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Creating a Chore Chart with Roommates

Fitchburg Roommates Doing the Dishes TogetherIf you share your Fitchburg rental house with others, you understand how difficult it can be to maintain the cleanliness of the home. No matter if you are living with roommates or family members, staying on top of household chores can be a struggle. To keep your house clean, you’ll need everyone to pitch in and help. Furthermore, you’ll need to make sure that everyone in the house knows who is responsible for which chores, and when those chores need to be completed. This is where a chore chart can come in handy. 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 form 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 diverse ideas about 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’s most helpful to do this as a group and try to make it as comprehensive as possible. Make sure everyone agrees that each person in the house is responsible for his or her belongings, bedroom, and private bathroom (if this applies). Then begin making a list of chores for everything else. Include 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. This will help reduce confusion and resentment if certain things get neglected.


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 best ways to begin is to encourage each person to volunteer to do chores they enjoy. Probably one roommate hates washing dishes but doesn’t mind vacuuming carpets. One more option to go with is to divide tasks up by rooms, and then have each person responsible for cleaning one room each week. This may work for lighter cleaning, but any deep cleaning might be easier to accomplish if everyone helps. You can divide up the work in any way that makes sense for you and those living 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 guarantee 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 finished. Doing so will help hold each person accountable for their assigned tasks and ensure that all of the chores are being done consistently.


Follow Up

Lastly, it’s crucial to remember that no chore chart is perfect right out of the gate. Rather, cooperating on household chores is a process that will always be evolving. Because of this, it is important to meet regularly to talk about what’s working and address any problems that may have occurred. Being proactive with your follow-up can help head off arguing or bad feelings that may otherwise result.

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