home office cleaning chores
for kids by age


Here's a guide to which cleaning chores kids can do at what ages in the home office.

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.

Of course, some of these 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.

This list of appropriate chores for kids by age can help get you started.

Cleaning Chores for Children Ages 2 and Under:

  • Put toys in bins or drawers
  • Help pick up stray books and magazines

Chores for Kids Ages 3 to 5:

  • Previous chores, plus:

  • Return books to bookshelves 
  • Put toys and games (and all their pieces) in the proper boxes or bins
  • Dust low furniture

  • Help prepare papers for recycling
  • Wash or spot-clean baseboards

Chores for Kids Ages 6 to 9:

  • Previous chores, plus:

  • Take out trash and recycling
  • Vacuum, with help depending on the machine's height and weight

  • Empty and wipe wastebaskets clean, using disinfecting wipes

  • Dust furniture and shelves
  • Wipe smudges from walls and doors

Chores for Kids Ages 10 to 13:

  • Previous chores, plus:

  • Clean telephones, computer and TV screens, video game controllers, and remote controls

  • Disinfect light switches and doorknobs
  • Vacuum furniture

Chores for Kids Ages 14 to 17:

  • Previous chores, plus:
  • Organize closets
  • Dust ceiling fan

  • Vacuum drapes.
  • Dust and vacuum corners and crevices from high point to low
  • Deep-clean carpet and upholstery (Teens can make the call to the carpet cleaner for you.)
  • Vacuum floors and carpet and move furniture to clean underneath
  • Vacuum drapes.







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