Friday, July 16, 2010

Chore Tracker

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Recently my husband and I really cleaned and organized our home and backyard. This means that we can always enjoy the cleanliness if we invest a little time maintaining it. To help us out, I thought that a chore chart would be the key. I've set this up to be able to print on a notepad (according to vistaprint.com specs) that we can keep on the fridge (they have a magnetic option) to make sure everything is getting done. The problem I find with chore charts that you can purchase (like these ones from Knock Knock, a company whose style I absolutely love) is that chores really are specific to the household (for example, we have no pets, so cleaning up after pets isn't a chore for us). If you design your own chore chart, you can make it fit your home, family, and chore needs perfectly!

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For this recipe you'll need:

a bold condensed font (I used Headline One)
a regular condensed font (I used Arial Narrow)
a fun (gender neutral, if you want the boys in your family to use this) color palette
lines and tab box (a rectangle that is modified)

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In Illustrator, I made a background color (blue) and a white box on top. Then I added "HOUSEHOLD CHORES" as a headline at the top, set in Headline One. To make my tabs, I simply made a rectangle with the rectangle tool and then used the direct selection tool to modify the shape of my rectangle. I made enough tabs for chore days (I take Sundays off) and positioned the tabs (and lines) evenly over my page.

To print this online, I will need to make a PDF of this file and upload it to my online printer!

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And here is the end result! Something that I think will help us stay on track!

6 comments:

  1. what a great idea! Maybe they will even inspire teenagers :-) (I can hope!)

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  2. Wow- so much cooler than having one with extra stuff. This is on my to do list, which is currently a post it note (or 30). Thanks for the idea!

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  3. I love these and love the idea of having them printed as a notepad!

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  4. I just discovered this blog, and it seems lovely!...look forward to visiting often!
    Quick question regarding your recent cleaning and organizing...was there a post on the progress and processes of how you accomplished that?
    We're in desperate need to do the same, and I just can't seem to find a starting point. If you could offer any tips or suggestions {or better yet, a Game Plan} on how to get this going and done, I'd love your help!
    Thanks so much, and I look forward to my chore charts!

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  5. Jamie,

    No post on how to do the cleaning, but I do recommend the book It's All Too Much if you don't know where to start! Between having a new business with my husband and having a new baby, we really let our home get out of control over a couple of years. We ended up tackling it one room at a time over the course of a few months. A lot of it involves getting rid of stuff that you really don't need, and realizing that "more stuff" can actually equal less happiness. I think the book really helps you to step back and figure out what you're unnecessarily keeping. I loved the bathroom section for example---chuck all those free samples you've accumulated over the years but never actually used.

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  6. What a great idea, I think I will have a go at making some lists this weekend :) Thanks!

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