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bedroom kids chores by age

Getting kids to help with bedroom cleaning isn't easy, especially in the beginning. 

Besides, how much help can you realistically expect from a child? The answer depends on the child's age.

Below I've listed examples of bedroom kids chores that kids can generally do by certain ages.

chores for ages 2 and under:

  • Put toys in bins or drawers.
  • Put dirty clothes in hamper if the top is low enough.

ages 3 to 5:

  • Previous chores, plus:
  • Take clean, folded clothes to his or her room.
  • Pull comforter over bed.
  • Dust low furniture.
  • Wash or spot-clean baseboards.

ages 6 to 9:

  • Previous chores, plus:
  • Make the bed.
  • Shake area rugs, depending on size.
  • Vacuum, with help depending on the machine's height and weight.
  • Empty and wipe wastebaskets clean, using disinfecting wipes.
  • Dust low furniture and shelves.
  • Wipe smudges from walls and doors.

ages 10 to 13:

  • Previous chores, plus:
  • Change linens.
  • Clean closet.
  • Disinfect light switches and doorknobs.

ages 14 to 17:

  • Previous chores, plus:
  • Organize closets.
  • Turn mattresses.
  • Vacuum drapes.
  • Dust and vacuum corners and crevices from high point to low.

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.