chore charts

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i am a stickler for chores.  i feel pretty strongly about my kids doing chores for a few reasons: 1) we really want our kids to have a strong work ethic, 2) i want our kids to leave for college knowing full well how to take care of themselves, and 3) i don’t want to do all the work myself!

we have been using a set of chore charts i made for the last couple years, but i realized that while silas’ chores were appropriate for him when he was 4, now that he’s 7 he should definitely have more responsibilities.  and because silas was going to take more responsibilities, it lessened the load on the girls a little bit.  so that lead me to needing to make new charts.

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ok, here’s where you can all laugh at me.  if i knew how to use my computer beyond making a word document, this could look so much better.  but no.  i made this simple chore chart and then hand drew the circles!

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i know it looks like a lot of chores, but let me explain it to you a bit.  where ever theres an X, they don’t do that chore on that day.  take emptying the dishwasher, for example.  each child doesn’t empty the dishwasher every day, but every 3 days.  also, there are a lot of chores to do on saturday.  basically i’m using that as a catch up day – if it needs to be done, i’ll choose one of them to do it.  if it doesn’t need to be done, then they can skip it.  also, since there is only 1 circle for brushing teeth and it needs to be done twice a day, they just mark off half of it each time they brush.

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the chore charts are on a cork board covered in fabric, that was then attached with some small nails to the cabinetry on the side of our fridge.  the charts are in clear plastic page protectors and the kids write on them with dry erase markers.  the chalkboard underneath the cork board is also magnetic.  i found this gold pen holder in the locker decor section at target – it doesn’t hold up really well, so i may end up permanently attaching it to the wall.

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here’s a break down of the chores my kids do:

laundry (start to finish), empty dishwasher, make bed, open windows (window coverings), clean room, brush teeth (2x), clean playroom, vacuum carpets, vacuum wood floors (swiffer), dust, empty trash cans, clean backyard (basically pick up toys, bikes, etc.), water (house) plants, clean bathroom sinks, clean potty.

we try to get most of our chores done in the morning before school, but its not always possible.  and some days we skip chores altogether if we need to.  i try to keep this as a regular daily thing, but i also do my best to show grace when the kids need it.  its definitely not  perfect method, but its working for my family.  and if my kids had to go to college today, they could all do their own laundry!

what i wore

welcome to “what i wore” at the pleated poppy!  share with me your fashion posts and we can inspire each other!  i started this originally as motivation to get out of my daily uniform of jammies or sweats, but now i am encouraged and held accountable to put a few extra minutes aside for myself and try new things.  i’d love for you to join me!

this week i got my new golden tote in the mail, so the outfits below each feature a golden tote item.   here’s some info on golden tote:  it is an online boutique that sends you a tote of styles, you pick 1 to 2 items, they surprise you with others! i think this new kind of shopping is great for those of us who hate shopping, or for people more like me who enjoy shopping but have a hard time stepping out of their fashion comfort zone.  when you sign up they send you a personalized tote based on your style. you can choose to receive 2-3 items a tote for $49 (a $200 value) or 5-7 items for $149 (up to $600 value).

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i have been eying this dress by merrick’s art for awhile!  i love the simplicity of a swing dress, but even more how forgiving it is!  the best part of this dress for me is the length – i find it so hard to find a dress that hits my knees!

dress – golden tote \\  converse – off broadway shoes \\  hat – local surf shop

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this sweatshirt is a great mix of casual and stylish.  you can’t tell well from the pictures, but the fabric is a lovely oatmeal color and the sleeves & sides have a hint of golden glimmer!

sweatshirt – golden tote \\  jeans – stitch fix \\  tennies – forever 21

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can you see the pale gold?

earrings – nickel & suede \\  necklace – gwen delicious

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i’ve said before that maxi skirts are like dressy yoga pants, and this skirt is like the dressy version of sweats!  so stinkin’ cozy!  i kept it casual with a t-shirt and flip flops.

skirt – golden tote \\  shirt – target \\  flip flops – rainbow sandals

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yay for another long top!

top – golden tote \\  knit ponte pants – stitch fix \\  boots – piperlime

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this plaid shirt is perfect for fall – lightweight cotton and perfect for layering.  the best part:  it fully covers my bum.

shirt – golden tote \\  jeans – target \\  boots – steve madden \\  cowl – always very \\  earrings – lisa leonard designs

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same top, but styled a little differently.

top – golden tote \\ sweater – forever 21 \\  ponte pants – stitch fix \\  boots – piperlime

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this top is a perfect example of why i love golden tote.  it fits great and is super comfy, but it pushes me just enough out of my comfort zone with colors i wouldn’t normally try, like the neon yellow.

top – golden tote \\  shorts – target \\  sandals – old navy

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and it works perfectly with my 31 bits bracelet!

bracelet – 31 bits \\  earrings – lisa leonard designs

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