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weekly kids chores by age

Below I've listed weekly kids chores and the age at which a child can reasonably be expected to complete them.

The age recommendations, however, are just that - recommendations. Your tidy 11-year-old who has been cleaning his room since age two can probably tackle some of the chores listed for teenagers if safety isn't an issue.

Conversely, if you've been the maid for your 13-year-old since she was born, you might have to start her off with the simpler chores recommended for younger children.

Once a child reaches a particular skill or age level, he can generally do the weekly kids chores for his age group and those for the age groups below.

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

Ages 6 to 9:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Bring groceries in from the car
  • Put away groceries
  • Tidy bedroom
  • Shake area rugs, depending on size (of both the kid and the rug)
  • Empty and wipe wastebaskets clean, using disinfecting wipes
  • Prepare recyclables for pick up
  • Take hampers to laundry room
  • Fold simple laundry items
  • Match socks from dryer
  • Scoop and clean out the litter box
  • Dust furniture and shelves
  • Vacuum out the car, with help, depending on the machine height and weight


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

ages 14 to 17:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Wash the dog and/or cat










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