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Creating a Chore Chart with Roommates

Columbia Roommates Doing the Dishes TogetherIf you share your Columbia rental house with someone, you understand how challenging 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 challenge. In order to keep your home organized, you’ll need everyone to pitch in and help. Moreover, you will have 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 the time a chore chart comes into action. 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 great shape.


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 colleague or family member have conflicting opinions about what “clean” is, that can lead to a lot of unwanted confusion in the 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’s recommended to do this as a group and try to make it as comprehensive as possible. Ensure that everybody complies that each person in the house is responsible for his or her belongings, bedroom, and private bathroom (if this applies). Then start making a list of chores for everything else. Include 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 get overlooked.


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 methods to start with is to invite everyone to volunteer to do the chores they enjoy. For example, 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 may work for lighter cleaning, but any deep cleaning might be easier to tackle if everyone helps. You can distribute the task in a way that convenient for you and those who live with you, but take care to ensure that it is fair and that each person’s chores are clearly assigned.


Set Deadlines

Part of implementing an effective chore chart is to guarantee that tasks are being completed in a timely manner. Apart from assigning chores, it is essential to set deadlines for the completion of each task. Doing so will help hold each person accountable for their assigned tasks and ensure that all of the chores are being done regularly.


Follow Up

Lastly, it’s worth noting that no chore chart is perfect from the start. Preferably, collaborating on household chores is a process that will continue to evolve. That’s why it is necessary to meet regularly to tackle what’s effective and address any problems that may have arisen. Being cautious with your follow-up can help prevent arguing or bad feelings that may otherwise be triggered.

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