Chore Sticks: the Ultimate Chore Chart Alternative!

Chore sticks! Possibly the easiest "chore chart" EVER! (and works SO WELL!) From

If you follow me on Instagram you've probably seen my magical chore sticks. For those who haven't yet, hold on to your seats because your mind is about to be blown! Well, maybe not blown…but I'm about to make your life 100x easier, let's just say that. I've tried every chore chart on the planet. They all work well for a time, then it fizzles out because I either I lose track, get distracted, or it's too complicated and just isn't sustainable long-term. In continuously working to simplify my life I ditched the complicated charts and created a chore stick method that not only works BETTER than the chore charts I've used, but is much easier to manage!

Today's Millennial Moms video is all about how I use these chore sticks to keep up with our insane messes, but most importantly, how to train my kids to work hard and clean! Keep reading because at the end of this post I have lots of additional resources and tips including my list of “chores kids can (and should!) do, by age“.

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Ok, so let's get on with the video!

(Super Simple) Chore Sticks!

Watch the video online or click and watch below:

Well, that's how we do it!

Easy peasy, right? Sometimes it's the simplest concepts that work the best. And again, your house won't be professionally cleaned. They are kids, after all. But the important thing is teaching your kids the value of hard work, pitching in, and cleaning up after themselves (and others.

Here are some additional resources that might help:

What do you think? How does your family manage chores? What chores do your kids do? How old do you think is old enough to help around the house? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

Happy Cleaning!



  1. AvatarSara Warby says

    Haha! I’m going to make these sticks for myself and as my kids get older (19 months and one on the way) phase them into it!

  2. AvatarJessica says

    Great post! I’m curious if you still do this and how you tie it in with allowances. I’d love an update and see what’s worked for you. Thanks!

  3. AvatarCherish says

    My kids are a10,11 and 15 We used to do this chore stick system a little, and then for the past three years I switch to chore areas and the chore area changes every day and every week so that you don’t have the same chore on the same day every week. While that has worked really well it’s just getting old so we are looking for something new. So I am considering going back to the chore sticks. However my problem with that is if they pull out the stick that says mop then I want someone else to have the stick that says sweep. So I guess you have to be careful about chores That rely on each other to be done before one can be started

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Your other chore method is such a good idea, thanks for sharing! I know your chore stick dilemma! What I usually do is if somebody pulls out mop and nobody pulls out sweep, then I’ll sweep real quick before my cute kid mops. Or I’ll give them the option to sweep AND mop for bonus points. Team work makes the dream work, right?!

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