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Create a Chore Schedule Chart

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As the new week approaches, it's time embrace a bit more structure. With a weekly chore schedule that focuses on a specific area each day, you'll stay on top of the household cleaning and organizing. A regular schedule also helps the kids get used to a daily chore routine.

Creating Chore Chart

Every home is different, and every chore schedule begins with a master list. Start by listing of all the chores you'd do to get your house fully in order. Divide those chores into daily, weekly and monthly categories. For the daily and weekly chores, spread them evenly throughout the course of a single week, accommodating for your work and activity schedule so that lighter cleaning tasks fall on busy days and bigger jobs fall on less full days.

If you've got kids, assign age-appropriate tasks, like picking up toys for toddlers or washing windows for teens. For younger kids, keep an easy-to-read weekly checklist pinned to the fridge or bulletin board and determine appropriate incentives for getting chores done on time. Anything from a weekly allowance to more video game time fits the bill.

Chore Schedule Ideas

Monday

Monday

Start the week with an easy chore by giving the carpets a once-over with the BLACK+DECKER SMARTECH™ Cordless Lithium 2-IN-1 Stick Vacuum (Eggplant Purple). Just hit the Powerboost button when you need a little more power. If your kids are helping you clean, hand them the detachable hand vacuum for the couches, corners and curtains. Since it also works on hard surfaces, go ahead and give the common areas a quick vacuuming, too. It never hurts to be ahead of the curve on Monday.


Tuesday

Tuesday

Whether they're kindergartners or high schoolers, any kid can handle a feather duster. While your helpers dust the shelves, counters and furniture, tackle the windows. Wipe your glass with the BLACK+DECKER Powered Squeegee Vac. Its built-in spray and squeegee means you only have one step for a streak-free shine. After a round of window cleaning, break out the fully submersible BLACK+DECKER Power Scrubber to get your sinks and stovetop shining and ready to greet the week.


Wednesday

Wednesday v2

Mid-week is a great time to let off some steam by stepping outside, so save your outdoor walkway sweeping for Wednesday. While you're outdoors, work on a seasonal yard chore, like raking leaves, pruning or weeding. If your kids aren't quite ready for shears or trimmers, hand them a rake, or have them pick up light debris, weed by hand or water the grass.


Thursday

Thursday

On Thursday, go big with a little deep cleaning. The BLACK+DECKER 10-n-1 Steam-Mop™ with Fresh Scent comes with a removable handheld steam cleaner and helps you cut through 99.9% of bathroom germs. Spend time cleaning counters, grout lines and places that need extra cleaning like your toilet rims. Ask the kids to empty the trashcans throughout the house and make a list of any kitchen items or toiletries that need restocking.


Friday

Friday

After a few days of wear and tear, it's time to hit those common-area floors again. This time, cut through the mess on your tile, stone or sealed wood with the green cleaning power of your 10-n-1 Steam Mop™ and its microfiber pad. Then, take some time to refresh your closet by giving your kids a lesson in how to do their laundry.

Saturday

Saturday

The weekend is a great opportunity to tackle bigger projects. Knock out once-per-month or seasonal chores on a rotating schedule. Here are some ideas that might make your list:

  • Clean the inside of the oven, fridge or dishwasher
  • Wipe down the baseboards
  • Hand-vacuum window screens and vents
  • Wash ceiling lights and fixtures, and dust the fan blades
  • Vacuum and polish furniture, and sweep or vacuum underneath large pieces

Sunday

Sunday

On Sunday, take some time to relax and recharge for the coming week by focusing on the details. Polish the doorknobs, dust off knickknacks and décor and polish your mirrors. Once you’re done, take some time for yourself. Kick back, relax and prepare for your coming week.