But then suddenly you have roommates and you find they’re telling you what to do, sometimes you are tempted to give them instructions when they aren’t helping with your dorm room’s upkeep.
An easy solution could be: a chore chart. Getting a system in place early on will make domestic life more peaceful in the long run. Here are 4 tips for keeping a clean place in college that involve different methods of creating a chore chart.
Distribute Chores Fairly
Write down all the chores that need to get done that week. Fold them into little pieces of paper and put them into a bowl. Pass the bowl, giving each housemate a chance to pick a chore. With this system no one feels singled out to do a particular task.
Plan Things Out
You and your housemates can write up chores and each person can pick one they wouldn’t mind doing. Some people really appreciate having an assignment – it keeps things organized.
Reward Each Other
Remember when you were a kid and your parents would promise you an allowance if you mowed the lawn or washed the dishes? Incentives for chores can work on college-age kids too? Your housemates could set up a points system where more difficult chores earn more points than others. The housemate that gets stuck with the worst chore that week (like cleaning the bathroom, for instance) could get treated to dinner or a movie by the other housemates. This could actually be a fun system with roomies looking forward to a weekly treat!
Chore charts can cause some friction if someone made a big mess in a particular area and assumed they didn’t need to clean it up because that wasn’t their chore for that week. For instance, if a roommate had a dinner party and left a sink full of dirty dishes. You will have to figure out the logistics, but the rule should be that if you make a mess you should clean it up. The chore chart will definitely need some tweaking depending on how willing everyone is to cooperate. Hopefully, you can find a system that works for all of you.