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Getting kids to help with garage 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 garage kids chores that they can generally do by certain ages.

Your child may be capable of doing a chore sooner or later, depending on her level of concentration, fine-motor skills, or maturity.

Once a child reaches a certain skill or age level, he can generally do the chores for his age group and those for the age groups below.

However, you'll want to be there the first time your child tackles a new task, regardless of age. Beginners need pointers for even the simplest jobs, such as as wiping up upholstery spills.

What's second nature to us is a new experience for them.

For example, you have to explain how get a dried spot safely off the car's upholstery or dashboard and why, and you need to show them how to keep at it with baby wipes or a sponge dipped in hot water and dishwashing liquid (and squeezed to remove most of the moisture). 

Keep in mind that some of these chores need to be done each day, but others need to be done only once a week.

garage kids chores for ages 2 and under:

  • Take the toys he brought into the car out of the car.

kids chores for ages 3 to 5:

  • Previous chore, plus:
  • Take their backpacks from the car into the house.

kids chores for ages 6 to 9:

  • Previous chores, plus:
  • Pick up trash in car and empty the bag.
  • Wipe up spills.
  • Vacuum the car, with help depending on the machine's height and weight.
  • Help wash the car.

kids chores for ages 10 to 13:

  • Previous chores, plus:
  • Wipe clean the car's dashboard and upholstery.
  • Detail/dress the car's tires.

kids chores for ages 14 to 17:

  • Previous chores, plus:
  • Wash the car.
  • Wash the car's undercarriage (each spring).

Get a room-by-room guide to kids chores by age here.

Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the garage cleaning products and tools the kids will need to get the garage shipshape!

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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.