Have you started getting ready for the school year yet? We are pretty lax with our schedule during the summer. Bedtimes are pushed back. The days are less structured. It is a fun and relaxing time of year. It is because of this that it is important to plan ahead for the school year. We need to get back into the structured rhythm that comes along with it. Part of that is getting an updated list of daily tasks that need to be completed each day. Another part of getting ready is creating organization systems that keep us on track and make life easier. That is exactly what this DIY family chores wall system does.
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- Sheet Pans (One for each family member)
- Acrylic Paint (Multiple Colors)
- Washi Tape
- Clear Engine Enamel Paint
- Post-It Notes
- Command Picture Hanging Strips
- Command Hooks
- Magnetic Pins
- Small Plastic Buckets
Remove any packaging that is on your pan.
- If your pan’s label is attached with glue, you will want to clean any excess sticky off of it before continuing.
Cover the top of the pan with one color of acrylic paint.
- I only did one coat of paint because I like the look of the metal showing through. If you want a solidly colored chart, add a second coat of paint after the first coat dries.
- Use a different color of paint on each pan to make it easier to recognize whose pan each is.
Let the paint dry completely before moving on.
Carefully put a washi tape grid on your pan as pictured above.
- You need to be careful and precise during this step because your pan has not been sealed yet. The paint will chip if you try to reposition the washi tape or scratch it with jewelry.
Next, paint “Tasks”, “Ø”, and “√” in the respective areas using white acrylic paint.
After your white paint has dried, seal your pan with engine enamel paint.
While you wait on the enamel to dry, pull out your Post-It notes.
Next, cut the sticky part off of the Post-It notes.
Cut the sticky strip in half.
Then write the tasks that need to be completed each day on the papers and stick one in each grid on the left.
Next, add a hook to the right handle of your pan.
Repeat steps 1 through 11 for each family member.
Hang your family chores wall system using Command picture strips.
Add bucket to the hooks for storage.
- We didn’t add hooks or buckets to the youngest kids’ pans because they don’t really need the storage yet. I don’t want to risk them losing the buckets so I have them and the hooks put up for now.
Lastly, add magnetic pins to track the completion of tasks.
With this DIY family chores wall system you can easily keep track of daily tasks. In addition, you can have homework supplies at children’s fingertips in the buckets. You can also use the buckets to hold your Daily Workout Sticks like I do. The extra space on the right side lets you keep track of notes, appointments, and permission slips. We also chose to add photo magnets from Shutterfly to label each chart. This makes it easy for little ones to know which charts belong to them and provides an extra magnet to hold notes. This is definitely an all-encompassing system that will have your family ready for back to school. If you want more tips for changing your summer schedule back to the school schedule, check out Get Your Family Back to School Ready!
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