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Tips for Creating a Chore Chart

Fitchburg Roommates Doing the Dishes Together

If you share your Fitchburg rental house with others, you know how difficult it can be to keep things in order. Whether living with roommates or family members, you’ll need each one to pitch in and help to keep your house clean. Likewise, you’ll need to guarantee that everyone in the house knows who is responsible for which chores and when those chores must be done. This is where a chore chart can come in handy. By following a few simple steps, you can build a chore chart that will keep your rental home in good form at all times – something both you and your Fitchburg property manager will welcome.

Define “Clean”

The first step to creating an effective chore chart is to ensure that everyone doing chores has the same definition of “clean.” Various people may have very unique concepts about what it means to clean different areas of the house. If you and a roommate or family member have different ideas about what “clean” is, that can lead to unwanted friction in the home. To stay away from tension, make sure you consider expectations ahead of time.

Make a List

Next, it’s time to list each chore that will need to be done. It’s best to do this as a group and try to make it as comprehensive a list as possible. Check first to agree that each person in the house is responsible for their belongings, bedroom, and private bathroom (if this applies). Then start making a list of chores for everything else. Include both indoor and outdoor tasks, 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. This will help reduce confusion and resentment if certain things get overlooked.

Create Your Chart

With your list of chores in hand, it’s time to start creating your chore chart. You can purchase a whiteboard or corkboard to serve as your chart or use a large piece of paper or poster board. Make it as simple or as elaborate as you like, as long as you can see, and assign tasks to each household member.

Assign Specific Chores

When your chart is ready, you can then designate tasks. One of the best ways to begin is to encourage each person to volunteer to do chores they enjoy. Perhaps one roommate despises washing dishes but doesn’t mind vacuuming carpets. Another alternative is to divide tasks by room and have each person responsible for cleaning one room weekly. This may work for lighter cleaning, but deep cleaning might be easier to tackle if everyone helps. You can split the work in any way that makes sense for you and those living with you but ensure that it is fair and that each person’s chores are assigned.

Set Deadlines

An effective chore chart ensures that tasks are completed on time. Along with assigning chores, it is important to set deadlines for when each assignment is to be completed. This can help hold each person accountable for their assigned tasks and ensure that all the chores are done regularly.

Follow Up

After all, it’s vital to remember that no chore chart is perfect right out of the gate. Rather, collaborating on household chores is a process that will continue to evolve. For this reason, meeting regularly to discuss what’s working and talk about any problems that may have occurred is important. Being proactive with your follow-up can help hold off arguing or bad feelings that may otherwise result.


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Originally Published on July 31, 2020

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