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Monday, March 29, 2010

A White Board For Chores


I made a chore chart with "the power of 3" in mind, and loved how it worked!  The one thing I didn't love about it is that it wasted post it notes!  



I'm all about simple and buying as little as possible, so a chore chart that would need a trip to the store every few months did not quite fit.  Enter, the white board!


I've been wanting a white board hung in our home in a prominent place for awhile now. My great friend, Sharon, visited and told me that she has one.  She uses it for chores and said it worked wonderfully, and that is when I knew I needed one, too!

{My oldest checking off her chores, (she was horrified that
I was going to post this pic b/c of her messy ponytail:)
I keep the markers in a bowl on the bookshelf.}  

I am a bit too moody for a super structured, pre-printed chore chart, never knowing until that day what I want the girls to help with.  I love that I can quickly jot down what I would like them to do so when they come home from school, they can glance at the board and know exactly what they have to do before they can play.

{I don't have a Leah, but wanted you to see how cute a name looks 
when these two stickers are combined, and as you know, I like to keep my girls names private}

Because the white board is in my dining room for all to see, it was important to me that it looked nice.  I liked the black frame on this one!  I wanted to do something fun with their names, so I bought these letter stickers at Micheal's.  I wanted to back them with something, and was happy to find these round silver tag stickers in the next aisle, knowing they would work well as a "frame" for the letters. (The  white board is from Micheal's, but I've seen them a bit cheaper at Target.)


The board has room for me to write a note of encouragement or a scripture verse for my girls.  Love that!
It's just all around one of my favorite things!

*stay tuned for a post on "Routine Charts"  I just finished them up today, and combined with our chore board, things are gonna be flowin' and easy goin' around here!


26 comments:

  1. Yes....I love this idea. I have been doing the power of 3 on a white board. So easy!

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  2. This is exactly what I need to make for my family. Thank you so much for the idea.

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  3. ok so "your oldest"...i thought she was you!
    And yes.. I am so copying this chore idea! Love it... Thank you

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  4. This is a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

    BTW, may I ask what is the paint color on your wall? We will hopefully be painting our entire home inside this summer and I am looking for a warm neutral.

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  5. Julie and Marianne-so fun to see your names and faces popping up in my comment sections. Thank you for reading and for your support!

    CARMA! Its you! In my comments! As you would say "Whoo-hoo!" xoxo.

    Aimee-you are welcome! I will dig out my paint color and find it for you tomorrow...its a good one, 4 years and I am still not sick of it! (did not get so lucky with some other rooms of the house, SO ready to repaint my bathroom!)

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  6. Love the idea! It's an answer to my chore chart frustrations. Thanks.

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  7. Nice idea. I like that you can change the chores to fit the day. This is something I might try.

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  8. Love this idea...we're moving next month, so a white board may just be the order of the day when we get to our new destination! I also have three girls and they are a huge help to me! I thank God for being able to raise little women of God...who know how to do laundry! = ) Your home is beautiful by the way!

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  9. Love, love, love it! I have five boys and four of them are old enough for chores! This is amazing!

    Totally going to follow you! Is that your kitchen in your header? Oh my lands!

    I have a giveaway going on at my blog that ends tomorrow at 6:00 pm central time. Check it out!

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  10. I am so so going to use this right now! Thank you!!! :)

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  11. Love this idea! I really need to work the "power of 3" into my "todolist"!

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  12. Very good idea! Your blog is lovely. Is that your kitchen at the top?

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  13. Wow. Thank you so much. I have been struggling to find the right chore chart and this is so simple and easy! Perfect, thanks!

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  14. I like it! I just bought those stickers, too:)

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  15. So glad this idea is appealing to everyone! It really is simple and works for us!
    Not my kitchen, I get asked that alot:) Its pretty, huh? I love that it is modern, but touches of vintage (New Nostalgia-get it?:)

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  16. Amy, I am so happy that you linked to the Boardwalk Bragfest. This is a marvelous project. It get the jobs accomplished and still looks darling in your room. Great!!!

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  17. Great idea. This would be helpful in my home too along with a "things to do" list for me since I never seem to get a project finished these days.
    Thanks for sharing.

    ~Happy WW~

    Kathleen

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  18. Ahh, yes...I remember chore charts...and that is one stylin' one! CUTE! And I love the ponytail...real life in a real home:)
    Happy WW!
    Rene'

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  19. Wonderful. We don't have the need for a chore chart, but I think I might need something like this to keep myself on track.

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  20. I just started using a white board, too, so I'm loving seeing how you made yours so attractive! Thanks for sharing and your girl's pony tail looks adorable! Come see me sometime at sceneofthegrime.blogspot.com

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  21. What a great idea! I need to do a chore chart like this!

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  22. Great idea! I love it! I think I need to wallpaper my house with that verse! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Now that brings back lots of memories! My children are now in thier twenties, but we had a chore board. Love that verse.

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  24. LOVE this! I will be going to buy a whiteboard this week to do this with my 3 girls. Fantastic!

    Cara

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  25. Cute idea. I made one from sample formica tiles and velcro on painted peg board. The tiles can change from person to person each month.

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