Cleaning Chores For Kids, By Age

chores by age

Cleaning Chores For Kids, By Age


chores by age

Hello, friends! April is resting a powerful case of tendonitis, so Edna Thompson, of the United Kingdom, is sharing tips with us on age appropriate chores for kids today.

Everybody knows that it is not an easy task to maintain a clean and organized home with kids around. But not necessarily! Try including your kids in the cleaning and organizing process. Let them help you clean the mess they make. Of course, depending on how old your child is, there are different chores they can do. But even the younger ones can be put to work. Give them easy to do tasks turned into a game. This way they will be engaged, and instead of making a mess, they will be fixing it.

Here are some simple tasks, categorised by age groups and rooms that you can give to your children. But keep in mind that; of course, this can be adjusted any way you want because every child matures differently.


And another very important thing to remember is to give them one task to do at a time, especially the younger ones. Give them one chore to do, wait for it to be finished, and then give the next one. The younger the child, the more supervision of course, so never leave them alone and always go and check their work.

But also keep in mind that you should not be fixing their work in front of them.

And the most important thing is to make it like a fun exercise and enjoy the time spend with your child.

list of chores for kids by age

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Here are a few chores you could give them to do by age:


  • Tell them to clean in their room, give them different coloured bins and tell them to sort scattered toys in the bins by colour
  • Put dirty clothes in the laundry hamper
  • Put other things like books, glasses, clothes back in their places


  • Make their bed
  • Water easy to reach house plants (with supervision of course)
  • Feed and give water to pets, if you have any
  • Wipe the table
  • Sort clean silverware
  • Help set the table


  • Dust the furniture
  • Use hand-held vacuum
  • Sweep the floor
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Put away clean dishes
  • Fold their washed clothes


  • Rake leaves
  • Load dishwasher
  • Clean after a meal
  • Vacuum
  • Collect and fold clean laundry
  • Collect and take out trash


  • Mow the lawn
  • Prepare easy snacks
  • Saw
  • Clean counter tops
  • Rearrange pantry

12 and up

  • Wash windows
  • Mop floors
  • Paint walls
  • Shop for groceries with a list
  • Iron clothes
  • Even watch younger kids


Of course you know what your child can and cannot do, so you can adjust this in a way that is better for your child. This is just for orientation, but mama knows best. 

Pick a cleaning song and sing and dance while you clean. Make a competition between your children, like who can organize and clean their room faster.

The goal of having your kids helping you to clean the house is with the idea that they learn how things should be done by helping you at first. When they get older they can do them by themselves. Plus you will be spending some time together and doing something useful while having fun with them.


list of cleaning chores for kids by ageThe article is written by Edna Thomson. She runs a small company called Notting Hill TenancyCleaners


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