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Creating a Chore Chart with Roommates

Boerne Roommates Doing the Dishes TogetherIf you share your Boerne rental house with others, you know how difficult 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 burden. To retain your home neat and clean, you’ll need everyone to pitch in and help. It is also necessary to make sure that everyone in the house knows who is responsible for which chores, and when those chores need to be completed. That is where a chore chart can help. 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 every 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. If you and a housemate or relatives have different beliefs about what “clean” is, that can lead to a lot of unwanted trouble at 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 is better to do this as a group and try to make it as comprehensive as possible. Make sure everybody understands that each person in the house is responsible for his or her belongings, bedroom, and private bathroom (if this applies). After that, start creating a list of chores for everything else. Add 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. It will help reduce confusion and resentment if such issues are ignored.


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 get started is to urge everyone to volunteer to do chores they enjoy. For instance, one roommate hates washing dishes but doesn’t mind vacuuming carpets. Another solution is to divide tasks up by rooms, and then have each person responsible for cleaning one room each week. It may help for lighter cleaning, but any deep cleaning might be easier to address if everyone helps. You can split the responsibilities between you and those who live in you in any way, but take care to ensure that it is fair and that each person’s chores are clearly assigned.


Set Deadlines

Part of establishing an effective chore chart is to ensure that tasks are being completed in a timely manner. In addition to assigning chores, it is necessary to set deadlines for when every housework should be done. Taking this method will hold each person accountable for the assigned task and ensure that all work is done regularly.


Follow Up

In conclusion, it’s necessary to bear in mind that no chore chart is perfect from the beginning. Rather, working together on daily chores is a process that will continue to grow. That is why it is helpful to meet regularly to discuss what’s working and address any problems that may have occurred. Being proactive with your follow-up can help you get away from arguing or bad feelings that might otherwise result.

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