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weekly kids chores by age

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 weekly kids chores that can generally be done by certain ages.

However, you'll want to be there the first time your child tackles a new task, regardless of age. 

Here is the house cleaning schedule I like to get done once each week. (Because these are a bit harder, I've exempted the 2-and-under crowd.)

weekly kids chores for ages 3 to 5:

  • Remove clothes from dryer
  • Take clean, folded clothes to her room
  • Dust low furniture
  • Help fold laundry
  • Help prepare paper for recycling

house chores for ages 6 to 9:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Bring groceries in from the car
  • Put away groceries
  • Tidy bedroom
  • Shake area rugs, depending on size
  • Empty and wipe wastebaskets clean, using disinfecting wipes
  • Prepare recyclables for pick up
Kids ages 6 to 9 can sweep floors.Children age 6 to 9 can sweep floors.
  • Take hampers to laundry room
  • Fold simple laundry items
  • Match socks from dryer
  • Scoop and clean out thelitter box
  • Dust furniture and shelves
  • Vacuum out the car, with help, depending on the machine height and weight

weekly chores for ages 10 to 13:

  • Disinfect kitchen and bathroom counter tops
  • Surface clean the refrigerator
  • Sort, wash and fold laundry
  • Change bed linens
  • Put out fresh towels and soap
  • Clean the shower
  • Wipe chrome fixtures and mirrors clean and polish them
  • Mop floors and dry- or damp-mop wood floors
  • Disinfect light switches and doorknobs
  • Take trash and recycling containers to the curb
  • Clean fish/reptile aquarium
  • Give pets medication

weekly house chores for ages 14 to 17:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Wash the dog and/or cat

Get room-by-room, age appropriate kids chores here.

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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.