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Kids Choice Chore System

This Kids Choice Chore System works by allowing kids to pick the chores they want to complete. You can use this system for daily chores as well as extra chores that are above and beyond.

My house is a lot of work. You all know what that’s like I’m sure. Between the kids, the cat, and the dog my house rapidly turns into a mess. I clean something, and 5 minutes later it’s a mess again. I go from room to room to room to room and back to the first room to discover it’s in disarray. Again. It’s hard to keep up. And I’m always the only one who seems to see the mess. Yet it’s always there, and very rarely is it my mess. It’s time for a change.

My older 2 kids are old enough to contribute the the running of our household! And certainly more than capable. I believe in age-appropriate chores. And I’m not just talking about things like clean your room and brush your teeth. Because they are now almost 10 and 8, I’m a believer that tasks like those are must-do’s and not ones that need rewarding. In real life, there are chores that just have to get done. Brush your teeth. Wash your hands. Clean your room. Feed the cat. All required tasks. But there are so many other tasks that need done around the house, and it’s time the kids pitch in.

DIY Kids Choice Chore System

A system that’s easy to keep and maintain.

I scoured for different system ideas that the kids and the hubby and I could maintain. I’ve tried the old chart and sticker system, but it always fell to the wayside. This time I was determined to find something that would work for us. So I put together a kids choice financial reward system.

The intent for this system, is for the kids to be able to earn some money, by choosing how they do it. We don’t buy a lot of extra toys and stuff for the kids outside of holidays and birthdays, but they are always wanting lego, and pet shops and barbies etc. Now with this chore chart system the kids have the opportunity to make and save their own money.

DIY Kids Choice Chore System

How to create a chore chart system (costs less than $10):

  • 2 packages of large metal rim tags found in the office supplies section.
  • a magnet roll with a sticker backing, so that I could just attach the size of magnet that I wanted to the back of the tag.
  • I wrote each chore on a tag, and assigned a dollar amount.

How this chore system works:

  • You give them chore options. They pick the chores they want to complete. You could use this system for the EXTRA chores, not the day to day stuff they should do anyway.
  • Make the system visible and accessible! Ours is on the front of the fridge at their eye level.
  • The kids can pick and choose the chores they want to do. (And they can’t each do the same chore, so they have to negotiate with each other if there is conflict. Or it’s first come, first serve.)
  • Once they have completed their chore (after approval from Mom or Dad), they hang their completed chore tag on their assigned hook.
  • Friday is payday.  On this day we add up what they have accomplished during the past week, and give them their money!

Chore Chart Tips!

  • There are some chores that don’t need done everyday or even weekly, so I just put those tags off to the side, and put them back on the fridge when I need them done.
  • I just put all the tags onto a pretty piece of scrapbook paper on the fridge. The paper keeps all the tags contained. And it’s looks nice too!

DIY Kids Choice Chore System

Chore Ideas for Kids:

  • Brush the cat.
  • Clean baseboards on the main floor.
  • Vacuum the basement.
  • Sweep after dinner.
  • Change your bed sheets.
  • Dust stair railings.
  • Vacuum the stairs.
  • Clean your bathroom tap, sink and mirror.
  • Empty dishwasher.
  • Parent’s choice, for those other tasks that come up from time to time.
  • The possibilities are endless!!
DIY Kids Choice Chore System

Honestly, the kids are so excited about this system! I can’t even tell you how much!  My hubby & I exchanged several surprised looks over the weekend. We couldn’t believe how much was getting done around here. Our house feels and looks cleaner. And the best part….my daughter said “Mom, look how much I got done! I feel so good about myself!” AWESOME!

So I’m happy. The kids are happy and feel good. The house is clean. Win-win-win!

Have an inspired day!

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  1. I like this…though I’ve found another currency to use if you’re broke or don’t want to use money. Computer time (or TV time). 🙂

  2. I have a similar system but without the strings. Once the chore is done, it’s hung on a magnetic cup-hook with the little hole. I also taped over them first so I can use a china marker and erase then re-write new chores. Using different colors for different kids helps keep the harder chores from being attempted by younger kids. It’s a great system!

  3. This is great! Let’s face it, kids want money. The will think they are racking up the dollars doing these chores and collecting thier tokens for payment. This can also be a lesson is counting money as well. I am going to give this a try and perhaps I will see my floor again! I must say I love the “Parent’s Choice” tag. Rather than trying to come up with that one thing you know you will forget about, it’s an easy out!

  4. I’ve been doing a similar system with my kids for a long time, and they LOVE IT! I really like your method though, and i think i’m going to change it up when we move to this tags/hooks system so they don’t have to write down the chores, they can just hang up each tag they do. Heres a few things we do that you might like as well! We don’t just pay out for the chores they do, they have “bills” to pay. they have to do at least $5 worth of chores in a week to pay the rent, light bill, internet, and heat. (balances out to about 1 chore a day) and anything they make after that, is all theirs to do whatever they want with!

    In my house we also have a system of credit! Once they save up to a goal of their choice (a video game, special toy, has to be at least $20) they can have a $5 credit that has a 10% weekly interest rate until it’s paid back (yes, a 12 and 9 year old are totally capable of understanding this!). They can also open a savings account, but they have to save at least $10 before it can be opened, and it can’t dip below $10 or they will have to pay a penalty.

    We also have penalties for late payments, leaving lights or computers on, doors open, and bad grades. And they are required to keep track of how much they make and turn it in on Fridays!

    This is a ton of work to keep up with, but it’s so worth it… kids are graduating hs and going on to college not understanding that credit has penalties, that you have to pay your bills before you have money to play with, and that you have to have money before you can open savings accounts… This is fun for them, and they LOVE IT. they have no idea they are learning so much 🙂

  5. I just found your site, and was wondering how your system is going. Is it still going strong? If not, how long did it last? Any other tips or advice you learned from this? Thanks!

    1. Hi Jen! I do still use my system occasionally. I find now cleaning & chores have become more of a routine with my kids, so the more they were used to doing their chores, the less I had to use it! I still love the system though, and will use it in full force once my youngest is old enough to pitch in too! 🙂