Permanent To Do List

Making lists is a great way to help you stay organized. I get easily distracted, so if I have a list to constantly refer to, it helps me stay on task a little bit better. My husband loves making lists. He has lists for everything. Some things need to be added to the to do list all the time. As soon as you get the task done and cross it off, it’s just about time to add to the list again. So my husband came up with the idea of having a permanent to do list, in which tasks could be “turned on or off” so to speak. So he helped me design the list and I made it.

In the picture on the left you can see that it’s very narrow, narrow enough to fit hanging in the archway between our kitchen and dining room. Each of the regular household tasks is described on a card and rests in its own pocket. Then there are tabs that can be lifted and attached to velcrow to expose the card below and indicate that the task needs to be done. The cards also flip around to show a red color, signifying “urgent, this task must be done immediately.”

An example is given in the picture on the right. It means a general-walk-through-and-organize-the-house needs to be done, one or both of the bathrooms need to be cleaned, at least one load of laundry needs to be done, and the dishes need to be washed URGENTLY.

The idea is that one of us will walk by the list and choose one of the tasks to do. This way we don’t have to try to assign which chores need to be done by who. One of us will do them as the need arises. Although we have started to form some habits and kind of gravitate to particular tasks. I usually do the laundry, kitchen and dishes; he usually does the bathrooms, vacuuming and general organizing.

I’ll be perfectly honest, the list doesn’t always work. Sometimes we do forget that it is even there and forget to update it. But it sometimes works, and either way it was fun to make!

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One Response to Permanent To Do List

  1. Jenna says:

    It’s a cute system. =) We also gravitate towards certain tasks–I usually do the house cleaning once a week or so and cook, we do the laundry together, and Adam takes out the trash, cleans out the fridge, does any ‘gross’ tasks I don’t want to touch, and does dishes. It works well for us.

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