New chore list

In an effort to mix things up a bit, we’re starting a new chore system this week. I would love to take credit but I’m pretty sure I didn’t make this up myself. Tell me if this looks like your idea, because I would love to give credit where it’s due but my memory just isn’t playing nice today.

Here’s the old list.
This time I have divided the chores 5 ways. The 4 older girls will rotate down the list, week by week. The 5th and 6th girls will work together as a team.
If somebody does an unacceptable job all week, they will have double duty the following week: they’ll move down the list to the next set of chores but continue to work on their previous week’s assignment at the same time.
If somebody finds herself with double duty for a week, that means somebody else will find herself with no assigned chores. In that case, I’m thinking I will have a personal assistant for the week. You know, somebody to bring me bon-bons and frappucinos while I blog. After all, I’m not a working mom. Wink, wink.

#1 – Deanna, our oldest will start here
Living room
Vacuum (dining room & living room)

#2 – Kaitlyn starts here
Dining room
Bookshelves (dust & straighten)

#3 – Lydia starts with these jobs
Job Inspector (make sure sisters did their jobs and report to me)

#4 – Megan starts here
Laundry room
Animals (dogs, cat & litter box, gerbils, rabbits)

#5 – Natalie & Becca

As usual, dishes, laundry and bedrooms are separate from the job list.
What do you think? Is the Job Inspector title asking for trouble, or saving me some trouble? Have you ever tried something like this before?


  1. Christine says:

    I have 4 kids and I homeschool them. The kids are assigned chores but they are balanced. There is know Big I’s and little u’s in the sense of children. In my opinion, no matter how much you explain every detail of the position you should not expect everyone to understand on the same level. I have come to understand that you should never give a pedestal seat. But that child is dependable, let everyone be accountable for themselves and what your expectancy is for them. It teaches responsility, dependablity, goal setting, multitasking, trust, etc. in great levels. It is like this God give us him Spirt (the Holy Spirit) to teach and guide us. We are the Holy Spirit in our children lives not other siblings. Trust your children to do what you ask of them. And if its not done accordingly, and their love and obedience for you and what you have ask of them will supersede any inspection.

  2. I think it’s brilliant.

    And I’m looking forward to your report on how it works.

  3. *MichiganMomma* says:

    I think the job of “inspector” is a great idea! You hardly have the time to run around checking all the jobs. Of course, you would have to explain this job IN DETAIL to all the kiddos, telling them HOW it is to be said, in what TONE, etc. Once the girls realise they will ALL eventually get a turn at this job, I think it would work great!


  4. I think you are setting up the “job inspector” for resentment from the other girls. No one likes to have a sibling be “bossy”.
    Just food for thought.

  5. I handle chores like that! We rotate weekly, but the double duty didn’t work so well. I think it was more becuase I did not have a chore inspector. I don’t have time to go around inspecting chores all day, and by the time I do, it may have already been destroyed, but it may have not been done.

    I’ve given up for the time being and we are just all running through and cleaning the house at the same time and getting it done fast.

  6. Chaotic Mom says:

    I would agree with KenJ it depends on the daughter would by no means be a good job inspector, while she may be FABULOUS at “inspecting” when it is her turn to inspect things might not be so pretty and fabulous anymore….. It looks great though

  7. In our home, the job of inspector would depend entirely on the child. Some can handle it better than others. One in particular would not do well with that much power ;D But others would be able to be humble and kind.

  8. I wish I had that many kids, it could be very useful, sometimes (especially with chores!)

    I don’t know if your inspector will be trouble, since I don’t have a similar family, but I use my 3 year old as MY inspector, and sometimes (often) point at me little messe I might have missed… I’d say trouble or not will depend on the integrity of the inspector 🙂 Good luck! That seems like such a neat system!

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