Monthly Archives: June 2014

Inexpensive, Easy Chore Chart for Kids

This summer is the first summer I’ll be at home most days with the kids since I started my freelance adventure last fall. My 6 and 4 year old are bright, exuberant kids and I knew I’d have to add structure their days if I wanted any sanity. However, with my freelance work I don’t have the ability to be there every moment to guide their day (and who would want to?). It’s also great for fostering their independence as well.

I went to work trying to find chore charts, but none of them were quite right. My 4 year old can’t read the text chore charts, and many of the picture charts were geared toward very little children, or had unattractive graphics.

After doing some research I landed on four requirements:

  • I wanted a photo chart that my four year old could understand and interact with on her own;
  • I didn’t want to spend much money;
  • I wanted the flexibility to change their days up, but I also didn’t want to have to print a new one each week; and
  • I needed something I could mount to the fridge somehow – I didn’t want a chart that required wall space.

I landed on the concept of a magnetic chart with two categories: “Doing” and “Done.” I saw a few examples that I liked and got to work emulating those based on my needs. However, I needed clip art. It was SO hard to find cute clip art that would work for this! That’s when I stumbled upon Audrey Schilaty‘s blog. She had the exact chart I wanted – for free! Really, it’s the nicest free resource I’ve found. She offers both personal care and chore images, and I used a small combination of both (sad but true: I forget to have my children brush their teeth all to often).

I made it my own with a few modifications:

  • I drafted my own simple “Doing” and “Done” text document and used just the images I needed from her selection, so it would all print on one page, saving me money.
  • I printed it on a glossy sheet of photo paper that I had on hand, and then just placed it on an 8.5×11 sheet of adhesive magnet. You can buy packages of adhesive magnet sheets at office supply stores, but I found the most inexpensive option for heavy sheets are on ebay – I got mine for just $3.59. I cut the small pieces to size, added them to the fridge, and voila – a clean, easy and inexpensive chart.

Magnetic Chore Chart | Five Marigolds

The kids woke up the first day and had moved two magnets over before I had a chance to remind them about it! So far, it’s been a great success.

DIY Magnetic Chore Chart | Five Marigolds

I encourage everyone to check out Audrey’s great blog. And, if you’d like a copy of the 1-page version of the printable I used to create my chart using her images, let me know and I’d be happy to send it to you.

Chore chart printable | Five MarigoldsThere you have it – a chore chart for just $3.59. What are your tips for keeping the kids structured in the summer? Let me know in the comments below.

DIY Budget Garage Transformation

Last weekend I had the DIY bug – I was really in the mood for a project but didn’t want to spend a lot of money. We’re planning to sell our home within the year and don’t want to invest much more into this house.

However, we also have a lack of closet space that we needed to solve for right away. We have just a tiny coat closet and no mudroom. So, we decided to make our garage space a little more functional – and while we were at it, why not make it look pretty, too?

So, in one weekend we completed a small garage makeover for just $120.

We painted the garage door and steps using outdoor Benjaman Moore paint.  I used a small $5 can of Minwax Wood Stain in Jacobean for the top of the stair steps. I used some extra vinyl and made the “welcome” door sign and stair numbers using my Silhouette SD.  We then bought four panels of wainscoting, pre-primed strips of lumber, and used the same white Benjaman Moore paint (just the untinted base white color) to create a nice clean look on the back wall.

I wanted to add hooks but found most larger hooks to be a bit pricey. The best option I found was to buy the Ikea LEKSVIK Rack and just use the hooks from it, netting out to $2 per hook. (I plan to use the wood for another DIY project in the near future.)

We then moved a small Target bookshelf into the garage that we were about to sell in a garage sale anyway, and found that it works pretty great for storing hats, scarves and mittens. I got the bins at HomeGoods  (but I also love these) and added a cute rug.

Not bad for just $120, right? What creative ways have you found to add storage to your home? Let me know in the comments below.

DIY Weekend Garage Transformation | Five Marigolds DIY Weekend Garage Transformation | Five Marigolds

DIY Weekend Garage Transformation | Five Marigolds


DIY Weekend Garage Transformation | Five Marigolds

DIY Weekend Garage Transformation | Five Marigolds