August 6, 2010, Newsletter Issue #230: Chore List for Roommates

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Arguments over household chores are one of the most common causes of concern in a shared living situation. Roommates may argue over who is responsible for certain chores and may also argue over whether or not chores are being completed in a satisfactory manner. One of the easiest ways to avoid these arguments is to create a chore list for each of the roommates and to have the roommates cross of each chore as it is completed.


To create a chore list for roommates, it is important to make one master list of all of the necessary chores. This list can then be divided up equally in terms of number of chores as well as difficulty among the roommates. The roommates should be responsible for completing these chores for a specific time period and after this time period the roommates can trade lists so they are not always performing the same chores.


The necessary chores in a roommate situation which will depend on the type of housing unit. For example, mowing the lawn will be necessary when roommates are sharing a house but not necessary in an apartment living situation. The list below contains some of the common chores which apply to apartment living:


Cleaning the kitchenCleaning the bathroomCleaning the living roomTaking out the trashCleaning out the refrigeratorWashing blinds and windowBringing in mail

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