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SPLITTING HOUSEHOLD CHORES WITH A ROOMMATE

Renting a house or apartment is a great way to assert your responsibility and enjoy your own space. However, one of the annoying things about living away from your parent’s house is the amount of housework that piles up. You may not have noticed how often you have to vacuum, mop and do the dishes that seem to pile high above the sink in no time. If you are living with someone else then it is only fair that everyone pitches in when it comes to household chores. There are several ways to successful split household chores with a roommate without treading on any toes or starting any unnecessary fights.

Roommate Chore Schedule

The easiest way to split household chores with a roommate is to set up a schedule. All you need is a large piece of paper and a pen. Sit down with your roommate and go over the various chores that need to be done on a daily, weekly, monthly and before special events, like when throwing a party. This may include doing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen, cleaning the toilet, mopping and vacuuming, taking out the trash and dusting the furniture. If you have an outdoor area you may also need to add mowing the lawn and weeding the garden to the list.

Once you have listed all the chores, you will need to allocate the different chores to your roommates. Choose days and times that suit your individual schedule. For example, perhaps you want to make Sunday your chore day but your roommate may prefer to do his on a Thursday night. It is important to split up every chore fairly. After all, it isn’t fair if one roommate is always stuck with cleaning the toilets while the other roommate has the easy task of dusting. You will want to rotate chores every day, week or month to make it as fair as possible. Set up an area where you can keep the chore schedule but it is out of the way, such as the laundry room. You may even want to include a monthly schedule so you can tick off the chores as you finish them.

Common Chore Concerns

There are some chores that are best left unshared. This includes keeping your own individual rooms clean, changing the bed linen and washing the clothes. Everyone is different when it comes to their individual space. Your roommate may be a lot neater or a lot messier than you. You may prefer to do several loads of laundry just one day a week while your roommate may want to wash her clothes every other day. It is best to each have your own individual area that you can keep as clean or as dirty as you want. Splitting the chores should apply to shared areas only.

In some instances you may get a roommate that doesn’t stick to the schedule or that does, but doesn’t do a very good job. For example, if you notice the plates are still dirty after it is his turn to wash them or you can see footprints on the tile floor even after he supposedly mopped, then you may need to sit down and talk about your concerns. It is important to keep the conversation light – do not reprimand or use a condescending tone. After all, you are not his mother.

Everyone is different when it comes to their clean-tolerance. You may be a neat freak while your roommate may enjoy living in her own filth. The key to any successful roommate relationship is to find that happy medium of sharing chores with roommates so you can enjoy your shared space and each other.

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