Our Chore & Routine System {Vlog}

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My son and I created a vlog on how our chore & routine system works.  This system kills 2, well really 3, birds with one stone.  Not only does it help them complete their daily chores, it also regulates electronic time, and helps teach saving/spending principles.

I came up with this system about 2 years ago, and have loved how well it has worked for our family.  We were really looking for 2 big things with our kids at the time:

  1. Teaching them to be consistent & diligent to do their chores & routines every day.
  2. Figuring out a way to limit electronic/screen time.

This system combines the two things perfectly for us, and has created something the kids are easily able to follow and keep up with daily.  We have worked out some kinks along the way as needs to be done when implementing anything new in your home.  We have had to stay on top of it and make sure they are actually doing what they mark off as done.  The outcome has been wonderful.

So now I am finally getting around to sharing this with you!  Watch our little vlog on how we do this system and feel free to grab the free chore & routine chart documents I am including in this post to use in your own home!

You can download my FREE, editable Chore Charts here {these are free for personal use, not selling}:


**I have also written a post on Routine Charts for Young Children (Pre-Readers) with free picture printables, if you are looking for something for that age group.

If you have any questions or thoughts, I’d love to hear them!



  1. How many “15 minute electronic time” sticks do you have made per kid? 🙂 Don’t want to run out! We’re going to try it out tomorrow! Do you give the sticks out daily, or weekly? Thanks!

    • I have about 125-150. If you have some serious savers on your hands, you might need more than that. I started out daily, but now do weekly, as it just didn’t feel necessary to do it daily. Let me know how it goes!!

  2. Looks like a great plan!
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  3. Love this! We have been doing the same thing (limiting electronic time by making them earn it with chores) for several years although not as well as you guys seem to be! As it is now, we have to remind our kids to do chores CONSTANTLY (and we get varying degrees of attitude each time) and the only time they look for chores to do is when they are out of magnets (that’s what we use) and want to play a video game or watch something on tv. This set-up, I am realizing, makes me and Dad the bad guys pretty much all the time. We are successful, I think, in teaching them that electronic time is a PRIVILEGE, not a right, but we are doing very little to actually teach them RESPONSIBILITY and as a result I am constantly running ragged and barking orders left and right. 🙁 Not the emotional environment we want to be creating at all! I do have several questions – first, what is Trevor talking about when he mentions “doing receipts?” Also, at what age did your kids start doing their own laundry? I think this has potential at my house but I’m a little scared of my 6-year-old getting ahold of the big bottle of laundry detergent and fabric softner! LOL

    • Hi Ruthanne! Awesome that you guys do this too!
      When Trevor mentioned receipts, he was talking about an extra chore that he and Zoe trade off each week to get extra points. They file our shopping receipts into monthly envelopes to keep them organized should we need to go back and find a receipt for something.

      I taught them to do their own laundry when one was 7 & one was 9. I walked through it with both of them, and did a few extra walk throughs with my 7 yo to make sure she could handle it. I also wrote the directions on the washer and dryer in dry erase marker, so they could follow those as a reminder if they forgot what to do.

      We try to also put things in place so that it will not be fun to skip out on chores, like losing other privileges, allowance, etc. It’s definitely not an option for them to do/not do their chores. I know they don’t like chores (I don’t either), but its part of being in a family, and will help them to be responsible adults.

      It sounds to me like you guys are doing a great job! Keep up the good work! 🙂

  4. I have just recently found you! I am so excited….I watched your tutorial on burp cloths and it was just precious, then found your website and realized you homeschool (big plus!) I am SO excited to be following you and look forward to reading more of the things you post. I also read about your losses and I deeply and truly sorry! I experienced the loss of my first child in 2005 when I was only 9 weeks along and it was the hardest thing I have had to face so far. However, because of that experience, I treasure and value my two daughters and the time I have with them. God will carry you in the midst of this storm, keep under His wing my friend!

    • I am so glad you are enjoying the blog! I am thankful to have you here. And thank you for your sweet, encouraging words 🙂

  5. Tamara Meyer says:

    I love this idea! I am unable to open word documents. Would it be possible to send these charts to me in another format?

  6. I know this is an older blog post, but maybe you’ll still see my questions.
    1. For the “spenders” in the family – do you limit how much they can play at a time? Your son mentioned 40 sticks and I’m envisioning marathons – ugg.
    2. If one child is buying some screen time, are the others allowed to watch them play. (my three boys love to sit around and watch each other play – which is still screen time!)
    3. have you had any problems with stealing sticks? I notice your sticks are down low where little hands can reach them. This would be very tempting for 2 of my kids.

    • Hi Heidi!
      1. Yes, we had a limit on what they could use each day. That is up to your family what you want that to be, or if you want a limit!
      2. I personally did not let the other watch unless they were using screen time too, but again, that is personal preference, and up to your family.
      3. At the time we just had the two kids, and the sticks were on the kitchen counter, and it wasn’t a problem for us. But you could always keep them in your room or up higher if you needed to watch that more closely.

  7. I love your ideas for chore charts and household routines. Our preschool uses a similar chart for the kids in the class so it makes it easy for us to use the same system at home. They use the picture one at school so I was wondering how to make one for home, this will help a lot thank you.
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