I don’t like chores. The prospect of having to do chores put me in a bad mood and as an added bonus, I am seriously allergic to dust (No, really my allergy test said so, I promise! This is totally not an excuse!). But unless you have the money to hire a full time house keeper (and like most young adults, I don’t have the extra money to hire help), doing household chores is a necessary evil.
DOING CHORES IS SUCH A CHORE
By definition, chores are boring¹ and a pain in the butt².
1. a routine task, especially a household one.
2. an unpleasant but necessary task.
SO LET’S MAKE A GAME OUT OF IT
Being ridiculously competitive, I decided to make a game out of daily and weekly household chores. The rules are similar to other family chore charts. The instructions are as follows:
- Download and print this list (or make your own version).
- Laminate the sheet or put inside a plastic sheet protector. This makes it reusable.
- Hang or tape somewhere visible to all household members.
- Assign different colour dry erase markers for each family member (or roommate).
- Cross out tasks as you do them, using your assigned colour.
- Whoever crosses out the most chores win.
- Decide on a prize before the beginning of the week. The prize doesn’t have to be fancy, but it has to be something everyone wants.
- If you live alone, you can still play! Set a goal number of chores you’d want to accomplish every week and reward yourself every week that your successfully reach your goal.
FYI: Under the headlines “Let’s Do This”, “Daily” and “Weekly”, enclosed in parentheses are their Filipino translation.