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Age Appropriate Cleaning Chores

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Age Appropriate Cleaning Chores
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BLACK+DECKER B+D Contributor 3 Articles

Teach your children responsibility and the importance of regular home maintenance by assigning age appropriate chores to the kids in your household. It's easy to find something for everyone to do, regardless of age group, but remember to scale the difficulty of the task to each child's capabilities. Designate tidying up and lightweight cleaning tools for younger children, while teens can be responsible for tackling larger cleaning projects. Keep everyone accountable for their jobs with a labeled chore chart, and rotate tasks weekly to keep cleaning as a team fun.

AGES 3 to 5

Organize + Put Away the Toys

Organize and Put Away the Toys

Provide low shelves with picture-labeled bins to prompt cleanups in your child's playroom or bedroom. Encourage kids to clean up after themselves once they're done playing to keep the mess at bay.


Sweep the Porch

Sweep the Porch

Keep a BLACK+DECKER Angle Broom in the garage for the kids to sweep away grass and dirt from the front porch. It's a simple chore that doesn't require cleaners, and you’ll be able to buy some time to clean up inside. Have your kids practice sweeping in one direction with the wood planks to get out all the leaves and debris.


Dust

Dust

Send the kids on a dust-hunt with the BLACK+DECKER Flex Microfiber Duster. Teach them to find the often-overlooked places, such as under the furniture and behind the curtains. Remind them to carefully remove items from shelves and tables to clean thoroughly.


AGES 6 to 10

Vacuum the Couch

Vacuum the Couch

Have them remove all the couch cushions and vacuum up the crumbs with the BLACK+DECKER SMARTECH™ Cordless Lithium Hand Vacuum (Chili Red). It's a lightweight handheld vacuum that's perfect for small hands to manage. Let the kids put any change they find in their piggy bank.


Clear the Table

Clear the Table

After dinner, have your children remove the dishes and condiments from the table. They can rinse and load dinnerware in the dishwasher, and then wipe down the table with a damp cloth. This is a great group chore for siblings.


Strip the Beds

Strip the Beds

Have each child in your household be responsible for stripping their own bed and delivering their sheets to the laundry room for washing each week. It will save you multiple trips back and forth to bedrooms while teaching your kids how to keep their beds clean.


TEENS

Steam Mop the Bathroom

Steam Mop the Bathroom

The BLACK+DECKER 10-n-1 Steam-Mop™ with Fresh Scent kills up to 99.9% of germs with just the power of steam. Have older kids mop all hard-floored bathrooms and powder rooms weekly to keep them smelling fresh.


Wash the Windows

Wash the Windows

The new technology of the BLACK+DECKER Powered Squeegee Vac makes window washing quick and efficient. This handheld tool does the work of three. It's a sprayer, scrubber and squeegee vacuum that helps you get clean and clear windows. Each week, have the older kids tackle any easy-to-reach windows, paying particularly close attention to areas where fingerprints and smudges tend to accumulate.