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Creating a Chore Chart with Roommates

Clovis Roommates Doing the Dishes TogetherYou know how difficult it is to clean things when you share your Clovis rental house with others. No matter if you are living with roommates or family members, staying on top of household chores can be a struggle. In order to keep your place clean, you’ll need everyone to pitch in and help. Besides, you’ll need to make sure that everyone in the house knows who is responsible for which chores, and when those chores should be done. That is where a chore chart can prove to be useful. By following a few simple steps, you can create a chore chart that will not only get everyone in the house involved but make it easier to keep your rental house in excellent shape at all times.


Define “Clean”

It may sound silly, but the first step to creating an effective chore chart is to ensure that everyone doing chores has the same definition of “clean.” Different people may have very different ideas about what it means to clean different areas of the house. If you and a roommate or family member have different thoughts regarding what “clean” is, that can lead to a lot of unwanted friction in the home.


Make a List

Once you’ve agreed on what clean means, you can then start making a list of each chore that will need to be done. It is suggested to do this as a group and try to make it as comprehensive as possible. Make sure that everybody understands that each person in the house is responsible for his or her belongings, bedroom, and private bathroom (if this applies). At that time, begin creating a list of chores for everything else. Incorporate both indoor and outdoor chores, and try to be as specific as possible. For example, instead of simply putting “clean the kitchen,” consider listing out the different elements that should be cleaned in the kitchen. It will help reduce confusion and resentment if certain things get disregarded.


Assign Specific Chores

With your list of chores in hand, you can then start assigning tasks to each member of the household. One of the ideal ways to get started is to motivate each person to volunteer to do chores they enjoy. Such as one roommate hates washing dishes but doesn’t mind vacuuming carpets. Another smart idea is to divide tasks up by rooms, and then have each person responsible for cleaning one room each week. It may work for lighter cleaning, but any deep cleaning might be easier to tackle if everyone helps. It would be helpful if you split the task in a way that makes it beneficial for you and those who live with you, but take care to ensure that it is fair and that each person’s chores are clearly assigned.


Set Deadlines

Part of creating an effective chore chart is to ensure that tasks are being completed in a timely manner. Along with assigning chores, it is important to set deadlines for when each chore should be completed. Doing this would help hold each person accountable for their assigned tasks and ensure that all activities are completed every day.


Follow Up

Lastly, it is imperative to remember that no chore chart is perfect right away. Instead, teaming up on household responsibilities is a procedure that will continue to evolve. So it is recommended to meet regularly to think about what’s beneficial and address any problems that may have occurred. Proactive management can help you avoid arguing or bad feelings that may otherwise result.

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