I haven't had a "formal" chore system since my kids were young. I just write a few chores on our chalkboard each day and they each pick one. This system works for us... The problem is there were a lot of deep cleaning chores that just weren't getting done. This past year has been a little insane, plus I babysit my sister's three kids full time and having a baby in the house again takes up a lot of my time! I don't remember my kids being so time consuming as babies, but I'm sure they were. I'm just old and don't remember! I decided in order to keep up on things around the house I needed to have help! I have three teenagers so there is no reason they can't be helping out more than one chore a day. My nephews are 4 and 10 so they can help too.
When Nina gets bored she's been known to whip out 16 chores in a day and earn $20! Because they are dated on the back the kids know when they can do a chore. Each chore only needs to be done weekly and there is a spot for chores that have been finished and signed off. I never have to dish out more than around $25 a week and since the kids use their money for things I'd probably be paying for anyways like popcorn at the movie, makeup or snow cones I haven't even noticed I'm paying for chores. Once a week is pay day and everyone is happy! The kids get money and I get my deep cleaning chores done! Hooray!