31 Days of Organizing Homeschool Stuff: Schedule & Chore Board

Organizing Homeschool Stuff

This month I am taking you on a tour of my favorite organizing solutions. They aren’t likely to be hot on Pinterest or featured on a crafty blog, but they make life around here run more smoothly.

Our New & Improved Chore Board (with Cloak of Invisibility)

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I’ve created a few iterations of a chore board over the last year and a half. First it was a poster board frame, and I wrote directly on the hard plastic frame. That worked well, because I could tuck it away quickly and easily when I didn’t want our schedule, consequences, and school assignments on display.

Then, my 3-year-old used it as a slide (which means he was climbing up it). The frame and plastic cracked. I tried to salvage it by simply sticking printed pages on it, but that simply didn’t work as well nor look as good.

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So I explained the situation to my husband, asking for his diy-expertise to solve all my chore-board-issues. He is the brains and brawn behind this perfect solution.

First, he bought a sheet of shower board at Home Depot. Then he figured out what size we had room for on the wall where it would be most convenient to have a whiteboard for schedules, chore charts, consequences, reminders, and all those good things. He cut the sheet to size and screwed it to the wall. Then, I bought fabric I liked. That’s the sum of my contribution to this project. Next, he built a lightweight frame out of scrap lumber that would fit over the board. Then he stretched the fabric over it and stapled it to the back of the frame.


Now I have the convenience of a message board in the most useful part of the house, but with the option of covering it up so I can still pretend to have a home not overrun with homeschooling.


  • Type of container: Whiteboard made out of cheap shower board
  • Organizing materials: Expo fine-point dry erase markers
  • Contents:
    • Schedule/Routine/”Flow Chart” – I wrote the hours in wet-erase marker and then change up the day’s events based on reality
    • Consequences doled out – including income earned from chores
    • Reminders such as “Do not even ask to play with friends or on the computer if your room is not clean.”
    • List of chores
    • Dinner menu

If I were really a Good Mom, I would write love notes and jokes on it, too, I suppose. There have been no love notes or jokes. You may draw your own conclusions.

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I like this set up because

  • With a written chore list and day’s plan, my nagging and harping is drastically reduced
  • With the consequences (like “nap,” “no computer,” etc.) tracked, I don’t have to remember what I said in order to be consistent (consistency was losing before, because memory is always losing).
  • I still have the option of covering it up and pretending we have a normal house. Well, normaler, anyway.
  • With dinner written down, I don’t have to hear the question asked 58 times every day. They still asked even when my consistent reassurance was, “Food.” Now, they no longer ask, because the board gives a better answer.

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Chalkboard might be in, but this cheap, large, rough diy solution fits the bill at our house – without added dust.

Digital Home Organizer and Planner

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31 Days in October

You can find many more 31 Days series at the link-up at The Nester. Here are some I recommend:

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7 Responses

  1. ~Julie

    Very clever! I was trying to figure out what the frame was for and on a different day where the chore list went.

  2. Ginger

    Visiting from the 31 days spree…..I love your board…I am always tucking all my stuff behind bookcases, and then the kids get them out, and they get ripped, and I get ripped and then, well, you know how it goes.

    I have the big house and still the homeschool stuff is all over the place. We seem to gravitate toward the kitchen table, which is exactly where I did my homework as a kid….Apples don’t fall far from the old tree.

    I have chosen four to follow and two are also on your list too.
    I hope you have a blessed day in the Lord.

    • Mystie Winckler

      Welcome, Ginger! There are so many interesting-sounding series to follow, aren’t there? That’s a good idea to make yourself limit the number. :)

      “I get ripped,” that’s funny – yes, I do know how it goes!

  3. AdenaF

    I’m going to pin this and hopefully hubs will help me build one soon. Now, everything is in Evernote but that’s not very helpful for my youngest. I like a visual but not on display for everyone who visits to see. With all of our bookcases my home already looks like a library!! I LOVE that you can flip it around and have something pretty to look at.

  4. Marla

    One thing, whoever decided, “Food,” was not a good enough answer…
    didn’t have to cook…
    3-5 times a day…
    alone in the kitchen…
    for others…
    with no help.

    I mean come on, how often have I ever tried to serve them (my family) ceramic tile, game boards, books, towels, or whatever else they could possibly think of?!?!?!!!!LOL ; >

  5. Meredith_in_Aus

    Love the “cloak of invisibility”