The Chore Jar: a Great Way to Divvy Up Family Chores


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My husband and I tend to split the chores fairly equally. Happily, we each tend to gravitate toward different chores on the to-do list. He'll vacuum and change the cat's litter without complaint, while I have no problem getting down and dirty scrubbing sinks and tubs. For the most part, it works out.

But even for a family willing to share the chores, there are always those chores that nobody wants to do. Whether it's cleaning the toilet or dusting the blinds, there are some chores that are just unpalatable to everyone.

That's where a chore jar comes in handy. My husband and I came up with the chore jar when we were first married and found that there were certain chores that we both avoided like the plague. One Saturday, after we'd fought over who was going to do what and then promptly ignored those unwanted chores for the umpteenth time, we decided there had to be a better way to decide. So we made a chore jar.

Basically, the chore jar is simple. Unwanted chores get written on slips of paper, folded up, and then deposited in a canister of some sort. Then at chore time, each family member reaches in and pulls out a slip of paper. The chore listed on the chosen piece of paper is the chore that person will complete. End of story.

To make it more interesting, and yes, even a little bit fun, we threw in some freebies and bonuses.

The chore jar would work great for a family with kids. You could have a jar specifically for kid-friendly jobs, depending on the age of your children. Kids love to pull things out of a jar and this makes a game out of chore-time.

The great thing about the chore jar is that you customize it. Kids can decorate whatever container you select for your chore jar, and you can create freebies and bonuses based on the likes of your own family. You can put all of the household chores in the chore jar or you can use the chore jar only for the unwanted tasks. For children, this would also be a great way to have them earn their allowances, by assigning a monetary value to each chore in the chore jar.

So if you're looking for a way to get your family more involved in the care and cleaning of your home, or if you're just looking for a fair way to divvy up the unwanted chores, give the chore jar a try.

Lisa is an author on http://www.Writing.Com/ which is a site for Fiction Writing .


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