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living room chores for kids

Your living room will be spotless faster once you enlist the kids help in keeping it clean and organized.

Well, at least a little bit faster than if you did all the household chores yourself.

Here's a guide to age appropriate living room chores for kids. Once a child reaches a certain skill or age level, he can generally do the tasks for his age group and those below.

living room chores for ages 2 and under:

  • Put toys in bins or drawers
  • Help pick up stray books and magazines
  • Turn off the TV if button is within reach.

chores for ages 3 to 5:

  • Previous chores, plus:
  • Put away toys and games and all their pieces in the proper boxes or bins
  • Return books to bookshelves
  • Sponge down the play table
  • Dust low furniture
  • Wash or spot-clean baseboards

chores for ages 6 to 9:

  • Previous chores, plus:
  • Shake area rugs, depending on size
  • Empty and wipe wastebaskets clean, using disinfecting wipes
  • Dust furniture and shelves
  • Vacuum, with help depending on the machine's height and weight
  • Dust lamp shades
  • Wipe smudges from walls and doors
  • Water house plants
  • Take indoor plants outdoors for a gentle washing.

chores for ages 10 to 13:

  • Previous chores, plus:
  • Clean telephones, computer and TV screens, video-game controllers, and remote controls
  • Vacuum floors and carpets
  • Disinfect light switches and doorknobs
  • Vacuum furniture
  • Wipe leather furniture clean with a soft cloth
  • Clean windows

chores for ages 14 to 17:

  • Previous chores, plus:
  • Dust the ceiling fan
  • Clean and polish wood furniture
  • Dust and vacuum corners and crevices from high point to low
  • Vacuum floors and carpets and move furniture to clean underneath

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

Check out the Clean Organized Home Store for the living room cleaning products and tools you'll need to help the kids get the dirty jobs done.



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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.