living room chores for kids by age


You've probably figured out that your living room is the largest area of your home. There's so much to clean!

The good news is that your kids will be able to help with just about all of it. Your living room and living areas will be spotless in a jiffy once you enlist your kids' help.

Here's a guide to which living room chores kids can do at what ages. Once a child reaches a certain skill or age level, he can generally do the chores for his 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.

Living Room Chores for Kids 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 Kids 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 Kids 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 Kids 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 Kids Ages 14 to 17:

  • Previous chores, plus:
  • Dust the ceiling fan
  • Organize closet
  • 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.
  • Vacuum drapes
  • Clean out the fireplace and tools.










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