Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Roommate chore chart
I have an awful roommate who is moving out this weekend. I've had many awful roommates, but that's another story. New roommate (moving in on the 1st) is a friend of mine, not super close but not too distant. Because I am so tired of being the only one who cleans, I'm trying to see about a chore chart. Nothing major, just "scheduling" everyone once a week to sweep, vacuum, and make sure the countertops are wiped off (three people in house, so house is cleaned roughly three days a week). There is still a great amount of cleaning up after yourself; do your dishes, don't leave a mess, take out the garbage if its full, etc.
So I ran this by the new roommate and she thinks its dumb, extreme, ridiculous, she's moving out to get freedom not more rules, etc etc. So I ask you, is this a bad idea? I just feel like it evens the field, we can avoid resentment, everyone knows what to expect from everyone else and the house will stay cleaner. What are your thoughts?
Fun facts of varying importance that you're welcome to skim or skip altogether;
~I am 23, have been out of my parents house for 3.5 years.
~Current roommate (the one staying, not leaving) is 20, her first time "on her own."
~New roommate is also 20 and this will be her first time too.
~I admittedly have a high standard of clean, but I don't think sweeping and vacuuming three days a week (maybe four; I have cats and don't mind doing it twice) is setting the bar too high. Especially since it is never (and I mean NEVER) anyone else who does it, just me.
~Current roommate has a much lower standard of clean. She doesn't leave dirty dishes in the kitchen, and is pretty good about loading/unloading the dishwasher and taking out garbage, but I don't think she has ever swept and she's only vacuumed the common area once and it was because I asked. Nice girl but kind of dirty.
~New roommate is a bit more... entitled. She has and wants nice things, a bit easily slighted (her taking offense to my suggestion, for instance) and just, well, entitled. Love the girl, she is nice and respectful. Its hard to explain.
~I have no intention of being a nazi. I won't hunt anyone down if I don't think they cleaned on their day, if they don't have time because of plans, no big deal.
~It is my intention to sit down with both girls and discuss how often we think things should be done, and make sure everyone leaves the "meeting" comfortable with what WE decide.
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
Last edited by riccil0ve; 12-28-2012 at 02:15 AM.
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