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kids chores seasonally by age

These kids chores seasonally are organized by age group. Keep in mind, however, that these age groupings are recommendations.

Getting kids to help with 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 kids chores seasonally by age. 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. What's second nature to us is a new experience for them. 

how to make kids chores seasonally work for your family.

But to give you a guide to create your own list of chores for kids, I'd like to offer you mine. Here I've organized the chores by season. Within each category, I've listed age appropriate chores. (Remember, the age recommendations are just that, recommendations.)

Your tidy 11-year-old who has been cleaning his room since age 2 can probably tackle some of the chores listed for teenagers if safety isn't an issue.

Conversely, if you've been the maid for your 13-year-old since she was born, you might have to start her off with some of the simpler chores recommended for younger children.

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

kids chores seasonally for ages 2 and under:

  • Pick up outside toys.
  • Collect snails in a pail.

ages 3 to 5:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Put away outside toys and games (and all their pieces) in the proper boxes or bins.
  • Water outside plants.
  • Sponge-clean the outdoor play table.

ages 6 to 9:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Take indoor plants outside for a gentle washing.
  • Rake leaves.
  • Sweep the patio and porches.
  • Do easy yard work such as weeding.
  • Help clean the pool strainer baskets.

ages 10 to 13:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Plant vegetables, annual and bulbs.
  • Harvest vegetables.
  • Take compostable material to the compost pile.
  • Polish silver. 
  • Shovel snow.

ages 14 to 17:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Mow the lawn.
  • Turn mattresses.

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

Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for all the seasonal cleaning products and tools you'll need to get the dirty jobs done.



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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.