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Creating a Chore Chart with Roommates

Hartford Roommates Doing the Dishes TogetherWhen you share your Hartford rental house with other people, you know how difficult it is to keep the area clean. No matter if you are living with roommates or family members, staying on top of household chores can be a challenge. To make your home tidy, you’ll need everyone to pitch in and help. Furthermore, it is important to make sure that everyone in the house knows who is responsible for which chores, and when those chores should finish. 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 good condition 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 flatmate or relative have different perceptions about what “clean” is, that can lead to a lot of unwanted tension 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. Ensure everybody concurs that each person in the house is responsible for his or her belongings, bedroom, and private bathroom (if this applies). Then proceed to draw up a list of chores for everything else. Incorporate 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 some 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 ideal approaches is to begin to motivate every person to volunteer to do chores they enjoy. Maybe one roommate hates washing dishes but doesn’t mind vacuuming carpets. Another option is to divide tasks up by rooms, and then have each person responsible for cleaning one room each week. It could work for lighter cleaning, but any deep cleaning will be easier to deal with if everyone helps. You can allocate the duties in a way that suitable for you and those residing with you, but take care to ensure that it is fair and that each person’s chores are clearly assigned.


Set Deadlines

Some portion of making an effective chore chart is to ensure that tasks are being completed in a timely manner. Together with assigning chores, it is necessary to set deadlines for when every job should be finished. Doing this would help hold each person accountable for their given work and guarantee that each of the tasks is completed daily.


Follow Up

Ultimately, it’s critical to keep in mind that no chore chart is perfect from the very beginning. Alternatively, working together on a household task is a cycle that will continue to develop. Therefore, it is critical to meet regularly to talk about what’s working and address any problems that may have happened. Being careful with your follow-up can help avoid arguing or bad feelings that may otherwise result.

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