72 Household Chores for Tweens

Household chores your tween should be doing

Taking care of the family pet should also be your child's responsibility. iStockphoto.com

Is your tween helping out around the house? No? Only occasionally? Your child should be helping out every day, despite any possible protests you might hear. Your older child is more than capable of doing a few things around the house, and lightening the load for you and other family members. If you need a few ideas to get your tween started, below are ideas for every room of the house. 

72 Chores for Every Tween

In the Kitchen

  • Clean the refrigerator
  • Clean out the pantry
  • Load the dishwasher
  • Empty the dishwasher
  • Clean the windows
  • Wipe down the counters and appliances
  • Make a grocery list
  • Make a salad for dinner
  • Organize your silver wear
  • Organize your plastic containers
  • Set the table for dinner
  • Clear the table after dinner
  • Feed the pets
  • Clean the microwave
  • Cut coupons and organize them for shopping
  • Organize the storage space under the sink

In the Family Room or Den

  • Vacuum the rugs
  • Polish the furniture
  • Get rid of old magazines
  • Get rid of clutter
  • Change the light bulbs
  • Wipe down the baseboards
  • Fluff the pillows
  • Dust and clean picture frames
  • Organize magazines, books or other periodicals
  • Watch and take care of younger siblings
  • Keep the printer stocked with paper
  • Change printer ink cartridges
  • Disinfect the telephone, light switches, and other manhandled areas

In the Bathroom

  • Keep the bathroom stocked with toilet paper
  • Wipe down the vanity top
  • Launder and replace hand towels
  • Clean the toilet
  • Keep soap in the soap dispenser
  • Mop the floor
  • Keep the cabinet organized and stocked with necessary supplies
  • Wipe down the bathtub or shower
  • Toss expired products
  • Empty the trash can

In the Media Room

  • Organize games, videos, or CDs
  • Wipe down the television screen
  • Remove trash, bring any glasses or dishes to the kitchen
  • Vacuum or mop the rug
  • Vacuum the couch, remove pet hair with a lint brush or a handheld vacuum
  • In His Bedroom
  • Make his bed every day
  • Put all of his dirty clothes in the hamper
  • Organize toys, books, and magazines on his bookshelves
  • Get rid of any items he might have outgrown or no longer needs
  • Dust and polish the bedroom furniture
  • Vacuum the rug
  • Wash the windows

Outside

  • Weed the garden
  • Help plant a veggie garden or flowers
  • Pick up toys and put them away
  • Rake leaves
  • Shovel snow
  • Help organize the garage
  • Clean and vacuum the cars
  • Wax and maintain the family bikes
  • Walk the family dog (and pick up after it)
  • Take the trash cans and the recycle bins out to the curb (and bring them in when they're emptied)
  • Sweep the front porch
  • Hang a bird feeder
  • Pick up fallen acorns, fruit or pinecones

Laundry Room

  • Clean the dryer lint trap
  • Wash a load of clothes
  • Put washed clothes in the dryer
  • Fold clothes 
  • Pretreat soiled clothing with a stain remover
  • Mop the floor
  • Lets you know when your low on laundry supplies

    Note: Of course, you'll have to decide when your child is ready to take on some of these tasks. Tweens don't mature at the same rate, and while one child might be ready to babysit a younger sibling, another may not be ready for the responsibility. Also, your tween might be very good at scrubbing a toilet, but not as good at doing the laundry. Work with your child so he improves his skills, and helps you out along the way.

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