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kitchen chores for kids

We all want a clean kitchen. And we all want kitchen cleaning to be a family affair.

But at what age can we expect a child to set and clear the kitchen table? Take out the garbage?

This guide to kitchen chores for kids will help you divvy up the house chores fairly and keep expectations reasonable.

Some of these housekeeping chores need to be done each day, others once a week, and still others once a month or even less frequently. Use your best judgment for what gets done when.

kitchen chores for kids ages 2 and under:

  • Close cabinet doors and drawers.
  • Turn on the dishwasher.
  • Help set the table.

ages 3 to 5:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Place dirty dishes on the counter.
  • Sponge down the play table.
  • Help unload the dishwasher.

ages 6 to 9:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Help make breakfast.
  • Do simple cooking tasks such as rinsing vegetables.
  • Set and clear the table.
  • Put dishes into the dishwasher.
  • Wipe up spills.
  • Wipe the table, chairs, high chair, counters, and cooktop or range.
  • Wipe down interior of the microwave.
  • Sweep or vacuum the floor and damp mop any spills.
  • Bring groceries in from the car.
  • Help put away groceries.
  • Empty and wipe wastebaskets clean, using disinfecting wipes.

ages 10 to 13:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Pour beverages for meals.
  • Help hand-wash dishes.
  • Unload the dishwasher.
  • Disinfect countertops.

ages 14 to 17:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Prepare meals.
  • Clean and disinfect the sink.
  • Organize the pantry.
  • Scrub or strip and wax floors.

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

Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the cleaning products and tools you'll need to get the kids started cleaning the kitchen!

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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.