This unique and straightforward chore planning system is for moms who are trying to balance creative endeavors with their desire to have an orderly and organized environment in their homes. Initially offered in traditional ‘book’ format, it is now a printable chore list in e-book format for readers to download and print. The newly redesigned app is now available and included in the membership.
The system is designed to help you complete chores and tasks throughout the year so that you don’t spend your entire day doing housework. To help you organize your priorities, the printable chore lists have the daily necessities listed as chores, and the less frequent duties listed as tasks. If, while pursuing other goals, you miss the tasks scheduled for a particular day, you don’t have to ‘transfer’ those tasks to the next day. Just remain focused on completing daily chores and do the weekly scheduled tasks as they fit into your schedule and family lifestyle. The tasks you miss will come up again on another day.
The app gives you the ability to sort by frequency, person, room, or alphabetical. You can assign tasks to people and give them emojis. The app is included in the membership and all of your household devices can download the app without an extra charge. It’s available on the Apple App Store for iOS and Google Play for Android. You can see more app details in the Quick Start Guide by clicking here.
Above all, the Motivated Moms Chore Planning System is NOT intended as a guilt planner! Motivated Moms is all about reducing stress, not adding to it, and making home management easier.
The printable Motivated Moms Chore Planning System comes in over 16 versions, with full size or half size options, a week per page or page per day, color or black and white, and there are versions that include a daily Bible reading schedule. A newer format is the two page per week layout. The membership also includes the very popular Clean My House Planner which is a stripped down list of just housecleaning related tasks. Please take a look at the sample pages by clicking here.
The backstory, if you are interested!
The system was originally created over 20 years ago by two friends: Deann Polanco and Janet Russell. In 2005, Janet exited the business to pursue other interests. The following year, I (Susan Cramer) met Deann in a personal finance forum online and a friendship grew over the years. My computer geek husband, Norm, started playing with app creation and developed an app for our family to solve a problem we had. I was so proud! Deann asked if Norm might be interested in developing an app for Motivated Moms – she had many requests for it. Norm took on the challenge and the first Motivated Moms app came out in 2010.
In 2011, Deann was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I helped my dear friend keep Motivated Moms running when she was physically struggling. When it became apparent that she would not beat the disease, she offered to sell to me since we were already handling the app. I accepted and am honored to carry on Deann’s legacy.
In early 2017, Norm died from an aggressive cancer. It was very sudden and fast. My world was truly turned upside down and it’s a testament to his programming skills that the app continued to work all of 2017 while I tried to decide what to do. I’m not a programmer so I would have to hire someone. I did decide to try to save the app. My first attempt did not go so well and it was frustrating for app users and myself. It was disappointing but I also learned a lot. I decided to give it one more shot.
I spent a few months talking to several developers – I went very slowly. This time, the cost was exponentially higher so it was an even harder decision. I learned the true value of what my husband did all by himself. Let’s just say he was cheap labor!
After carefully vetting developers, I finally selected the one I wanted to partner with. This time things went much better, I am happy to report! It has been a true labor of love for me.