School's out for summer! You know what that means. The kids and their friends have turned the house upside down. Don't worry! We have a simple age appropriate chore guideline your family can follow. Keeping house work to 20 minutes per day won't cut into free time and you'll be more likely to have success.
We recommend children ages 2-3 are able to put toys away, fill pet food and water dishes, put clothes in the hamper, wipe up spills and set the table.
Ages 4-5 can do the above plus make their own bed, empty trashes, clear the table, pull weeds, water plants, vacuum up messes, unload the dishwasher, and wash dishes.
Ages 6-7 can add to the above plus sort and put away laundry, sweep floors, set the table, load and unload the dishwasher, dust, keep their bedroom tidy and vacuum it when needed, weed and rake the lawn.
Ages 8-9 can add to the above list cleaning the bathroom mirror, mop floors, help make meals, take the dog for a walk, fold and hang laundry.
Ages 10 and up can add cleaning the entire bathroom, wash windows, wash the car, iron clothes, change bedding, mow the lawn, clean the kitchen, clean the oven and help make a simple dinner.
Don't play Martha. While you encourage them to do a good job when they clean or dust, this isn't the time to do the white glove inspection. Save that for your cleaning company!