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Age Appropriate Chore Chart Fun for Kids

Make Chore Charts Fun for Kids

At All Chores No More, we love working together as a family. If you find your children are getting in the way of getting things done, you can try involving them more in the work. It will keep them busy while allowing your family to enjoy some quality time together. Making a chore chart can make work more fun, especially when your child is rewarded after checking off all of their tasks. You can list out each child's name with their daily tasks and post it on your refrigerator or their bedroom door.

Here are some age-appropriate chores for your kids’ chore chart:

Age 2 to 3

  • pick up toys with your help
  • take dirty laundry to the laundry basket
  • dust with a water spray bottle and rag
  • clean up small spills

Age 4 to 5

  • make up their bed
  • pick up their toys
  • help prepare food and set the table
  • carry in lighter groceries
  • fill up pet's food and water bowl
  • match socks from clean laundry

Age 6 to 7

  • make their bed
  • clean room
  • brush teeth
  • vacuum own bedroom
  • fold and put away their laundry
  • empty indoor trash cans
  • put away clean dishes

Age 8 to 11

  • take care of personal hygiene
  • clean room
  • wash dishes
  • wash the car with supervision
  • clean the bathroom with supervision
  • rake leaves
  • clean and fold their own laundry
  • take trash out to the curb for pickup

Age 12 to 13 *including any of the above plus...

  • mow the lawn with supervision
  • baby-sit younger siblings (age varies by state)
  • prepare occasional family meal
  • maintain personal items - recharging batteries, setting alarm clock, etc.

Age 14 to 18 *including any of the above plus...

  • responsible for all library books and library card
  • yard work as needed
  • wash windows
  • earn all spending money
  • housework and yard work as needed
  • help with deep cleaning of house including cleaning of appliances or organizing shelves and closets

Turn your child's unlimited energy into something productive. Be sure to give praise after their daily accomplishments to keep them motivated. Make it fun younger kids by awarding stickers for each day or a special candy bar at the end of the week. If there are any chores that are too big for you and your children, call us and we will accomplish it for you.

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3 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Spring is a time of renewal, so there’s no better time to do a few maintenance chores to keep your home in tip-top shape!

Here are a few spring home maintenance ideas:

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Importance of Garbage Disposal Preventative Maintenance

Garbage Disposal Maintenance

Garbage disposals are one of those things we don’t really think much about, until it stops working or isn’t working properly and we realize just how useful they are! Preventative maintenance will not only keep a garbage disposal working strong, but prevent things like bad odors and dangers to family members from occurring.

Here are a few quick preventative tips to keep your garbage disposal working properly:

  • Run the disposal every time you put food into it and continue running the water 20 to 30 seconds after turning the disposal off
  • Make vinegar ice cubes to toss in every once in a while for defense against unwanted odor and to aid in cleaning (add some rock salt in with those vinegar ice cubes and you'll get some serious cleaning action going on!)
  • Pour baking soda into the disposal and let it sit for a little while, as this helps to combat any odors as well as cleaning (when you return to rinse the baking soda out, use a bottle brush for scrubbing the walls and don't forget the rubber drain guard)
  • The peelings from an orange or lemon will combat odors as well
  • Use only cold water so any fat or oil present will form a solid and get chopped into smaller pieces

These items should never be put down your garbage disposal:

  • Rice or pasta swells in any liquid making them hard to break down into smaller pieces that will only build up over time in the drain eventually clogging it up
  • Banana peels
  • Coffee grounds in quantity
  • Peach and avocado pits
  • Any fat pieces cut off of meat
  • Hard bones
  • Grease and oil
  • Corn husk or corn cobs
  • Potato peelings
  • Celery
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Onion skins
  • Artichokes
  • Any form of trash like twist ties, bottle caps, gum, cigarette butts, glass, pull tabs or flower/plant clippings should never come near the disposal

With these tips in mind, it’s still possible for appliances to break down and need repairs. Call All Chores No More and we can help with your maintenance needs!

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Why Change My Locks?

Why Change My Locks? Preventative Maintenance Tips

There are many benefits of changing locks, including preventing break-ins, lost keys, and a change of roommates. However, the reasons to change your locks go beyond simple repair and prevention.

  • Wear and tear. A damaged, worn, or rusted lock is a liability, not only due to being a security weakness, but these locks often deny the homeowner or renter access. Standing in the cold for fifteen minutes trying to turn the key isn't worth the small amount of money saved by not replacing the lock. Remember, if it's this difficult now, there will come a day (sooner than you think) when you're locked out.
  • You find yourself frequently losing keys. Isn't this a key, rather than lock, problem? Not necessarily. If this is something that happens often, consider getting a combination door lock such as the SmartCode. Most such locks also have a keyed lock as a backup if the code is lost or if the keypad malfunctions. Combination locks are also useful if service people (housekeepers, repairmen, etc.) need access while you're away. It's easier, and safer, to change a code than give out keys.
  • Change of situation/renter. In this case, it is probably not necessary to replace the entire lock unless it's already in bad shape. Have the lock re-keyed. The pins and springs in the lock cylinder are removed and replaced with new pins and springs which work with a new key. Another benefit of re-keying is that if the lock was originally construction master-keyed, as in many single-builder communities (which sometimes allows access by as many as 16 different keys), re-keying removes this feature.

Proper, functioning locks are an important part of home maintenance and shouldn't be overlooked. If you need to replace, repair, or re-key your door locks, we have a team of skilled labor workers to help you with a quick fix or provide ongoing service. All Chores No More is the "key" to your home maintenance needs!

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Get Help Moving Furniture and Avoid These Common Hazards

Get Professional Help Moving Furniture to Avoid Common Hazards

Moving furniture may seem like a simple DIY task, but depending on the piece, it can be dangerous. Rather than struggling with large sofas and heavy dressers on your own, a professional handyman can help you avoid the dangers of moving furniture while also reducing the amount of time it takes to get your space set up the way you like it. Here are three of the most common injuries caused by moving furniture without an experienced pro.

  • Strained Back – When handling a larger item on your own, it's easy to accidentally strain your back simply by moving your body in a way it's not used to moving. An experienced professional knows how to handle the heavy items without causing a muscle strain. Best of all, teamwork splits the amount of weight each person has to carry, so you'll be supporting half of what you would if you were moving on your own.
  • Crushed Toes – If you're carrying more than you should in a trip, it's easy for a box to fall and land on your foot. Often, this leads to severe bruising or broken bones. A professional will help you carry the load wherever it needs to go. Since there are two of you, you'll get the job done faster and with less fatigue at the end of the day.
  • Ankle and Knee Sprains – Moving large items down a flight of stairs on your own often means you won't be able to keep an eye on where the stairs are in relation to your feet. You may stumble, slip, or otherwise lose your balance, resulting in a sprained knee or ankle. When a professional helps you move, you can focus on where you are in relation to each step rather than struggling to support an over-sized item that restricts your field of view.

Save yourself the trouble of moving heavy items on your own and contact our professionals today. We'll help you move your items safely and quickly.

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