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Creating a Chore Chart with Roommates

Lynbrook Roommates Doing the Dishes TogetherIf you share your Lynbrook rental house with others, you know how hard it can be to keep things clean. No matter if you are living with roommates or family members, staying on top of household chores can be a significant issue. In order to make your home clean, you’ll need everyone to pitch in and help. Moreover, it is important to make sure that everyone in the house knows who is responsible for which chores, and when those chores have to be performed. That is where a chore chart can serve as a reference. 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. When you and a roommate or relative have conflicting opinions on what “clean” is, that can lead to a lot of unwanted tension in the household.


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 important 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. Include both indoor and outdoor chores, and attempt 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 best methods to do is to ask your household members to volunteer to do chores they enjoy. Like one roommate hates washing dishes but doesn’t mind vacuuming carpets. Another effective method 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 break the job in a way that favors both 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

An important part of creating an effective chore chart is to ensure that tasks are being completed in a timely manner. While assigning chores, it is best to set deadlines for each task to be completed. Doing this will help hold each person accountable for their assigned tasks and ensure that all activities are performed daily.


Follow Up

Lastly, it is essential to remember that no chore chart is perfect at first. Instead, working closely with household duties is a procedure that will continue to evolve. So it is necessary to meet regularly to think about what’s useful and address any problems that may have arisen. Being proactive with your follow-up can help head off arguing or bad feelings that may otherwise result.

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