A fresh look at doing dishes

We have journeyed through the years in the road of chores, and now that our kids are teens, they are in charge of doing dishes 6 out of the 7 days. This has been a trial and error process and tonight there was a bit of frustration that caused us to take another look at the system. I like the solution we came up with!

Quality control has recently been an issue, so in our family discussion tonight, the kids said that they keep forgetting to look at the list and that it was difficult to follow. They pointed out that the list was way too complicated and intimidating.

This is how it looked like, made by my meticulous and very systematic engineer husband.

They requested that the list be simplified. I volunteered to do so.

After half an hour, this is what I came up with.

Megan took it and said, “Whoa….” She looked at it in silence and then said, “I just want to sit here and stare at this.”

Daniel said, “Wow…”

I guess they didn’t really expect the chores list to look like this. Hopefully it will help streamline the process!

A Yee

Angela Yee is a professional designer (graphic design, stage design, interior design — angelayeedesign.com) and teaches leadership skills at strategysketchnotes.com.

3 comments to “A fresh look at doing dishes”

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  1. Glen Nielsen - March 2, 2011

    Hmmm … your version does not appear to conform to ISO 9001 standards … though I would like to purchase a signed copy & have it framed … what a GREAT piece of art!

  2. Carmen Lin - March 2, 2011

    It seems some great art work come out of stressed necessity.

  3. w miller - March 5, 2011

    What a creative way to “dish out” responsibilities! I love it!

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