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Delegating Tasks to the Kids

Kids home for the summer? Does this mean that you are overwhelmed with keeping them busy?

Consider giving them some more responsibility this summer. Have them pitch-in around the house and/or take more responsibility for themselves. Identify 3 to-do’s that you can delegate to each child. Take some time teaching them what and how to do each task. Make it fun. The biggest job for you is to get them on board and make sure they follow-through all summer.

Here are some ideas:

  • Feed the pets.
  • Make the family grocery list.
  • Vacuum the main rooms of the house.
  • Pack their own suitcase for vacation.
  • Read to their younger siblings.
  • Water plants.
  • Do their own laundry.
  • Empty the dishwasher.
  • Set the table for dinner.

As you can see, some of these are one-time tasks and some will have to be done with some regularity. I think it’s a good idea to mix and match. Pick age-appropriate tasks, so they don’t get overwhelmed as well. You will not only lighten your load this summer, but you will also teach your children responsibility.


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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

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