House cleaning with the kids is one thing. Cleaning the garage with the kids is a totally different scenerio, (trust me on this). For one, kids are usually much more familiar with the house then they are with the garage. Additionally, the garage is often the storage space for dangerous tools, chemical products, etc. When getting the children involved in cleaning the garage, it’s important to keep their age and capabilities in mind. This list is just a guideline, every child is different.

Age 2 and under:


Pick up toys and put them in bins or drawers.
Pick up wrappers and smaller things to put in the trash bins.

Ages 3 to 5:

Chores previously mentioned as well as:
Put toys and games (and all their pieces) in the proper boxes or bins.
Help prepare papers for recycling.
Sweep the garage floor with a push broom.

Ages 6 to 9:


Chores previously mentioned plus:
Wipe up spills.
Empty and wipe wastebaskets clean, using disinfecting wipes.
Prepare recyclables for pickup.
Vacuum out the car.
Help wash the car.
Clean all doormats.

Ages 10 to 13:


Previous chores, plus:
Disinfect light switches and doorknobs.
Take trash and recycling containers to curb.
Wipe clean the car’s dashboard and upholstery.
Help clean the garage.
Wash screens and mini blinds.
Wash windows and wipe light fixtures.

Ages 14 and up:

Previous chores, plus:
Wash the car.
Wash the car’s undercarriage (each spring).
Spring clean the garage.

Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.