Today I am participating in the Silhouette Challenge Blog hop. The theme this month is organization. At the bottom of my post will be links to everyone else’s awesome organization projects. I’m so excited to be a part of this awesome group and the challenges! I’ve had this project in my head for a little while and had even bought the supplies but I needed the challenge to give me a deadline to do it. Goals and accountability are miracle workers!
My son’s new routine chart
I love how Nony on A Slob Comes Clean is battling her “slobvision” by making some tasks mandatory. She is establishing habits that will keep her house cleaner on a daily basis. I want to teach the same thing to my kids and so I am trying to establish routines with them. For example, whenever they take off their clothes, shoes, backpack, or whatever, those things need to go to their designated spots whether that is a hamper, a drawer, a bin or a closet. If they have the routine of putting things away immediately then we won’t have the clutter and we can have time for the deeper cleaning that needs to be done too. I’ve heard all of my life that the easiest clean up is just to put it away when you are done with it. It’s a lesson I am still trying to learn today. Hopefully my 7, 5, and 3 year old can get it a lot sooner than me. To help them to know what needs to be accomplished each day I am making them routine charts for the morning and afternoon/evening. They are pretty simple at this point but can be expanded easily. And they can be easily adjusted to encourage other habits once these basic habits are created.
clothes in hamper or drawer
dishes in sink
shoes and coat on
shoes, coat, and backpack put away
pick up toys
dinner chore( either empty dishwasher, set table, or clear table)
put dinner dishes in sink
clothes in hamper or drawer
stay in your own bed all night
These are the habits I currently want them to gain so that we can all be a little more sane and happy. A long time ago I saw this on pinterest and thought it would be a great way to make chore charts. I made these and hung them on the wall with the intention of using them each day.
The old version
I liked the idea of it but it didn’t work as well as I had hoped. Pulling each one out of the envelope when they were done doing it just didn’t work very well. They didn’t have the visual reminder of what they were to do until after it was done. So I decided to make a similar chart but with a to do and a done section.
The New Version
I found 2inx24 inch sticks at Lowes to give me the length for the two sections. This time I found clear velcro to secure the job pictures. It was at Michaels by the sewing items that they have there. I also drew my own pictures this time. Then I laminated them and cut them out.
I used my silhouette to cut outdoor vinyl (scotch 3m brand that my friend picked up as a scrap for free at a local sign shop) to make titles for routine charts for my three boys. It was my first time cutting and applying outdoor vinyl and it went smoothly. I used the automatic vinyl settings in my silhouette software and clear contact paper as transfer paper. I put the contact paper on my clothes a few time to make it less sticky. I am very happy with the way it turned out and how easy it was to cut and apply the vinyl. The hardest part was getting it placed straight and even on the chart. 🙂 Hopefully this will help us to organize our lives and create good habits in my boys. I’m sick of telling them to get their shoes and socks out of the kitchen!! There is room for 9 jobs/activities. I will put this next to my metal bin just like the others and they will have different envelopes for different routines throughout the day. This makes it easy to add/change the jobs too. I could make one envelope for Saturday that is just the chores that need to get done that day or one for assigning them toys to clean up in the playroom. I can change the routines as they become habits or as they grow older and have different responsibilities. I love the flexibility of it and hopefully having the visual checklist will help our mornings and evenings go smoother.
You can see the clear velcro in this picture. It’s awesome!
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the rest of the participants in the Silhouette Challenge for more great ideas on organization!