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Chores List for Older Kids and Teens

Ideas List for Household Chores That Parents Can Use

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Teens, being older, are capable of doing practically any chore that adults can do. But, I caution you, capable doesn't mean they know how to do a certain chore. Take it from someone who has seen a teen almost stick a toaster in the sink while it was still plugged in, you need to show your teen not only what you want done, but how to do it. And you may have to show them more than once. As the goal in the big picture is to teach your teen how to do household chores as a life skill, showing your teen more than once should be your expectation in order to avoid any stress for you or your teen.

Here is a list of task ideas and chores for older kids and teens. You can use it to fill out a printable chore chart or to make a chores list for your teen. This list is made to give your teen a clear idea of what you expect from them. It is a good idea to break these jobs down even further and explain what you want done. For instance, you can add more instruction to 'vacuum the family room' chore by stating that you wish your teen to move the rocking chair and vacuum under it as well.

 

Everyday Chores for Teens

 

  • Vacuum living room
  • Vacuum hallway
  • Vacuum bedrooms
  • Vacuum stairs
  • Vacuum family room
  • Change the vacuum cleaner bag
  • 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
  • Organizing a drawer in their room
  • Organizing a the closet in their room
  • 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
  • Emptying the dishwasher
  • Clean the bathroom sink, mirror and toilet
  • Shake out area rugs
  • Clean dinner dishes
  • Clean lunch dishes
  • Clean breakfast 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
  • Wash the outside of the car
  • Clean the inside of the car

Spring/Summer Chores for Teens

  • Mowing the lawn
  • Trim the lawn
  • Trim the bushes
  • Weed the garden
  • Cleaning outdoor furniture
  • Getting outdoor items out of storage and ready for use
  • Pool care, vacuuming the pool
  • Watching siblings during summer break

Fall Chores for teens

  • Raking and bagging leaves
  • Cleaning out garden
  • Cleaning outdoor items and storing them for winter

Winter Chores for Teens

  • Shoveling snow
  • Cleaning snow off of the car
  • Getting the car washed to remove salt
  • Help with Christmas lights
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