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    12-28-2012, 01:09 PM
  #21
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Yup.....I've always been a neat and clean freak......unfortunately many others do not care nor understand how nice it is to have everything nice and clean.....HOWEVER in saying that, a person can spend their life cleaning and worrying about household duties and chores and miss out on the more important things in life......you are still young and I was just like you in regards to cleaning and had plenty of moments of nearly beating the room mates over the head with the broom..........don't let the cleaning spoil relationships.....

The other day I was walking through my living room and stepped on a Lego piece, you know what I did for the first time in seven years?? (my daughter is now seven, and have a son of 5) I kicked the Lego out of the way and navigated the mess of toys and went to bed.....THAT was the first time in seven years I have left toys on the living room floor overnight......yes it took my kids seven years to wear me down.......and guess what....I slept well that night!
     
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    12-28-2012, 01:12 PM
  #22
Green Broke
I think you should just come live with me...

Not only does absolutely nobody in my family have a clue how to turn the vacuum cleaner on, they WHINE about the noise when *I* am using it! Don't even get me started on how they acted the last time I cleaned all the carpets and made then stay off until they were dry. You would have thought I was torturing them, not just telling them to stay out of the living room for a few hours.
     
    12-28-2012, 01:58 PM
  #23
Trained
Haha, Delfina! Gladly, if I can bring my two cats and two horses! Lol.

Annabel, I'm glad someone else gets where I'm coming from! I don't think working something out is a big deal, and dividing three things between the three of us is pretty smooth sailing, you know?

New roommate was concerned about "the rules," but the rules are still there without a "chart." She will still be expected to pick up after herself and share the common chores. This just puts order to it.

Muppet, it's not something I stress over a lot. It's just wearing to come back after two days away to a huge mess. I stay so busy I'm not home that often anyway. I just think it would be nice to rotate.

ETA: I also grew up in a household where dishes were done by hand every night and floors were done at least three times a week. We weren't ridiculous about it, life happens, things slide and get messy, but it was clean. It may be foolish to assume that was relatively standard, but I don't think it's asking too much. Especially with three people in a tiny place traipsing around all day.
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    12-28-2012, 03:25 PM
  #24
Green Broke
I don't sweep and vacuum, 3 times a month.,, more like a year other than the kitchen. Who is the owner of the property ? Just raise the roommate rent, and consider that your fee for cleaning.
     
    12-28-2012, 04:17 PM
  #25
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
I don't sweep and vacuum, 3 times a month.,, more like a year other than the kitchen. Who is the owner of the property ? Just raise the roommate rent, and consider that your fee for cleaning.
We are all renters, no one owns anything. The amount of rent we pay is based on room size [master pays more, smallest room pays the least].
     
    12-28-2012, 04:28 PM
  #26
Green Broke
Then why do you have any say so over who does what ? Do you have any enforcement options even if you do have an agreement ?

If the first toys left out 7 years ago went in the garbage, you wouldnt still be stepping on legos. Kids leave stuff laying around specifically because you picked them up.
     
    12-28-2012, 04:38 PM
  #27
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
then why do you have any say so over who does what ? Do you have any enforcement options even if you do have an agreement ?
What on EARTH are you people getting from my posts to make you think these kinds of comments are warranted?

I'm going to be a sarcastic witch for a second, and this is not directed at anyone in particular. NO S*$T SHERLOCK THAT I CAN'T MAKE ANYONE DO ANYTHING. DUH. I'm not an idiot, so quit trying to assume that I am one. I can't make them pay the bills either, but that's never going to stop me from asking them to. I am well aware that the ONLY thing ANY person EVER has to do is die. That's it. So even though everyone with a brain is well aware of the fact that I can't literally make them do anything, I'm still going to ask and see if we can come to an agreement. No one is cleaning anyway, the WORST CASE for this rotation thing is that no one pays attention to it and no one cleans. Well guess what? That's already how it is. It can only get better.

Really, people.
     
    12-28-2012, 04:44 PM
  #28
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
then why do you have any say so over who does what ? Do you have any enforcement options even if you do have an agreement ?

If the first toys left out 7 years ago went in the garbage, you wouldnt still be stepping on legos. Kids leave stuff laying around specifically because you picked them up.
Haha after I read my post I figured it might be interpreted that way! Nope I do the trash bag thing! And it works! This particular evening I had sick kids and had just put em to bed without the usual before bed clean up.....and no kids do not leave things laying around because people specifically pick em up.....kids leave things laying around because they don't think like grown ups and don't comprehend orderliness like grown ups.......you have to teach em to tidy up.....it's like wives who do everything for their husbands, they haven't taught their husband to unstrap the couch from his butt and help out.....
     
    12-28-2012, 05:42 PM
  #29
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
I don't sweep and vacuum, 3 times a month.,, more like a year other than the kitchen.


You obviously don't live on large acreage with a lot of animals. I end up vacuuming daily if not more often and nobody is allowed to wear shoes in the house.

Ricci... plenty of room for horses and a couple kitties! Timmy would be in heaven if you brought your girls!
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    12-28-2012, 05:55 PM
  #30
Trained
Sorry, but I'm on the side of no chore list. I have 2 roommates now and we have no "cleaning schedule" or list. We are 3 different people with 3 different standards of what is considered clean. So far, after living with these two for 4 months, I am the only one who has vacuumed anything other than a personal bedroom. It doesn't bother me because it takes all of 10 minutes and I feel accomplished after.

The girl roommate cleans the kitchen more than I do, but because she prefers it clean. I admit I leave a decent mess in the living room because they tend to hang out in their bedrooms more, but eventually I clean it up on my own.

The only disagreement I've had with them was that the guy roommate cooks often and sets his spoon on the stove between stirrings and it leaves a mess, then he doesn't wipe it up or rinse off the pans in the sink, so it dries and is impossible to clean. I have snarked about it and it has improved, and his Christmas present is one of those clamps to hold his spoon above the pan.

In conclusion: My level of cleanliness was compromised. I went "Hey, this is gross. You should clean it next time, that'd be great." It took a couple of times, but problem mostly solved.
     

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