Train your Family to Share Responsibility for Household Tasks

A group of people living together should share the responsibilities of the household.  Your job is to design a system and make sure it works.

  • Write down an organization system.
  • Assign specific tasks to each family member.
  • Train your family.
  • Make sure everyone does their job.

Write a clear plan that lists everything that needs to be done to run an efficient, organized home.  This list would include things such as;  make the bed, wash the dishes, take out the trash, and feed the pets.  Everyone would be expected to do certain jobs; like making the bed, hanging up coats, putting away personal clothing.  On the other hand, taking out the trash or unloading the dishwasher would be assigned to a specific person.

As the leader you will need to divide jobs and assign tasks.  Make sure you assign tasks that each individual is capable of doing.  For example, you would not ask a two year old to wash the dishes but he could help put his toys in the toy box.  Give each person his own list making sure you have written his name on the top.  Keep a master list for your own records.

If you want to reach your goal of an organized home you will need to train your family.  Meet individually with each person and discuss his jobs.  They need to understand what you expect of them and you need to make sure you are in agreement.  If you have unrealistic expectations you can count on being disappointed.

Make sure everyone is doing his job but be a good example!  If you are a clutter bug you cannot expect your family to keep things neat and tidy.  After you have made a plan, assigned jobs, explain what you expect, and make sure the jobs are completed.  Be prepared with consequences for incompleted tasks.  A more positive approach would be to offer rewards as jobs are completed.  An allowance is a good tool for a reward system.

Be flexible, because every system will need adjustments as circumstances change.



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