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Free Downloadable Chores List and Housework List

Updated: Feb 10

Sharing household chores is among the top three issues associated with a successful marriage. Husbands can help foster a supportive home environment by taking charge of chores and working with their spouses to set clear expectations about chore distribution, preferences, and timelines.

Chores List Preview

Free Interactive Chores List for Couples

Note: You can convert the Sheets version of the chores list to Excel


Related: Do you and your spouse lose track of what needs to be picked up at the grocery? Use the Coexist mobile app grocery template for seamless communication and tracking.


Three easy tips to help you and your spouse get started dividing the household tasks:

  • Discuss and identify what you enjoy and are good at doing.

  • Be honest about what you hate to do or the chores you don't feel the most confident doing yourself.

  • Whatever tasks remain, divide them up fairly.

Many household chores are actually cognitive labor, not physical tasks, and are often invisible to both cognitive laborers and their partners. Women most frequently shoulder such invisible labor, which leads to resentment. This is why managing the home as a team is particularly important if you want to be a great husband. 

Using a list to divide up the chores is not enough for married couples. There's more to it.

Many husbands want to shine as active partners and fathers. The challenge for many married couples is understanding how to work together to juggle the caregiving and home management details. These tasks come with varying degrees of responsibility.

Without a system in place that allows for ownership, boundaries, and communication, couples will ultimately experience frustration around what it takes to manage the home. To avoid such frustration, we recommend the Fair Play System.


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Chores List and Housework List

Housework List

The housework list below was extracted from the interactive downloadable household chores list.


Check expired foods

Clean backsplash

Clean baseboards

Clean blinds and curtains

Clean fridge shelves

Clean mirrors

Clean shower heads

Clean sink and countertops

Clean the inside of the cabinets

Clean toilet bowls and seats

Clean up after breakfast

Clean up after dinner

Clean up after lunch

Clean up breakfast

Clean up dinner

Clean up lunch

Clean washer and dryer

Clean/dust blinds

Clean/wash curtains

Deep clean appliances

Deep clean drains

Deep clean refrigerator 

Deep clean the microwave

Deep clean the stove and oven

Deep clean toilet bowls and seats

Degrease stove and oven

Disinfect faucets and doorknobs 

Doing the dishes

Doing the laundry


Dust light fixtures

Dusting surfaces

Empty trash bins

Filing tax returns

Folding the laundry

Grocery shopping

Ironing clothes

Laundering and replacing dish and hand towels

Managing bank accounts

Managing credit cards

Managing disability insurance

Managing health insurance

Managing investment accounts

Managing life insurance

Managing vehicle insurance

Meal prep: breakfast

Meal prep: dinner

Meal prep: lunch

Misc. insurance (i.e., pet insurance)

Misc. personal finance management

Mop floors

Ordering meal delivery

Overseeing financial goals (e.g., savings goals)

Paying online bills (e.g., vehicle loans, mortgage)

Paying paper bills (e.g., vehicle loans, mortgage)

Putting the laundry away

Scrub shower/tub

Setting financial goals

Sweep floors/floors

Sweeping the kitchen floor

Taking out the trash

Taking trash to the curb

Touchup paint on the walls

Vacuum floors

Vacuum rugs

Vacuum rugs

Wash floors

Wash windows

Weekly meal planning

Windexing mirrors

Wipe computer

Wipe shower screens

Wipe sinks and countertops

Wipe tub and shower

Wiping down kitchen appliances

Wiping down the countertops

Yard work

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