Chore Chart: Lanyard Style

Have you accepted our Challenge: Shed 300 in 30 days? Wednesday is day 30, the last day of our challenge. Whether you have been following our challenge or have been doing your own spring cleaning now is a great time to start a chore chart. This is a way to keep my kids and myself on track each day.

Chore Chart Lanyard from

We moved almost two years ago. I quickly realized we needed a chore chart to keep things semi clean. Why semi clean? When young kids are helping clean they are trying their best (most of the time) which means their standard is not my standard. They may think the table is wiped off well but in reality there are crumbs or smear marks still left on the table. I have learned to tell them they did a good job for trying. As they have more practice and gain confidence from their praise they have improved in their abilities. But, I have also learned as they have more experience it is ok to ask them to go back and check their work and then give them a refresher course if it still isn’t done well.

This is what our job chart looked like. It was very simple. Each person had 3 jobs per day as well as their own room and helping in the playroom.

Job Chart from

The biggest lesson I have learned is do NOT re-clean what you have assigned the kids to do while they are around. Many times I do re-clean the table after my kids are asleep. If they see me redo their work they do not do it as well the next time because they know I will fix their mistakes. This is not the lesson I want to teach them. Sometimes the next morning at breakfast I say oh wow this table is a little sticky I wonder why. Someone will say it was from last night. Then we will talk about trying to clean it a little better next time.

I have also learned that reminders are constant. Reminders that they do have jobs. Reminders what their jobs are; ours change daily. Reminders how to do their jobs. Reminders is why I have come up with our new chore chart lanyards. On each lanyard is one job with the steps it takes to complete that job. Obviously this requires knowing how to read. I believe my older children who read are able to complete these tasks once they are shown. They have been doing almost all the steps for the past two years. Adding in a couple more details will be minor adjustments to them.

As I was doing each job I wrote down the steps. I typed them up, then printed them and slipped them into some lanyards. We have 10 jobs therefore we have 10 lanyards. I have created some free printable chore charts for you to download, cut and slip in the holder.

Kids Chore Chart Lanyard Style from

We have hooks by our back door where we keep the lanyards. Each day when it is job time they put the lanyards on. They wear them backwards so they do not get lost, but so they are not in the way except for the current job they are doing.  When their job is done they put it on the hook next to their own so it is ready for the next person tomorrow.

Kids Chore Chart Lanyard from

Now they can’t tell me they don’t know how to do their jobs. All they need to do is read what is on their lanyard. It is a great reminder of what their jobs are for the day and how to complete their jobs. I am finding they are completing their jobs to a higher standard.

If this idea doesn’t work for you try this Cleaning House chore chart. It is a great one, just a little different.


I am a mom to Five Little Chefs who love to cook and create anything with their hands. Watching over 10 additional hands keeps me busy but is so much fun! We laugh and cry everyday, but then want to do it again the next day. That is how we know we are enjoying life!

10 Replies to "Chore Chart: Lanyard Style"

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    Shanice April 7, 2014 (3:39 pm)

    Such a great idea! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

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    Michelle April 11, 2014 (7:59 pm)

    I can’t tell you how much I love this! I have chore cards, but am never sure what to have the kids do with them – and they regularly get lost! This is the perfect solution, thank you!

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      Kimberly FiveLittleChefs April 12, 2014 (9:02 pm)

      I’m glad you love this. It is working out so well with my kids. I hope you have the same success!

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    ishouldbemoppingthefloor April 14, 2014 (10:31 am)

    These are just the smartest things ever!! My kids would love them!! Thanks so much for linking up with us. Have a fabulous week!

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    Kelly Burtelson April 14, 2014 (9:30 pm)

    Awesome idea!! I really need to do this! I love that it leaves NO EXCUSES!! 🙂 ~Kelly @ Eyes On The Source

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    Merlinda (@pixiedusk) April 16, 2014 (11:11 am)

    Genius! I am forgetful so this will work well for me! Ill remember everything I need to do =) #CreativeMondays

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    Robyn March 7, 2015 (12:13 am)

    Where can I download the lanyard print outs? Step by step instructions

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      Kimberly March 8, 2015 (1:18 pm)

      I haven’t done a printable yet, but I will put up the one we have been using this week. I hope it will help you. I have absolutely loved this system.

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    Kristi B. March 9, 2015 (9:35 am)

    I like this idea, and maybe if my kids have a lanyard around their next it will be a reminder that they should be doing their jobs instead of going out to play. 🙂 Where did you buy the lanyards and the plastic sleeves?

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