Age-Appropriate Chores for Kids with Free Printable

Need help with chores? Wondering which chores your kids might be able to handle, and what to assign at certain ages? Here’s a list of age-appropriate chores for kids.

This list is so helpful for deciding which chores to assign!

After sharing  how we do chores at our house, I’ve received several requests to share some more detailed chore information.

I don’t have all the answers, but I’m happy to share what’s worked for us over the years!

I’ll share some general recommendations, and then I’ll give you a peek into my kids’ chores.

Age-Appropriate Chores

All kids are different, so these are just suggestions. Some children can handle more responsibility at younger ages, and others need a bit longer to mature.

Do what works for your own children, and always keep safety in mind when assigning chores.

It also helps to use non-toxic cleaners (you can even make your own cleaners with basic ingredients).

age-appropriate chores

Ages 2-3

  • pick up toys and put away
  • put dirty clothes in hamper
  • dust
  • fold washcloths
  • empty small trashcans
  • help pick up room
  • spray sink with water and wipe down

Ages 4-5

  • make bed
  • pick up bedroom
  • put away laundry
  • set the table
  • clear the table
  • fold washcloths and hand towels
  • wipe down kitchen table
  • dust (kids love using a feather duster!)
  • empty small trash cans
  • use a small vacuum and child-sized broom
  • wipe down sink
  • change out hand towel

Ages 6-7

  • make bed
  • pick up bedroom
  • set the table
  • clear and wipe the table
  • rinse dishes and help load the dishwasher
  • empty small trash cans
  • fold towels
  • dust
  • wipe down sinks and toilets
  • clean doorknobs
  • sweep with child-sized broom
  • wipe light switches
  • wipe down walls

Ages 8-9

  • make bed
  • clean room
  • put away laundry
  • empty trash
  • sweep and mop
  • wash dishes/load dishwasher (these are our favorite natural dishwasher pods)
  • dust
  • clean windows and glass with non-toxic cleaner
  • help with meal prep

Ages 10-12

  • make bed
  • keep room clean
  • wash, fold, and put away laundry
  • sweep and mop floors
  • vacuum
  • organize belongings
  • mow the lawn
  • prepare simple snacks and meals
  • clean bathroom
  • bring in mail
  • take out trash

Ages 13+

  • keep room and belongings clean and organized
  • clean any room completely
  • make a complete meal
  • bake bread, cookies, and cakes
  • clean out and wash vehicle
  • iron clothes
  • lawn care
  • and so much more!

age-appropriate chores

My Children’s Weekly Chores

In our home, our kids keep the same chores for long periods of time.

This makes a lot of sense because then they become proficient at their chores, and after awhile they don’t need to ask questions or waste time trying to work out the best way to get it done.

By keeping the same chores, they’re able to develop a streamlined way of performing each task. This gets them done faster!

Occasionally we do rotate things, but not very often. One year, my two older daughters wanted to trade jobs, so we switched things up and everyone was happy. 🙂

As kids get older, you’ll naturally want to train them in new chores and help them learn to handle more responsibility. So, things do need to be changed up every once in awhile so everyone gets a chance to learn how to run the house.

If you decide to have your children keep the same chores for longer periods, just be sensitive to what works for your own children and in your own home.

Here are our current Friday Cleaning Day chores (listed by age):


  • put laundry away
  • put away toys in bedroom
  • dust bedroom
  • take dirty laundry to laundry room
  • empty all small trash cans in basement (we have a finished basement where we have our school room, play area, and office)
  • help clean up basement


  • clean girls’ bedroom
  • vacuum girls’ bedroom
  • vacuum hallway
  • dust living room
  • clear off and straighten school table
  • help pick up basement
  • vacuum basement


  • clean boys’ bedroom
  • vacuum boys’ bedroom
  • put laundry away
  • take bathroom laundry to laundry room
  • pick up living room
  • vacuum living room
  • help pick up basement
  • take out trash


  • clean main bathroom (clean mirror, counters, disinfect and clean out sink, disinfect doorknobs, clean toilet top to bottom, clean bathtub, sweep and mop, and put out a clean hand towel)
  • clean glass on kitchen door (inside and out)
  • clean glass on office door
  • vacuum stairs


  • deep clean kitchen (clean counters and wipe, wipe down cabinets and appliances, wipe down island, clean out microwave, dust wood furniture, sweep, mop, clean out one drawer, disinfect sink and dish drainer)
  • sweep and mop front entryway
  • fold laundry

age-appropriate chores

Mom’s Responsibilities

While my kids are doing all of that cleaning, what am I doing? 🙂 Here’s my usual weekly cleaning list (sometimes I add more to this list if I have bigger projects that need to be tackled):

  • change sheets
  • clean master bathroom
  • clean/organize and vacuum master bedroom
  • water plants
  • one or two chores from my monthly cleaning list

How Long it Takes

I  spend more time cleaning than the kids. They’ve got their jobs down, and they work fast to get them all done in record time! After getting my cleaning done, as I mentioned above, I’ll usually work on some organizing projects. I have a hard time stopping once I start organizing!

It usually takes me one to two hours to get my cleaning done, depending on how many extra chores I decide to add.

Now that my children are older, we still get in some schoolwork on Fridays, despite the fact that cleaning is our focus for the earlier part of the day. Everyone except my 7-year-old works pretty much totally independently, so they do school work after finishing their cleaning.

Where Laundry Fits In

Since we have seven people in our home, laundry is pretty much a constant thing. I wash towels and sheets on Monday usually, and then we work on the rest of it throughout the week.

Daily Chores

My kids’ daily chores consist of doing the dishes, taking out trash, sweeping, picking up, taking dirty laundry to the laundry room, folding laundry, etc.

All the kids take turns with various cooking tasks.

The older girls do a lot of it, but my 11-year-old frequently makes breakfast, and my 13-year-old son doesn’t get much of a chance in the kitchen because the girls are often kicking him out!

I’m working on getting him in the kitchen more since he really enjoys it (and I think everyone should learn basic cooking skills!).

Our four oldest children take turns doing the dishes at different times of the day.

Our current schedule is that the 11-year-old does breakfast dishes, the 13-year-old does lunch, and the two older girls help each other with dinner dishes (since that’s the biggest meal of the day we usually have more dishes then).

Get the Free Printable

If you’d like a printable with these chore suggestions, I made a simple one for you to download below or you can also find it here.

age-appropriate chores

I hope this answers some of the questions that have been asked about how we do chores!

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  1. This is a great list, and really well targeted to age groups. Not only do chores make kids feel they are contributing but it really sets them up for running their own homes. Thank you for sharing this post with us at Hearth and Soul. Hope to ‘see’ you again this week!

  2. Thank you so much for this list of age appropriate chores! I have been looking into making a chore list for our five year old and this helps a lot!

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