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Age-Appropriate Laundry Chores For Kids

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Last week I talked about what laundry for a large family looks like. (Spoiler alert, yes, it’s a TON of laundry!) So, this week I thought it might be a good time to share how we keep up with all of that laundry: laundry chores for the kids!

Growing up, I had my fair share of chores. Yes, like any kid, I hated them. But, I’m so glad my mom insisted we help around the house. I learned a lot, not only about how to clean things properly but also the importance of helping out when you’re a part of a family. Everything works together so much better when we all pitch in!

All of my children are still fairly young (the oldest is almost 9 years old) but that doesn’t mean that can’t help out around the house! They are each responsible for quite a few chores and laundry is no exception. In fact, laundry is a GREAT chore for children to help with. Here is a list of age-appropriate laundry chores for kids.

Age-Appropriate Laundry Chores For Kids

Laundry Chores for Children Ages 18 months – 3 Years

Sometime between 18-24 months, your child will be ready (and eager!) to start “helping” with chores, and laundry is the perfect place to start. While a child this young can’t help with a lot, the biggest thing you want to encourage at these ages is the desire to help. There are so many times that my Gideon (aged 2) wants to help me. I know that when he helps it will likely take me 2 or 3 times longer, but this is how they learn!

Children this young can easily:

    • Help toss wet clothes into the dryer (with an adult’s assistance of course)
    • Pull dry clothes out of the dryer and place in a hamper to fold (again, with an adult’s assistance)
    • Match sock pairs together (usually at about 2.5 years)
    • Fold washcloths

child folding laundry

Laundry Chores for Children Ages 4-5 Years

Preschoolers can do all of the chores mentioned above, along with the following:

  • Hanging his or her shirts on hangers
  • Folding his or her pants
  • Sort clothing by type/color (if you do that)

child putting clothes on hanger

Laundry Chores for Children Ages 6-7 Years

Once your child is this age, they can do all of the chores mentioned above, plus:

  • Clean the lint from the dryer
  • Strip sheets from beds
  • Fold towels
  • Carry dirty clothing to the laundry room
  • Putting most pieces of laundry away


Laundry Chores for Children Ages 8-13 Years

This is the age when I start teaching my children how to wash laundry. It’s a big milestone here! Maggie turns 9 in just a few short weeks and I’ve already started teaching her how to wash clothes. I would have taught her sooner but our washer is so tall, it was hard for her to reach the controls before!

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Besides washing clothes, other age-appropriate laundry chores at this age include:

  • Making the beds with fresh linens
  • Any and all hanging of clothing
  • Putting all laundry away

Laundry Chores for Children Ages 14-18

Once your child reaches this age, they should basically be able to do any laundry task needed. Two additional things you’ll want to teach them at this point include:

  • Ironing
  • Folding sheets
  • Putting seasonal clothing away for storage
Have you started teaching your children how to help with laundry yet?

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Laundry chore ideas for kids

Alice F

Friday 22nd of February 2019

I love that you are teaching your children how to do laundry. So important for them to have chores around the house.


Tuesday 5th of February 2019

This is seriously an excellent outline I plan to use as my children get older. Thanks for the tips!


Monday 4th of February 2019

My daughters (ages 3 & 9) help with the laundry but unfortunately my sons (14 & 15) refuse to help. It's frustrating.

Vickie L Couturier

Monday 4th of February 2019

great and interesting post,,i believe in children having chores to do that is equal to their size and grade level,,

Heather K

Sunday 3rd of February 2019

My 13 and 18 year olds do all of their laundry now. Now there is no excuse when they yell, "mom I can't find my uniform!"