Chore Buckets 101

Chore Buckets are the simple way to get your children to not only complete their chores, but also to ask for more!

Do you unsuccessfully try to have your children complete their chores?

Do your pleads fall on deaf ears?

Well, listen up, because I’ve got the solution for you!

*trumpets blowing*

Chore Buckets!

Chore Buckets 101, a beautifully crafted idea to get your child excited about their chores, and even do extras!

This isn’t just your average chore list. It’s a glammed-up, super fun way for your kids to actually do work, but not feel like they’re doing it. And what’s more..

They will ask to do more!


Here is a run-down of how I prepared. It will be worth your effort.

Chore Buckets will get your children doing their chores in no-time, and those extra chores even faster!Chore Buckets 101

I made personalized buckets for each of my boys. You can purchase ones similar to mine by simply clicking on this link from amazon, or these colorful ones if you want to add a splash of color on your end.

Make sure each one has your child’s name on it so that he or she feels special. Do this by either writing straight on the bucket, if there is space, as mine had, or simply add a sticker and label. These labels will work and they will make a silver bucket look like mine, as the labels are chalk.

Next, take wooden sticks (you can get some here), or tongue depressors, and say ahhh.. no, wait, I’m not at work.

Label each stick with a specific chore.

I suggest you make a list separately first, then write each chore on a stick. One chore per stick per child.A chore stick example. When my child takes out the garbage, he flips the stick over in the bucket, and the polka-dotted end sticks out, indicating the chore is complete

Also, each child should have their own age-appropriate chores. For example, my 12 year old can do the laundry and the dishes, but my 6-year old may have a harder time with these, but can help with setting the table, or clearing it.

Here is an example of one of these buckets, with the chores my child has to perform for the day. Notice there’s only 5 of them, which is a nice number, because too many can become overwhelming.

One of the kids' chore buckets..

For a quick guide on what an age-appropriate chore is, check out this chart.

Washi tape at the end of the stick makes their chore sticks pleasant to the eye, and makes the chore more fun to complete.Next, each end of the stick should be marked differently. I used washi tape on mine (because how cute is washi tape!). Click here to order your starter-colored washi tape, or for a gorgeous, patterned kind, click here, regardless if you have a boy or a girl. You can alternately simply color the ends in. One end will indicate that the chore needs to be completed, the other that the chore is done. Whichever end sticks up out of the bucket is the one that holds true.

So in the morning, when the kids get up, the sticks are up on the side indicating chores need completion (unless there’s a weekly chore and it’s been done). By the end of the evening, when you do your check-in, all sticks should be up on their completed ends.

Rotating Chores

There are some chores which only one of the children can do in a day. For example, setting the table, or washing the dishes. In the case of these ‘rotating chores’, I make a stick with the chore written out in a different color.

I usually divide these ‘rotating chore’ sticks between the children, and keep them constant for a week. At the week’s end, each stick rotates into a different bucket. Hence the term, ‘rotating chores.’

Chore sticks of my chore buckets 101

Above is a bucket with the regular chores, written in purple, and one rotating chore, in turquoise.

Awards of Task Completion

At the end of each week, the kids get their allowance. You can decide on the amount on your own, based on your child’s age, where you live, and what the child does with that money. The children must complete their chores to get allowance, otherwise there’s no point to doing so. It’s all based on positive reinforcement, a methods of education that works well.

ExtrasThe EXTRAS bucket holds the key to getting your children to do more chores than required! Wow!

Extra chores are ones that your children choose to do. Why would my child do extra work?

Because they get stuff for it, that’s why!

Whereas the regular chores have to be done each week, there is an EXRTAS bucket, which holds additional chore sticks that the kids may choose to complete. They don’t have to. An extra chore, once completed, earns a corresponding chore stick placed in the bucket of the child who completed it (let your child put it in himself- they love this!). This means extra earnings, like in the real world, when we work overtime and make more money.

Here are mine:Chore sticks adorn the silver tin and await completion by the little ones..

You can either choose to give minutes of electronic time- in my own household, these are redeemed on the weekend, or extra allowance money. They each earn different amounts, depending how hard they are.

For example, dusting the bedroom is an extra in our house. So is sweeping the garage and cleaning the car (using buckets and rags- doesn’t have to be spotless, just a rough clean, and this earns more than would dusting the bedroom). The sticks are labeled with both the chore and the award amount. In my own home, I have an older son who prefers money, while the little ones would rather get electronic time, so I write them both on the stick.Your children will be thrilled to see their reward at the end of the week, after having completed their chores.. and any of their extras..

At the end of the week, your kids will be glad they did their chores when they see what peeks out from their buckets.. and even thrilled to have done their extras!

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1 Comment

  1. What a wonderful idea! I was always a big believer in chores and your idea makes it fun, while at the same time teaching responsibility and also contributing to the family home. Great mom!

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