yearly kids chores by age


Which annual chores can kids help out with, given his or her age? Your family's annual household chores list is sure to be very different from my family's list. 

Your list will differ depending on so many factors, such as how many kids you have and how old they are, the layout of your home, whether or not you have pets, where you live, and how much (or how little) your family is home. 

But to give you a guide to create your own chore list, I'd like to offer you mine.

Below I've listed yearly kids chores for each age group. (Remember, the age recommendations are just that, recommendations. Your tidy 11-year-old who has been cleaning his room since age 2 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 some of the simpler chores recommended for younger children.)

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.

Yearly Kids Chores for Ages 3 to 5:

  • Wash or spot-clean baseboards
  • Air-tumble throw pillows in the dryer 

Chores for Kids Ages 6 to 9:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Clean all doormats
  • Wash inside and outside of cabinets

Chores for Kids Ages 10 to 13:

Previous chores, plus:

Chores for Kids Ages 14 to 17:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Deep-clean carpet and upholstery (teens can make the call to the carpet cleaner for you)
  • Change furnace filters
  • Dust and vacuum corners and crevices from high point to low
  • Vacuum floors and carpets and move furniture to clean underneath

  • Remove dust ruffles from beds to wash or dry clean.










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