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laundry chores for kids by age




Here are common laundry chores and the ages by which most kids are able to do them.

Once a child reaches an individual 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 less frequently.

Use your best judgment for what gets done when. 

If your child has been doing some of the laundry with you for a few years now, he may be ready for some of the laundry tasks above his age level, if safety isn't an issue.

Here's a guide to laundry chores for kids by age.





Laundry Chores for Kids Ages 2 and Under

  • Put dirty clothes in the hamper if the top is low enough.

Chores for Kids Ages 3 to 5

  • Previous chore, plus:
  • Remove clothes from the dryer.
  • Help fold clothes.
  • Take clean, folded clothes to his or her room.
  • Air-tumble throw pillows in dryer.

Chores for Kids Ages 6 to 9

  • Previous chores, plus:
  • Take hampers to the laundry room on wash day.
  • Fold simple clothes items.
  • Match socks from dryer.

Chores for Kids Ages 10 to 13

  • Previous chores, plus:
  • Sort, wash, and fold clothes.
  • Change bed linens.

Chores for Kids Ages 14 to 17

  • Previous chores, plus:
  • Clean the dryer exhaust vent.
  • Sew on buttons and mend torn clothes. (This could be a heavy-duty chore for extra pay or privileges.)
  • Remove dust ruffle from beds to wash or dry-clean.






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