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Creating a Chore Chart with Roommates

Union City Roommates Doing the Dishes TogetherIf in case your Union City rental house is being shared with others, you know get 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 struggle. To keep your house 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 need to be done. 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 all the time.


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. In the event that you and a roommate or family member have conflicting 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 preferable to do this as a group and try to make it as comprehensive as possible. Guarantee that each person in the house is responsible for his or her belongings, bedroom, and private bathroom (if this applies). Then start 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 there are things that get overlooked.


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 proven 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. Another alternative 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 take on 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 making an effective chore chart is to secure that tasks are being completed in a timely manner. Together with assigning chores, it is crucial to set deadlines for when each chore should be completed. Such an act would help hold each person accountable for their assigned tasks and guarantee that all of the chores are being done consistently.


Follow Up

Finally, it’s imperative to keep in mind 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, it is important to meet regularly to discuss what’s working and address any problems that may have happened. Being hands-on with your follow-up can help head off arguing or bad feelings that may otherwise result.

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