This might seem silly to other "grown-ups," but it's something The Man and I have learned we need. Our adult chore charts aren't about telling each other what to do or proving someone does more or less. They're simply a communication tool so that we both know ahead of time what we have to get done during our day. When I wake up, I can quickly look and see that I need to empty the trash or make dinner that night or clean the shower. I can fit it into my schedule. Also, our chore chart ensures that we're not spending a whole (valuable!) day off doing chores.
We did agree that we needed some sort of incentive to make this work. Positive reinforcement isn't just for children, right? We agreed that, if we successfully completed all of our assigned chores in one week (on the right days), we would get a star to put on our name. Each star at the end of the month equals $5 cash. That cash can be spent on anything a person chooses that is a "fun" item. The money does not come out of any special budget, but it can be added to any budget in order to gain a nicer item. For example, I could use my $20 toward a cookbook, treat us to a movie out, or maybe buy some Legos. He might spend his money on computer peripherals, books, or music. Failure to complete a task on any given day (barring reasonable excuses or being able to move a chore to the next day--like cleaning the shower) results in the loss of that week's star and the potential to earn $5.
A few notes about how I made the chore chart:
I used a 12" x 12" piece of metal flashing (purchased at Creative Crafts in Corvallis--support your local craft store!) behind the scrapbook paper inside the frame. The frame is also a 12" x 12" black wooden frame with glass. I hung the chore chart using Command picture hangers with stabilizing strips.
The blue background paper has no printed text on it. I printed the grid with our (real) names on a sheet of transparency, then cut it close to the outside edge of the grid. I used mono adhesive to stick the transparency to the blue paper. I then cut a 3" strip of the flowery paper for the top. The title is on transparency as well (since I didn't know how or where I'd want it). I printed the days of the week on a strip of paper using my printer. Both the flowery paper and the strip are adhered using the same mono adhesive. I ran yet another color through my printer to get the chores and the stars. Both sides of that sheet were laminated using what is essentially super thick, paper-width packing tape. I used my 3/4" paper punch upside down to center the text and punch it out. I used, yet again, that same adhesive to stick the circles to cheap black ceramic magnets.
A word of caution: my original intent was to use the glass half-marbles (mancala stones, anyone, anyone?) to sort of magnify the text on the circles, but ceramic magnets just wouldn't hold up the marbles. I didn't want to shell out $50 for neodymium magnets, so I just cut out the glass bits and laminated the paper instead.
I suppose I could have skipped the magnet part entirely and just printed the chores on the grid permanently, but I wanted the flexibility to switch up who is doing what and when. Aside from The Man vacuuming and me mopping, we do change things up from time to time.
You might notice that some of the phrases on my circles are odd. "Grocery shopping" wouldn't fit on the little circles, so I had to substitute "get food." "Clean stove" is different than "clean kitchen" since cleaning the kitchen is more of a general all-over wipe-down. Cleaning the stove involves pulling out the elements and scrubbing the pans (not an everyday thing at chez Jaggy). We don't have assignments for the dishwasher, trash, or taking out the recycling yet since those don't always happen on any given day, yet they could happen on any day. Those things get assigned pretty quick when they need to happen.
Are we crazy for using an adult chore chart? Do you have any suggestions? What do you use to keep chores straight in your house?