living room chores for kids by age
Age Appropriate ways kids can help
Clean living areas
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 an age level, he can generally do the living room chores for his age group and those for the age groups below.
Living Room Chores for Kids Age 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.
Ages 3 to 5:
- Put away toys and games and all their pieces in the proper boxes or bins
- Return books to bookshelves
- Sponge down the play table
- Wash or spot-clean baseboards
Ages 6 to 9:
- 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
- Wipe smudges from walls and doors
- Take indoor plants outdoors for a gentle washing.
Ages 10 to 13:
- Clean telephones, computer and TV screens, video-game controllers, and remote controls
- Vacuum floors and carpets
- Disinfect light switches and doorknobs
- Wipe leather furniture clean with a soft cloth
Ages 14 to 17:
- 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
- Deep-clean carpet and upholstery. (Teens can make the call to the carpet cleaner for you.)
- Clean out the fireplace and tools
Living Room Chores for Kids by Age