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Get your Family Racing to Complete Chores! 
by Monica Resinger
_http://homemakersjournal.com_ ( 
My family went on a mini vacation a few years back which included a stay at  
a very nice hotel. During our stay, I admired how clean the room was and 
wished  my home could be that clean. We had a long drive home and I thought 
how I  could start keeping my home that clean or close to it. The reason my 
house  wasn’t as clean as I liked was because I didn’t do everything that 
to be  done when it needed to be done—in other words, I didn’t have a 
What I came up with was a chore schedule list. I started out by writing  down 
every chore that needs to be done for each room in the house, then I  labeled 
them with either a D (for daily), a W (for weekly), an M (for monthly)  or 
1-3 x a year. Then I went to the computer and opened up 4 new documents and  
saved them as Daily, Weekly, Monthly and 1-3 x a year. On each of these  
documents I listed each chore that needs to be completed in that time frame and 
an area for checking off each chore on each day, week or month when  
It has been a while since I created these chore schedules and since then,  I’
ve come up with an excellent way to get my family to help.  Here’s what I  
did:  I made the chores schedules into tables with spaces to write in  
initials completes the chore.  At the end of the week, we tally  up initials 
and we come up with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place winners (4 people in  my 
family).  First place is the one who has the most initials and so  on.  We give 
to 1st place, $7.00 to 2nd, $5.00 to 3rd and a giant candy  bar to 4th.  To 
even be considered for a prize, a family member must have  at least 7 chores 
This method has members of my family racing to get as many chores done as  
possible within a week trying to win 1st place!  The house has been much  
cleaner and my kids are learning housecleaning skills while having fun trying 
win.  Of course it has been much less work for me so it is well worth the  
paid for prizes.  If you don’t agree with paying money for chores,  then you 
could give other types of prizes such as time spent with mom or a day  at the 
park, etc.
Monica is the founder Homemaker's Journal E-publications, the growing home  
of many fun and informative home and garden e-books, tip sheets, articles and  
more!  _ ( 
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**************Start the year off right.  Easy ways to stay in shape.

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