I'm looking for a noun which roughly means "the little chores" in life, something similar to mundane tasks (such as fetching groceries, doing the laundry, etc), but a bit more generic than "errand". Preferably something that implies that the action could be repeated.

  • I would say that "mundane tasks" is the usual term for this in the US.
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 28, 2014 at 3:36
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    The word "chore" itself means a mundane job, an everyday task that a person needs to perform. Add daily and you reinforce the meaning, "(a) daily chore/s"
    – Mari-Lou A
    Dec 28, 2014 at 9:05

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Minutia covers most of this. While it doesn't refer specifically to chores, it's often used to convey drudgery or triviality as in "the minutiae [plural] of daily life."


a minute or minor detail —usually used in plural


A daily routine suggests a a series of ordinary repeated actions: (from TFD)

  • A set of customary or unchanging and often mechanically performed activities or procedures:

    • a routine of housework.

Consider the daily round:

UK old-fashioned

the tasks you have to do every day:

I get exhausted just by the daily round.

(Definition and example from Cambridge Dictionaries Online.)

Everyday tasks and daily to-do list are further possibilities.

  • I'd go for "daily chores/errands"
    – Mari-Lou A
    Dec 28, 2014 at 9:02
  • @Mari-LouA - Those are certainly possibilities, but the OP's question is asking for some different terms.
    – Erik Kowal
    Dec 28, 2014 at 9:03

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