Creating a Chore Chart & Allowance System

This week I decided to put the girls on a chore/allowance system. Do your chores: Earn $5. BUT, I realized we need some structure and organization to our new plan.

Knowing that a complicated system is hard to maintain, here's what we are going to try below.

OPTION 1: Chores:

Downstairs Bathroom


Downstairs Vacuum & Pick-Up
(Help with each at least once during the week)
Pick up own things in general areas
Room (Keep clean and vacuum at end of week)  

OPTION 2: Chores:

Upstairs Bathroom

Basement Vacuum & Pick-Up
(Help with each at least once during the week)
Pick up own things in general areas

Room(Keep clean and vacuum at end of week)

I am going to paste each option on a construction paper pocket and slide one girl's name in one pocket with lines for dating the paper each week. The other daughter's name will go in the other pocket. Each week, they will change duties and I will date the paper and write in how much each was paid so we know where we stand – especially if I have to write an IOU on them. They will be expected to save $.50 and put $.50 in the offering plate on Sunday.


That means of course, that I need to have ones and quarters on hand at the end of the week AND that during the week, I need to make sure they are doing these things.


1. I need to keep behind them to get these things done.

2. I have to pay them each week.


1. They will hopefully learn the value of saving, giving and helping around the house.

2. They won't always be asking me for money because they will have their own.

3. The chores will be done and I don't have to pay someone else to clean!

4. They will learn what clean means.

We'll see how it goes. I am not the best teacher when it comes to cleaning. I just keep saying, "Make white space. Clean 100%. Don't stop halfway" and so on. . .(Oh, and GET BACK IN HERE!)

Any other motivating one-liners?


  1. Jake Boxer says:

    I’ve been working really hard over the past few months on a website called called PowrHouse ( link to ). Your girls sound like they’re old enough to use e-mail, so I think your whole family would really enjoy it :)

    It’s currently in beta, but it works well (we’re using it in our household). You add everyone you live with (kids, spouses, roommates, etc.), add your chores (names and how often they should be done), and PowrHouse keeps track of whose turn it is to do each chore (and sends email reminders every night, with links to click to signal that you’ve done the chores).

    If you do end up using it, please contact me (my info is on the site) and let me know what you think, as I’m trying to make it as useful to as many types of households as possible. If not, thanks at least for reading this far :)

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