Chores List for Older Kids and Teens

Ideas List for Household Chores That Parents Can Use

Assign your teen age appropriate chores.
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Teens are capable of doing practically any chore that adults can do. But, they need direction and guidance as they learn how to do household chores appropriately. 

Guidance shouldn't be about nagging, however. Instead, it should involve showing your teen how to do a specific chore and then monitoring your teen's progress.

If your teen isn't cleaning the bathroom in a sanitary manner, or if he's lawn mowing technique leaves a lot to be desired, consider it a teachable moment.

Show your teen the appropriate way to do things and make your expectations clear. 

Use chores as a way to teach your teen about adult life. Pay your teen an allowance for doing chores or link chores to specific privileges. Make it clear that hard work leads to rewards, just like hard work at a future job will lead to a pay check.

Regular Chores for Teens

  • Vacuum living room
  • Vacuum hallway
  • Vacuum bedrooms
  • Vacuum stairs
  • Vacuum family room
  • Sweep kitchen floor
  • Sweep bathroom floor
  • Gather dirty towels in bathrooms
  • Dust living room
  • Dust bedrooms
  • Dust family room
  • Dust ceiling fans
  • Wipe off the washer and dryer
  • Vacuum the furniture
  • Put away misplaced items in the family room
  • Straighten the family room
  • Straighten the living room
  • Lint brush furniture in the living room
  • Lint brush furniture in the family room
  • Wipe baseboards in the living room
  • Wipe baseboards in the hallway
  • Wipe baseboards in the bedrooms
  • Wipe baseboards in the stairs
  • Wipe baseboards in the family room
  • Wipe baseboards in the kitchen
  • Wipe baseboards in the bathroom floor
  • Wipe doorknobs and light switches
  • Water plants
  • Organize drawers in their room
  • Organize bedroom closet
  • Take care of items for recycling 
  • Take the trash out to the street for pick up
  • Empty the trash from various rooms
  • Cook dinner (leave instructions)
  • Make lunch for siblings
  • Pick up milk/bread/etc. from the store
  • Start a load of laundry in the washer
  • Switch a load of laundry into the dryer
  • Fold a load of laundry
  • Put away laundry
  • Dust the computer desk
  • Clean the keyboard and screen of the computer
  • Clean the kitchen counters
  • Empty the dishwasher
  • Clean the bathroom sink, mirror and toilet
  • Shake out area rugs
  • Wash dishes
  • Feed the pet
  • Walk the pet or clean litter
  • Wash the pet or pet’s things
  • Clean windows in the living room
  • Clean windows in the hallway or stairwell
  • Clean windows in their bedroom
  • Clean windows in the family room
  • Clean windows in the kitchen
  • Clean windows in the bathroom
  • Clean refrigerator shelves and door; inside and out
  • Clean out the old food in the refrigerator
  • Clean the toaster, unplug and dump the crumbs
  • Wash kitchen floor
  • Wash bathroom floor
  • Replace light bulbs
  • Iron clothes

Spring/Summer Chores for Teens

  • Mowing the lawn
  • Trim the lawn
  • Trim the bushes
  • Weed the garden
  • Wash the car
  • Vacuum the car
  • Clean outdoor furniture
  • Get outdoor items out of storage and ready for use
  • Watch siblings during summer break

Fall Chores for teens

  • Rake the lawn
  • Clean out the garden
  • Clean outdoor items and storing them for winter

Winter Chores for Teens

  • Shovel snow
  • Clean snow off of the car

Work with your teen on identifying a regular chore schedule. Give your teen daily chores, as well as bigger chores to do on the weekends or during school vacations. 

Use chores as a way to help your teen become more responsible, but make sure your teen doesn't take on too many chores. Find a healthy balance that will give your child plenty of time to do homework and have some fun, while also teaching valuable life skills

Updated by Amy Morin, LCSW.

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