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Creating a Chore Chart with Roommates

Greeley Roommates Doing the Dishes TogetherIf you share your Greeley rental house with somebody, you realize how tough it can be to keep the place tidy. No matter if you are living with roommates or family members, staying on top of household chores can be a difficult task. To make your house clean, you’ll need everyone to pitch in and help. Furthermore, you will need to make sure that everyone in the house knows who is responsible for which chores, and when those chores need to be done. That is where a chore chart enters. 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 good condition 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 do not have the same opinions about what “clean” is, that can lead to a lot of unwanted pressure in the house.


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 advisable to do this as a group and try to make it as comprehensive as possible. Make sure that everyone knows that each person in the house is responsible for his or her belongings, bedroom, and private bathroom (if this applies). Hence, start composing a list of chores for everything else. Include both indoor and outdoor chores, and aim 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 to reduce confusion and resentment if other tasks are 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 do that is by talking to them and request every person to volunteer to do chores they enjoy. Possibly one roommate hates washing dishes but doesn’t mind vacuuming carpets. A further option is to divide tasks up by rooms, and then have each person responsible for cleaning one room each week. It may fit for lighter cleaning, but any deep cleaning might be easier to deal with if everyone helps. It is necessary to distribute the task in some way that seems reasonable to you and to those who are with you but take care to ensure that it is fair and that each person’s chores are clearly assigned.


Set Deadlines

The key to creating an effective chore chart is to ensure that tasks are being completed in a timely manner. Besides assigning chores, it is important to set deadlines for each task. Following this will help hold each person accountable for their given work and guarantee that all of the chores are always accomplished.


Follow Up

Finally, it’s important to understand that no chore chart is perfect right out of the gate. Preferably, collaborating on household chores is a process that will continue to evolve. Hence, it is ideal to meet regularly to evaluate what works and address any problems that may have occurred. Being proactive with your follow-up can help head off arguing or bad feelings that may have emerged.

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