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Spring Cleaning: Kids Can Clean, Too!

Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to get cleaning. At we believe the kids can help out, too! With a little guidance, supervision and patience, the whole family can pitch in with age appropriate responsibilities.

Getting Started

  • Start them young – even little ones can contribute
  • Be patient – they are kids, not little adults, and need guidance
  • Keep tasks age-appropriate and add on as they get older

Ages 3-5

  • Put toys away
  • Put shoes away & clothes in laundry basket
  • Put out placemats to help set table
  • Clear place at table
  • Match socks from clean laundry

Ages 6-8

  • ADD from above responsibilities, plus:
  • Tidy room
  • Wipe counters in bathroom
  • Set table & clear plates
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Put away own laundry

Ages 9-10

  • ADD from above responsibilities, plus:
  • Clean bedroom
  • More thoroughly clean bathroom – wipe counters, mirrors & toilet
  • Dusting
  • Help washing dishes

Tweens & Teens

  • ADD from above responsibilities, plus:
  • Vacuuming
  • Start doing own laundry
  • Moping & dusting
  • Help with weekly cleaning tasks


  • Create a responsibility chart for kids with both required and optional tasks
  • Required tasks shouldn’t need rewards but be considered part of family responsibilities
  • To get allowance, kids need to do 1-2 items each day on the optional list as well
  • Other reward ideas include sticker charts or filling jars with small items for good behavior. Once the jar is full, the kids get a special outing.

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