Let’s start with the obvious question of, what in the world is a Chore Chart in Pixels? And, why do you need one?
How it all began…
I will be the first to admit that it took a little adjustment period for me going from a full time working mom to a stay at home mom to two under two. Especially because becoming a stay at home mom wasn’t planned and to top it off, our lives were in the middle of some pretty large transitions. Long story short, the child development center that I ran decided to shut its doors permanently, our daughter was about a year and half old and I was eight months pregnant. Talk about a time of chaos!
After my husband and I decided this was the perfect opportunity for me to stay at home and raise our kiddos, I realized I had no idea how to be a stay at home wife and mother. I can just hear the gasps from all the Martha Stewarts and June Cleavers out there (my mother included). However, neither housekeeping nor cooking have ever been something I wanted to do, something I was good at, or something I strived to do. On top of that, having two young kiddos to care for was quite overwhelming.
The Chore Chart in Pixels is born…
I have always had a love affair with planners, pretty paper, pens, markers, and stickers! So, after many failed attempts of becoming a consistent Martha Stewart – June Clever hybrid (hahaha… just kidding), I finally found a system that worked and allowed me to be successful. Basically, I made a reasonable list of everything I wanted to accomplish each day and then I put it into a grid chart. Each day I picked a pen color and as I completed a task, I colored in the box. It allowed me to know what I needed to accomplish, plus it gave me an overview of each month. I could see where I was struggling to complete certain tasks, which allowed me to adjust and make another plan of action to allow me to be successful.
A Chore Chart in Pixels has worked so well for me, that I have started using it in other ways as well. I have one for cleaning the house, one for keeping the kiddos on schedule, and a personal one that I use to track bill paying, date nights, exercise, and personal growth. What I love about this concept is that it is so easy to adjust to what you need to track. I have also included a few pictures below so you can see how I utilize this nifty tool. I used a black sharpie to fill in the boxes for tasks I didn’t complete, making it easy to see areas I need to work on.
Below is a free Chore Chart in Pixels, so you can simply print it and start tracking today. I hope you find this as fun and useful as I have! Feel free to let me know how it is working for you by commenting below or if you have any questions, feel free to email.
Cheers to becoming a Martha Stewart – June Cleaver Hybrid,