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Creating a Chore Chart with Roommates

Pico Rivera Roommates Doing the Dishes TogetherIf you share your Pico Rivera rental house with somebody, you know how problematic it can be to keep your area clean. No matter if you are living with roommates or family members, staying on top of household chores can be a burden. To keep your home neat and clean, you’ll need everyone to pitch in and help. What’s more, it is advisable 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 a lot. 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 housemate or relatives do not share a common belief about what “clean” is, that can lead to a lot of unwanted misunderstandings 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 ideal to do this as a group and try to make it as comprehensive as possible. Make sure it is clear to everyone 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 attempt to be as specific as possible. For example, instead of simply putting “clean the kitchen,” consider listing the different elements that should be cleaned in the kitchen. It will help reduce confusion and resentment if other issues go unnoticed.


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 easiest ways to get started is to ask the others to volunteer to do chores they enjoy. For instance, one housemate 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. It may help for lighter cleaning, but any deep cleaning might be easier to address if everyone helps. You can assign the tasks between you and those who live with 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 creating an effective chore chart is to ensure that tasks are being completed in a timely manner. In addition to assigning chores, it is advisable to set deadlines for when it’s necessary the job ought to be finished. Using this strategy will help you hold each person accountable for the role assigned to them and guarantee that all tasks are completed regularly.


Follow Up

Finally, it should be kept in mind that no chore chart is perfect from the beginning. Preferably, working together on daily tasks is a process that will continue to grow. That is why it is important to meet regularly to discuss what’s working and address any problems that may have occurred. Being cautious with your follow-up can help you prevent from arguing or bad feelings that might otherwise result.

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