up the things that I “let slide” while I was pregnant-tired, and simplified our chore process even further. I now wash all the dishes, and pick up the “extras,” like the school room, laundry when we wash linens, etc.
Zones have my house so much cleaner, and make weekend deep-cleans faster and easier. (We do not deep clean every weekend. I wish we were that awesome, but we’re not. Ha.) When we do deep cleans, everyone is responsible for making sure their area of the house is sparkling. I usually help out in the areas kids aren’t so great at like, the stove and oven, and wiping down walls and baseboards.
We’re going to be shaking up zones pretty soon, so I’ll let you know how that goes!
Anyway, if you’re looking for a way to simplify your chore routine at home, I hope this helps if you were looking for inspiration! How do chores work in your house?