I'm not going to tell you what I think you should do when it comes to family chore assigning. Your family is your family and my family is my family and what works for mine might not work for yours. But maybe it will so I'll share.
Our kids do chores. They don't sing rainbow songs and give us kisses while they're doing them, but they do them with a minimum amount of fuss. And they get paid. And here's why:
Scheduling chores for our kids has taught them responsibility, service to others, and time management skills. It has also taught them that Mom is less of a housework shrew when they are on top of their jobs. Seriously, few things cheese me off more than having one of them sigh because I'm vacuuming around them while they're trying to watch the episode of Spongebob that they've already seen a million gazillion time.s AND they're behind on their chores.
Paying our kids is just a crafty way to teach them money management before they head off to the "real world" and find themselves sucked into a life of debt. It would devastate us to find our adult children losing sleep juggling minimum balances on their 14 credit cards all because we didn't teach them how to budget and live within their means.
Chores change each quarter and are posted inside a black picture frame hung on the wall at our kitchen desk area. This is also where the family calendar is kept and mail is sorted. A dry erase marker is kept on top of the frame for crossing off completed chores. This is then erased at the end of the week. There is a Schedule A and a Schedule B. These schedules get rotated during the quarter whenever one of the kiddos dutifully reminds me that they're tired of being the one who always (insert whine again) gets up early to feed the chickens. Also, we have quite a few garden/flower beds that require some weeding so I've divided the yard into zones and these zone assignments change with the schedule/quarter. Note: It may look like they have to weed everyday, but they don't. They can complete their weeding at anytime during those 6 days. Another Note: While I have/will teach my kids how to do laundry, this is not one of their chores. "Laundry" on the chore chart means they have to bring any dirty laundry down to the laundry room for me. This includes used bath towels, bedding, and all of the socks shoved under the couch. They also have to put away their clean laundry. Yet another note: Re: vacuuming. I'll never forget the amazement of my sweet friend, Liz, when she stopped by my home and "caught" the then-16 year old Chuckles vacuuming the living room. She was surprised to see him vacuuming the baseboards and moving furniture to clean underneath it. One of the benefits of kid chores is that you shouldn't feel the need to go back and redo their work. Teach them how do it "the right way" (when they're old enough/mature enough) and problem solved.
The posted chores are not the only work our kids do around the house. There are unpaid "you're part of this family" things that come up that need to be done. And they do them. They still don't sing rainbow songs, but they don't whine, either.