by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

50+ age appropriate chores that will teach your children important life skills like responsibility, confidence, discipline and respect – whilst also helping you keep a clean house!

I remember when my kids first asked to unpack the dishwasher and I didn’t think they were capable. I had images of chipped crockery, dropped glasses, etc… but they were eager, so I let them give it a go, and how wrong I was! Not only were my children capable, but they enjoyed it too!

If you’re needing to jump start your child’s chore list, this Personalised Acrylic Rewards Chart is the best! It’s the easiest way to set up a chores list for your children, plus the clear floating design teams seamlessly with any home decor style. Simply scribble down the chores, let the kids tick them off as they’re done, and then wipe clean at the end of the week in preparation for the next.

Encouraging your children to complete chores and jobs around the house is actually incredibly beneficial for the development of your kids – and why pass up the opportunity for extra help?! Here’s a list I’ve put together of age appropriate chores for kids. Feel free to adapt the lists to what you think will fit best with you and your child/children’s capabilities.

Benefits of the Kids Helping Around the House

There are many benefits to encouraging the children to help out around the house and complete certain chores. Here are just a few reasons why you should get them involved:

  • TEACHES THEM IMPORTANT LIFE SKILLS – I think this is one of the most important lessons. Without chores, my kids would have no idea how to keep a room tidy or how to clean up after themselves. It teaches them to become more self reliant and makes their progression into adulthood a lot easier!
  • TEACHES THEM TO WORK WELL WITH OTHERS – When everyone is required to pitch in around the house, it teaches kids the real value of teamwork and working well with others. It teaches them to listen, follow instructions and be a team player.
  • TEACHES THEM RESPONSIBILITY AND DISCIPLINE – By assigning them a task and giving them a responsibility, they quickly learn a lot about following rules and taking ownership for certain jobs.
  • TEACHES THEM RESPECT – If children are never exposed to how much work goes in to keeping a clean and tidy house, they will never know how much you do for them! By giving them a few of your small tasks, they will grow to appreciate your hard work.
  • KEEPS THEM OCCUPIED – When your kids are bored, anything (even chores) can seem entertaining! Don’t set them too many chores so that they resent them, but give them a job every now and then to keep them busy.
  • IMPROVES THEIR WORK ETHIC AND CREATES HABITS – By creating a list of chores that they are responsible for each week, it trains them to form good habits. Even implementing a pocket money system will assist them in developing a pleasant work ethic. Here is a blog post I did a while ago about why I give my kids pocket money.
  • GIVES THEM SELF-CONFIDENCE/PURPOSE – The satisfaction of completing a chore gives children a boost of confidence. They tend to feel more capable and like an important contributor to the family.

When my kids were young & how it’s shaped them today

I gave my kids responsibilities around the home at a young age and I have to tell you, I am very proud and appreciative of the help they give me today now that my youngest is 12 and twins 14. We do have a few sibling arguments in our house (more so now they are older), but I can easily say we have never had any arguments over household tasks.

In my home, my kids responsibilities started from the moment they woke up. I created this pretty Personalised Routine Chart which them to know what was expected of them, and have since updated it to include times too! This provides a great guide for helping to keep kids on track with their chores.

Morning routine for kids chores

Children really are creatures of habit, so having an easy-to-see chores chart or routine guide for them will make your home run a lot smoother.

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Here are a few of the highlights I want to share:

PACKING AWAY TOYS – My kids have been helping me to pack up the toys from the moment they could crawl. We would sing a packing up song (that we made up ourselves) as we were tidying up the toys: “we are packing up the toys, we are packing up the toys, packing packing packing up, packing up the toys”. It made it fun and joyful. I also made sure their rooms were tidy before going to bed. When they were little I helped, but as they got older this become a task they completed themselves.

Today, being teens and tweens, they don’t have toys like they used to. However, if they do leave something around the house, I do not pick it up. I call for them (to stop what they are doing, because that’s annoying and I like to annoy them sometimes – I pick my timing well, like when they are relaxing or talking to friends), and get them to pick up the item they have left laying around. That annoying factor helps them to learn to do it next time without having to be prompted. Other times if they are hanging around me, I just need to look them in the eye, then eyeball the item, and they know exactly what needs to be done.

  READ MORE: How To Get Kids To Clean Up Their Toys

How to get kids to clean up their toys

MADE THEIR BED FROM A YOUNG AGE – As much as I would’ve loved to have straightened the kids’ beds after they made them when they were younger (they were lumpy), I resisted because they had put in the effort and for that I am grateful. I also didn’t have time, and it was one less thing I had to do. From a young age I didn’t need to remind them to make their bed as it was listed on their daily routine chart.

Today, the kids always make their beds before they go to school, I don’t even have to ask. The girls make their beds beautifully, my son not so much. But as I mentioned above, I am just happy he has at least made it.

age appropriate chores for kids

this bedspread was purchased from Target last season

UNPACK THE DISHWASHER – This has been a regular routine since the kids were 5 years old. After the kids eat their breakfast, they unpack the dishwasher. Each child has their own responsibility. Child #1 unpacks the top, Child #2 unpacks the bottom, Child #3 unpacks the cutlery.

Today it is rotated daily, because they are all older and just as capable as each other. I have a tasks to-do chart that indicates who does what task on what day. We have used this chart for years, and the kids rarely refer to it now as they just do the jobs. There is no fighting, the kids realise that it’s a contribution to household tasks and realise that it helps me out. Miss 12 has been a bit slower in the mornings lately, so she has set her alarm clock 5 minutes earlier to ensure this task is completed before she goes to school.

age appropriate chores for kids

I found this photo from 2013 my youngest 8 years old, she is now 12 (pictured below). 

RESPECT – My kids have grown to be very respectful and I am extremely grateful that they are growing up to be such considerate human beings. If they see me at the washing line, they will come and help, or if they see me sorting the washing, they will help out. In particular, my Mr 14 has been doing the dishes while I am cooking dinner, and on the weekends when I am pottering around the house, he asks me if there is anything that he can help with before he sits down for a marathon session on his Xbox.
age appropriate chores for kids



  • All of above, plus:
  • Put dirty clothes into correct laundry sorting basket
  • Use a handheld stick vac to clean small floor areas
  • Unpack dishwasher
  • Feed the pet
  • Help put away groceries
  • Help fold washing
  • Dusting
  • Wipe bathroom sink
  • Set the table
  • Water plants
  • Clean inside of car
  • Sweep outside patio and driveway
  • Answer the telephone
  • Help pack lunchboxes


  • All of above, plus:
  • Peg washing on the line
  • Take washing off line
  • Fold washing
  • Put away their own washing
  • Put rubbish in the outside bin
  • Put out the bin on collection day
  • Tidy bathroom
  • Help with cooking dinner
  • Pull weeds from garden
  • Run own shower or bath


  • Load and turn on washing machine
  • Change sheets on bed
  • Clean toilet
  • Clean bathroom
  • Clean mirrors
  • Vacuum
  • Cook simple meals
  • Clean car
  • Clean the fridge
  • Clean and declutter kitchen bench
  • Wash the dishes
  • Make and pack own lunches
  • Clean pool
  • Pick up pet business in backyard
  • Take pet for a walk
  • Baking for lunchbox
  • Ironing

HELP MOTIVATE THEM – A really great tool I use to motivate my kids to finish their chores (and to finish them on time!) is a clock. It sounds simple, but it’s so effective – particularly if coupled with a routine chart that was suggested times on it. It becomes a game for the kids, and they even try to race the clock and get their chores completed quicker.

This Time Teaching Alarm Clock means that young children can have the added bonus of learning to read time whilst they complete their daily chores.

What household tasks do you get your kids to do?

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Beth February 27, 2017 - 6:39 AM

I have been receiving your emails for years now they are no longer coming, why would that be? Beth

Pat March 1, 2017 - 10:03 AM

Lovely lists! Mine are all grown up now, but they have been helping me tidy up since they were little. I started at age 3 as that is when my much older sister-in-law started with her children. (I was copying her) They have made their beds since the age of five as I did as a child.
I have had arguments over them helping around the house, notably I remember my eldest, objected strongly to helping unload the groceries from the car (& more than once). My response was always the same, “no help to bring the groceries in means not eating of the groceries”. She thought about it for a time then pitched in. Same went for washing up duties.
For jobs around the house: when someone didn’t want to do a job that was assigned to them, I offered more jobs for them to do if that was how they felt. For some reason the originally offered assignment was always taken up rather than the offer which came from one of them saying, “I am not doing XXX!” 🙂
Thinking back on it, all the arguments and disagreements over job assignments was when they were preteens and starting to feel their hormones. As teenagers, I didn’t have those problems. By the mid teens I had them helping me cook dinner – not a quick fix as I had to train them for each new recipe they wished to try. I taught them how to read a recipe book and what each instruction meant. When the youngest was 15 we had a roster of who was on cooking duty and a list of meals that they could chose from to make. We also had rules such as no meal could be served two nights in a row and for the one who was working no take-away more than once a month from him – he had to cook. Naturally, I was always on standby to assist or correct a badly measured ingredient. Will never forget the night one of them used 3 cups of water as well as milk in a recipe instead of ‘a total of 3 cups of milk & water’ – it was a soggy meal. I was late home that night and he was so proud of making it without me there to assist. 🙂
They are all responsible adults now who can cook good food and take care of themselves.

Farah Dyer-Steel November 16, 2017 - 8:02 PM

My boy is nearly 12 but he also has autism so most of his chores are those listed in your first group of Under 5s. Two months ago I devised a daily chore list and now he ticks them off as he goes. I have grouped them into morning (before school), afternoon (after school) and evening (bed time). They are all doable jobs and I am slowly adding to them as his abilities increase. I can get him to check the letterbox but as he has a spider phobia, I need to make sure the letterbox is totally devoid of all webs. Same for the recycling bin. I give him $10 a week for all these chores but as he’s not really interested in buying things, or food, money is a new concept that he’s still learning to adapt to. All I have to say is “don’t forget to tick some things off your list” and off he goes, trotting out to check the recycling box next to the kitchen bin, check that Puss’ biscuit bowl is full, clothes in the laundry hamper, notes out of school bag and (still full = sigh….) lunchbox back into the fridge with the still full (another sigh) water bottle. I find this is really working for us both!

Allisson May 3, 2018 - 12:23 PM

Perhaps some pictures of boys doing tasks would be good, not just girls?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 3, 2018 - 12:42 PM

It just so happens my son is camera shy, so my daughters were gracious enough to allow me to take a photo of them.

Andrea Carveth May 13, 2018 - 9:13 AM

Hi Kat,

Im reasonably new to reading your posts,but im loving them and have incorporated various things into my home, which make me smile each time i eg go to my organised presents/gift wrapping cupboard with everything that i need right there, open my kitchen and laundry cupboards to find everything hanging on the door or in their right place in the baskets:)

In addition to your list above for the over 10s…A couple of little extra things my Mr 12 yo does is to take out the rubbish and recycling to the big bins, bring in the bins once emptied on rubbish collection days, collect all the dirty washing from each bedroom basket and bring down to the laundry baskets; my Mr 17yo mows the lawn, while my miss messy 15 year old has regular sorting and folding sessions to neaten her wardrobe and bathroom cupboards (how much stuff can one teenage girl have!)

HOWEVER, weekly pocket money has never been enough to keep my children focussed for longer than week one, so a new brainwave from my husband has seen all three children rise to the daily task of helping around the home: INSTANT REWARD for chore. we keep a kitty if coins and occasional notes All chores are assigned a value and the children keep a list for payment every day eg unpack the dishwasher 50c, empty the bins 50c, pick up dog poo 50c, hang out/bring in the washing 50c, fold the washing and sort into piles for each person $2, vacuum upstairs/downstairs $5 each, mow the lawns front/back $5 each, etc etc etc. adjust the payments to suit your budget. Im also encouraging the children to put their money into the bank and save for a big purchase or contribute to something they want.

This instant gratification reward system has changed our household to one in which i now feel supported and much less overwhelmed.

we’ve shared this idea with a few people now who have adopted it, so I hope sharing this here with you can help many more mums out there!!

Andrea Carveth May 13, 2018 - 9:14 AM

Instant Rewards

Lori Waytashek September 15, 2019 - 5:04 PM

A list for kids with Autism

merry March 9, 2020 - 4:51 PM

It is very important to teach children the importance of doing household chores because it helps them grow and makes them independent. It also teaches them humility, to be responsible and disciplined.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 11, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Couldn’t agree more! 🙂

Rachel Will January 13, 2021 - 11:24 AM

What fantastic Lists you have, Kat! Mine are still young, and to train them to help in kitchen and dining we avoid using kitchen wares that are shattered easily. I also taught them how to wear their clothes properly and they’ve almost perfected it now.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 18, 2021 - 2:45 PM

That’s great to hear


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