Kids of all ages can chip in with the chores -- it's just a matter of getting them to actually do them. If you have a daily cleaning ritual the whole family can participate it, you'll have a better chance of these chores getting done.
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It doesn't have to be an hour. A 15-minute "hour" of clean in which each family member gets to choose their cleaning job would be effective too. As Unclutterer reports, by making it part of a regular routine, you minimise one of the biggest downsides to forcing your kids to do chores: Bickering:
The best part of the Hour of Clean: there was no complaining. There was no slacking off. The result, after an hour, was a tidy house. The camaraderie from everyone working (mum and dad included) at the same time, was a great motivation. The set time limit also worked well because everyone knew there was a limit to how much of their day would be spent cleaning.
In subsequent weeks, my daughter made an observation. "If we keep the house tidy all week, the 'Hour of Clean' might be the 'Half-Hour of Clean.'" I tried to hold back the tears of parental joy at this. "Yes," I simply said, my heart full of parental pride. "Yes it can."
Heck, even if you don't have children, perhaps you alone or your significant other could use an Hour of Clean policy.
Encouraging kids to do chores [Unclutterer]