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Creating a Chore Chart with Roommates

Taunton Roommates Doing the Dishes TogetherIf you share your Taunton rental house with others, you understand how stressful it can be to keep the house clean. No matter if you are living with roommates or family members, staying on top of household chores can be a burden. To ensure that your home is clean every day, 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 need to be accomplished. That is where a chore chart can be helpful. 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 perfect shape 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. If you and a roommate or family member do not have the same beliefs on what “clean” is, that can lead to a lot of unwanted tension around 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 necessary to do this as a group and try to make it as comprehensive as possible. Make sure that everybody acknowledges that each person in the house is responsible for his or her belongings, bedroom, and private bathroom (if this applies). Afterward, begin making a list of chores for everything else. Involve 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 certain things 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 effective methods to do that is to communicate with them and encourage everyone to volunteer to do chores they enjoy. Maybe one housemate hates washing dishes but doesn’t mind vacuuming carpets. Another choice is to divide tasks up by rooms, and then have each person responsible for cleaning one room each week. It may be fine for lighter cleaning, but any deep cleaning might be easier to deal with if everyone helps. Make sure to distribute the chore in a way that is advantageous for you and 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 secret to creating an effective chore chart is to make sure that tasks are being completed in a timely manner. Other than assigning chores, it would be helpful to set deadlines for every task. Taking this will help hold each person accountable for their given work and ensure that all of the errands are completed.


Follow Up

At last, it’s essential to keep in mind that no chore chart is perfect from the beginning. Instead, cooperating on household duties is a process that will continue to develop. Thus, it is necessary to meet regularly to know what works and address any problems that may have happened. Being sincere with your follow-up will help avoid arguing or bad feelings that may have arisen.

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