Our house is quite large which is good since there are still 6 kids at home. BUT keeping it clean has been a chore (like the pun?) Anyway, the other morning while still in bed I had this awesome idea, “What if we cleaned our house using cleaning check off sheets like the ones hanging on the door in the bathroom at Wal-Mart?” It works for them, most of the time, why not for us?
I planned out what the sheet would look like in my head and then ran the idea by my husband. He thought is was strange but might work. It was strange.
Here is the entire idea.
The sheet includes:
- the rooms that needed to be cleaned down the left column
- the days of the month across the top row
- a separate area of boxes with the children’s names to be checked off
- the current month listed at the top under…
- the title of the chart: Supervisor Checklist
Each day the supervisor would be in charge of making sure each room was clean. Now the part that appeals to my children is that the supervisor can choose to work or just supervise on their day. Each child and myself get to take turns being the supervisor, even 5 year old Princess.
Seeing them walking around with the checklist on a clipboard and marker to check off that each room is clean is hilariously cute. The rooms are listed in the order of how you would walk through them. For example the girls bedroom closet is listed right after their bedroom on the checklist because you would be standing right there in the girls bedroom anyway and could take a look into the closet.
How they are using it… the supervisor for the day walks through the house and puts a circle around the check off box if a room needs something done to it. If the room is all set or finished then the supervisor puts and X in the box to show that it is complete.
Next the supervisor gives out jobs having to do with each room. For example yesterday I swept the dining room, Director neatened the book shelves, Tech washed the table, etc.
Two things that are a little different:
- each child is still in charge of cleaning their own area in their bedrooms
- each child is in charge of cleaning their own school desks downstairs
We have still kept a couple chores from our previous way of doing things. An example would be that the same child still empties the kitchen trash. The reason for this is that the kitchen trash might be full later in the day after we have finished our checklist for the day. Another example is clearing the table and the loading and unloading of the dishwasher since this is done 3 times during the day after each meal. The children who do those jobs do them when they are needed. Hope that makes sense.
We have used this checklist for almost 2 weeks now and it is working wonderfully and thought others might be interested in the idea. Here is a copy of ours with the names changed and below that are blank ones that you can print and use yourself. Enjoy.
Blank Printable PDF just click on the picture below. This one is also downloadable and I believe you can also edit it. I created it in Word so not sure about the editable part 🙂
If that one doesn’t open for you try this one, it is a PDF: Printable Supervisor Checklist Blank
I like the way the second one opens better anyway 🙂
If you have questions, just ask.