List of Household Chores

As promised, I am delivering a list of duties that typically need to be done to run a household. 

Notice that child care duties are not included here.  Thus, changing diapers, running kids to practices, reading stories–none of this is on the list and is a full time job in and of itself.   

This list can be used as a tool to help you and your family decide who will be in charge of what responisibilites.  As you can see, this is an extensive list.  Now you know why it’s so hard to keep up with everything! 

This list is divided into four categories:  food, shelter, clothing, and transportation. 

Do three things with this list.

  1. Determine how much time this responisbility requires in an average week.  (i.e. if dinner takes a 1/2 hour per night, then it’s 3 1/2 hours per week; if changing oil takes 1 hour a month, then it would be 15 minutes a week).
  2. Determine who is now doing the responsiblity in your home
  3. Determine as a family who should be responsible for the dutyy. 

 Determine who is currently doing what responsibilities and where it might be appropriate to redelegate.  Typically, the mom is taking on a lot of the load.  Consider hiring extra help as needed. 


  • Set Table
  • Clear Table
  • Unload Dishwasher
  • Load Dishwasher
  • Plan weekly menu
  • Plan shopping trip i.e. follow sales, cut coupons
  • Grocery Shop
  • Unload and put away groceries
  • Keep refrigerator organized and clean
  • Prepare breakfast
  • Prepare lunch/sack lunches
  • Prepare dinner
  • Put food away after meals
  • Shake out tablecloth/wipe table
  • Clean high chair/high chair tray
  • Wipe counters
  • Wash dishes
  • Dry and put away dishes
  • Wash kitchen towels, place mats, tablecloths, aprons
  • Sweep
  • If you have a garden, then planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting garden


  • Pay bills
  • File bills
  • Get and sort through mail
  • Purchase furniture/household items
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Dust
  • Windex
  • Vacuum house
  • Vacuum stairs
  • Stain removal/spot cleaning spills on carpets
  • Steam cleaning/Deep cleaning carpets
  • Take out garbage in house
  • Take garbage out to curb
  • Pick up and put away items
  • Handle backpacks/jackets/homework that comes in everyday
  • Change and wash bed sheets
  • Change and wash towels and rugs
  • Clean microwave
  • Clean kitchen range
  • Sweep and mop floors
  • Water indoor plants
  • Wash windows
  • Wipe walls and doors down
  • Do appliance repairs or call and arrange the repairman
  • Change filters–(heating)
  • Change lightbulbs, refills soap bottles, etc.
  • Keep things organized (generally to keep an organized home, you need to maintain 2-3 shelfs/drawers a day.
  • Mow lawns (I’m including yard under shelter)
  • Weed flower beds
  • Edge yard
  • Rake leaves
  • Sweep porch, deck, and driveway
  • Maintain sprinklers (either repair or call repairman when there’s a problem)
  • Shovel snow


  • Purchase clothing
  • Make clothing returns when needed
  • Pretreat clothing/stain removal
  • Wash clothes (this can be divided between different family members)
  • Hang up and put clothes away in appropriate closets and drawers
  • Iron clothing when necessary
  • Drop off and pick up clothing from dry cleaners
  • Mend clothing or make needed alterations
  • Make clothing (if you sew)
  • Manage clothing storage–i.e. put away winter clothing and get out summer clothing, putting off season purchases away


  • Buy and maintain auto insurance
  • Get oil changed
  • Keep auto inspections and registration renewed
  • Purchase gas
  • Clean car exterior
  • Keep car interior cleaned out
  • Vacuum car
  • Wipe down dashboard
  • Wipe chairs and sides of car
  • Steam clean car carpets when needed. 




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