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DIY of the Week – Chore Chart

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Kids hate chores. It is a simple fact of the universe (and of childhood). Being tasked with dusting, or taking out the trash, or cooking, or any number of other chores around the house tend to be hated (and avoided) by all children. And contrary to popular childhood beliefs, adults aren’t too wild about it either. And with work, travel, and whatnot occupying their minds, it can get hard to remember to do even the most basic things until you realize that you’ve effectively run out of toothpaste (not based on true events) before you realize you have to go to the store.

We seem to be digressing. So, basically, the point we were trying to make is that chores are a bane, and remembering to do them, even more so. And so, we’re here to save the day with this week’s DIY. A chore chart so easy to make, even kids can make it. (No, seriously, you can literally delegate it out to the kids. Lol.)

 

What you need:

1. Exam board or clip board

2. Wooden clothes’ pins

3. Permanent marker

4.  Black paint

5. White paint

6. Paint brush

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Image source – aileencooks.com

What to do:

Step 1

Make a list of all your daily and weekly chores around the house.

 

Step 2

Take a regular plain exam or clip board and paint it black (or any dark color). Let it dry completely.

Image source - A girl and a glue gun

Image source – A girl and a glue gun

Step 3

Now take the white paint and divide up the board into four sections by making a large cross (one vertical line running across the center of the board, and one horizontal one). On the top half write “Daily” as a heading, and on the bottom half, write “Weekly” as a heading. Both the left hand columns will get the sub-heading “To Do”, and both the right hand columns will get the sub-heading “Done”.

 

Step 4

As you wait for the white paint to dry, take your list of chores and write each one on a wooden clothes’ pin using a permanent marker.

Image source - The Happy Housewife

Image source – The Happy Housewife

 

Step 5

Clip all the daily chore pins on the top of left side of the board, and the weekly ones on the bottom.

 

Step 6

Hang up the board in a place where your family members/roommates will all see it.

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

And there you have it! Now all you have to do is move them to the right side as and when someone does them. That way, you never forget any of your chores!

 

PRO TIP:

You can use different colors of markers¬†for each member of the household (or even make dots of different colors) so that each person’s chores are divided.

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Image source – Value seekers club

 

HAPPY CRAFTING!

5 Easy Steps to a Cleaner Home!

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Ever since childhood, our mother’s voice has been pretty incessant in telling us to clean our room. Now that adulthood is upon us, it seems we have to carry on in regards not only to our bedrooms, but the rest of our home too. Who ever said that adulting was easy?

If cleaning is not your cup of tea, then here’s a great checklist to follow to keep your home looking as clean as possible, without putting in too much of effort (after all, who wants that?)

 

1. Make the bed!

Your mom was right. Though we might hate to admit it, just taking a minute to sort out your bedsheets in the morning instantly makes your bedroom look more organized and put together.

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Image source – Welldoing

 

2. Divide and conquer

Whether you live with family or roommates, the more the people, the more the mess potential. So, do the responsible thing. Divide the chores for around the house among everyone that lives there. Whether you all decide on static chores, where one person is permanently responsible for dishes, while another for brooming and mopping, or decide to create a chore chart where you all rotate duties, find a system that works and work it.

Image source - Verywell mind

Image source – Verywell mind

 

3. Declutter

Pick one day every month for a routine decluttering. Do a quick sweep around every single room in the house, and throw out anything that hasn’t been used in the past three months (except for seasonal things of course. You definitely want to keep that umbrella around.)

Image source - Simple Living Country Gal

Image source – Simple Living Country Gal

 

4. Keep that hall clean!

Unexpected guests are bound to happen, especially if you live in India. So as not be caught off guard and embarrassed, make sure to always keep that hall clean. A quick sweep of the hall before heading out every morning, and as soon as you get home from work every evening is an easy habit to make, and even easier to keep.

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Image source – Viahouse.com

 

5. Get a laundry basket!

It sounds ridiculously simple, but it’s a game changer. Having a dedicated space for every one’s dirty laundry to go as soon as they get home and change can seem like it won’t really matter, but it is a great habit for every person to have, and it also means that dirty, smelly clothes won’t get randomly willy-nilly around various bedroom floors. (A plus point for whoever is tasked with laundry is that they just have to tip the clothes over into the machine on the day, without having to gather the clothes up in their hands. Trust us, they’ll definitely be thanking you for that basket then!)

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Image source – potterybarn.com

 

We’ve given you the steps to follow, but walking the path is all up to you. May you walk strong and steady!