I don’t know how you spent your winter break, but I spent mine knee-deep in cleaning supplies.
Seriously. The boys and I went from one side of our house to the other and cleaned out every. single. room. We started in their bedroom (which once upon a time was our homeschool classroom), beginning with the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and ending with the school supplies that needed to be moved to my office.
We alphabetized our fiction books. We got rid of nonfiction they have outgrown. We sent away supplies that we will never use again. I am not making it up that I ended up with 6 30-gallon garbage bags full of donation material.
From that One Room.
It’s hard for the Lit Mama to let go of books. I’m just sayin’.
And yeah, we did similar deep cleaning in every room of the house. I stocked Goodwill for the year, my friends.
A new chore chart?
Now, after spending my only winter down time cleaning rather than resting or reading (okay, so I did read. Not reading is not a thing here. But I didn’t read as much as I would have liked because I was busy all day), I wanted to make sure the boys helped me keep the house looking the way it did when I got it all done.
In the past, we have had whiteboard chore charts, paper chore charts, etc., that the boys could glance at every day. They would do a chore and mark it done. At the end of the day, I would erase all the marks and they would start over the next day.
But there was no good place to hang the chart. Anywhere I put it in the house took up space and cheapened the decor. I mean, not that I think that decor is more important than building good habits in my boys, but after a while even the most neatly created chart became an eyesore.
So I wasn’t thrilled about hanging another one in my newly renovated kitchen, the living room I’m getting ready to paint, the bedroom I had just deep-cleaned and spruced up, or somewhere out of the way where they might forget to look at it.
Down with chore charts
So I decided I was not hanging a new chore chart in my sweet little house. The boys are 12 and 15 now; they shouldn’t need one, right?
Enter the Homey app.
This app, y’all. It’s kinda a lifesaver.
Not only is there no eyesore in my house, my boys can do a quick check on a phone or tablet and know exactly what they have to do each day. The app separates chores into jobs and responsibilities, which rocks for me because it helps even me keep them straight. Jobs are the chores they do that earn them money, and responsibilities (like making beds, brushing teeth and hair, and feeding our farm animals) are the chores I expect them to do because it’s part of living here.
And the great thing is I got to choose which chores were jobs and which were responsibilities. Homey allows me to set everything up the way I want it.
There are preset chores to pick from, and I can assign them to the boys separately or together. For example, on dish night, they do the dishes together. So on the Homey app, I marked it as a job for both of them. When they’ve finished, they open up the app and mark it done (you can even request photo proof; how cool is that?), and I know they’ve each earned their dollar for the job.
I also set up money jars for them within the app so they can make goals. Middle desperately wants a new laptop, so I set up a money jar for him to save towards one. He gets to decide how much I put in the jar from his weekly allowance for responsibilities and from his individual pay for jobs. I’m excited to see how quickly he saves up the money. I told him if he gets the $200, I’ll match him. I’m cool like that.
And here’s the really cool part. I can connect up to 5 bank accounts with the app, so I can transfer the money from his jar to a savings account Right From The App.
I mean, this saves me so many steps! And my visitors don’t have to stare at a chore chart when they come over! Can you say bliss? Chores have never been this organized in the Brison home.
Win your own subscription!
Homey is spectacularly priced at $4.99 a month (or $49.99 for the year) for all the things, but you can try it out for free before you buy, which rocks. You can find it on Amazon or in the Google Play and Apple Stores.
In the meantime, Homey has agreed to give one of my lucky readers a FREE SUBSCRIPTION! Enter below to win and get ready to be the most organized you’ll ever be when it comes to your kids’ chores and allowance.
Winner will be announced on January 20