How to Share Chores With a Roommate

Posted on January 21st, 2019

Whether you’re living with a platonic roommate or a romantic partner, the reality is that you’re going to have to find a way to take care of chores that doesn’t leave one person feeling frustrated and overworked. From dishes piling up in the sink to a bathroom that needs scrubbing, chores can cause discord among roommates. To keep your South End luxury apartments looking their best with fewer arguments, here are some tips on sharing the chores.

First off, make sure you both share the same idea of what “clean” means. For some, it could be floors you could eat off of, while for others, it just means that there aren’tµ piles of stuff everywhere. Hopefully you agree on what means clean, but at least come to some sort of general compromise.

Once that’s done, the easiest option is to simply make up a list of chores, both daily and weekly, and maybe monthly. Create your own printout or draw up a calendar of chores on a dry-erase board or find some way of keeping the list where it’s easy to see and perhaps even check off the task. Visual reminders, particularly at the start, help create more consistent habits.

As for the chores, typical daily chores include doing the dishes and wiping down shared surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen. Depending on how you’re living together, other daily chores could include feeding and/or walking a pet, watering plants, and preparing meals.

Weekly chores to keep up with are vacuuming, mopping, sweeping, dusting, checking the dryer filter, taking out the trash, and taking out/dividing up the recycling.

Monthly chores could include dusting the blinds, cleaning the fridge, vacuuming furniture, shaking out curtains, and changing air filters if necessary.

Of course, once you have the full list of chores that your particular apartment needs, you need to divide up the list fairly. In some cases, if you’re taking care of your own food and cooking, simply make it a rule that you have to clean up after yourself after you’ve finished your meal. If you’re sharing meals, then you can always alternate cooking and cleaning chores. Figure out what seems fair to you both. If there are chores you prefer and chores you hate, see if you can divide them up that way, or consider swapping out chores every couple of weeks or every month, just to get a break and switch things up.

Finally, discuss sharing the costs of cleaning supplies. You could keep a separate jar or box where you both contribute a set amount of money each week or month for purchasing cleaning supplies or you can alternate who buys supplies. How you divide it is up to you but make sure you have a set plan so there’s no confusion.

Of course, you could also pool your money to hire professional cleaners to come in and take care of your South End luxury apartments and remove some of the stress. You’ll still need to make sure basic chores like dishes and such are managed daily, but whatever you choose to do, make sure everyone is on the same page. A clean apartment with a set agenda helps reduce stress and arguments and makes life happier and healthier for everyone.