During the school year, life gets extra busy. And when life gets extra busy, the house gets extra messy! I’ve found the best way to minimize this mess is by having a simple task list for the kids throughout the day. These are in addition to their daily chores (dishes, laundry, sweeping, ect.) The goal behind these tasks is to keep their areas tidy, and their self-made messes in check. I like to break it down into three: Morning, Afternoon, and Evening.
- Make beds
- Pick up any clothes or towels laying around
- Pj’s put away (or in the hamper if dirty)
- Brush Teeth and Wash Face
- Comb hair
- Get Dressed
- Check the floor of your room and bathroom – is it picked up?
These are super simple tasks to tackle and they instantly clean up personal spaces, and help jump start the day with a clear and clutter free environment.
Afternoon Tasks (we do this around 4 or 5pm):
- Did you leave any of your dishes around the house? – All dishes in the sink.
- Pick up any toys, or activities you have left lying around.
By 1 or 2pm, our family is usually done with school work, and the kids are ready to unwind and play with their toys or do something creative with their arts and crafts. When 4/5pm comes around, there is usually plenty of toys and activities to pick up.
Evening Tasks (this is right before bed):
- Pick up dinner dishes
- Dirty clothes in hamper
- Towel hung on up or in hamper if dirty
- Check the bathroom floor – is it picked up?
- Tidy up your room
As you can see, none of the tasks lists really take long to go through – maybe 15-20 each. But daily consistency with these tasks will help tame the mess in their areas, and other areas of the home.
Ideally, you’ll want to tailor this to the needs of your family. Maybe your kids go to public school or private school – in this case I would include in the Evening Tasks something like placing their book bag by the door and taking out their clothes for tomorrow.
I’ve created a blank printable for you! Feel free to take some ideas from our task lists! I would print these out on cardstock, write out the tasks, and laminate for durability. Click HERE or on the image below to download your free printable!
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