Living with roomies can be a blast, but dividing up chores and household responsibilities can often turn into a source of conflict. Nobody wants to live in a messy, disorganised home but figuring out who does what and when can be challenging.
Here are some tips to ensure you all live happily ever after (or at least until one of you moves out).
Communicate openly and honestly
Communication is key, especially when it comes to sharing the household responsibilities. So, sit down with your roommates, pour a drink and have a heart-to-heart about your expectations and what you’re willing to do. This way, you’ll avoid having to call in the United Nations to resolve disputes.
Create a chore chart
A chore chart can save your life (and your living room). Whether it’s a physical chart on the wall or a digital one, make sure everyone knows what they need to do and when they need to do it. No one wants to be “that roommate” who’s always leaving the dishes in the sink.
If you don’t want to spend the rest of your life cleaning the toilets, rotate chores every now and then. This way, no one gets stuck with the same unpleasant task week after week, and everyone gets a chance to shine (or at least pretend to).
Set up a cleaning schedule
Cleaning schedules are like a security blanket for your home. They help ensure everything stays neat and tidy, and no one has to guess what needs to be done. Make sure to include daily tasks and those deep-cleaning ones we all love to hate.
Use a chore app
Chore apps are like having a personal butler (without the fancy suit). They help you track who’s responsible for what, assign and schedule chores, and even send reminders. It’s like having a nagging parent, but with a friendlier tone.
Be flexible and understanding
Last but not least, be flexible and understanding. Life happens, and sometimes someone can’t do their assigned chore. Don’t flip out, just step in and help. The goal is to have a clean and organised home, not a house divided.
So, there you have it! Splitting up chores with your roommates doesn’t have to be a dreaded task. Just follow these simple steps, and soon you’ll have a home that even Martha Stewart would approve of!