As a kid, I never had to make the bed (which had sheets, damn it!), but my childhood was not targeted at the inculcation of tidiness. Based on the number of people who make it to grad school with no housekeeping/self-care skills, though, perhaps the general project of tidiness could yield to chore assignments based on development of useful abilities:
- Doing the dishes
- The general method for cleaning kitchens, bathrooms, and floors
- Basic food storage (putting away groceries)
(All these are based on actual crippling deficiencies I have noted in grown men.) What chores can you give kids that actually teach them something valuable, as opposed to "putting them in their place"?