Looming in front of me was one of my new lofty goals for 2010, incorporate a successful plan for keeping the house neat and picked up where the kids are helping regularly. Yesterday when I was reading The Happy Housewife, I saw what I think is my answer.
The Motivated Moms Planner.
There are several options, including a page per day, page per week, and others. I chose the Full-sized Page Per Day Planner. But it doesn't matter which one you choose. Each one is only $8, and you can download it immediately and print it out right away. I just love immediate gratification. You can also view a sample of the options.
What I love about it is that it gives you a list of daily chores to check off, plus a list of extra chores. By doing these things I don't expect to have to spend a day cleaning before having guests over, like for small group tonight. For example, today's extra chores were:
Clean bathroom mirrors
Clean light fixture — bathrooms
Clean out purse/wallet
Clean toaster (wipe out crumb tray)
I can assign many of these extra chores to the kids, leaving the pay/file bills and clean out purse for me. I chose the page per day because I want each child to sign or initial on the daily chores when they make their bed, etc. Then I'm going to highlight in their color what I expect them to do for the day, both from the daily chores area and the extra chores.
The Happy Housewife shared a coupon code that Motivated Moms gave her to save $1 on your order through January 14, 2010. I don't know if it's proper etiquette for me to give it out here, so if you plan to order and want to save $1, go here to get your code.