Whether you live in a studio apartment or a two-bedroom, alone or with roommates, you’ve probably found that there are a lot of chores that need to get done in order to keep the place looking presentable. If you’re living with roommates, you most likely want to figure out a way to divide up all the work as equally as possible. If you live alone, you’re probably trying to avoid getting overwhelmed or spending all day doing chores. Here are some tips on creating (and sticking) to a schedule for housekeeping.
Create a list of all the regular chores that will need to get done. This will be your master list, and it will include things like cleaning out the fridge, going through the counter, sweeping, or vacuuming. The list might seem kind of long, but don’t get overwhelmed. You don’t need to do all these tasks in one day.
Figure out on which days these chores will get done and who will be doing them. If you live alone, the “who” will be easy to answer. With roommates, get everyone together and split up the chores as evenly as possible. Hopefully people’s preferences match each other, but that might not always be the case.
Either way, try to organize the schedule as evenly as possible. You can distribute the chores in such a way that you only do one or two things a day.
Write all of these out in an understandable format and place the list somewhere visible. Maybe this is the fridge or a corkboard you all share. Either way, it’s important to make sure that list is easy to find. That way, the list itself is a reminder of whether or not you have a specific task that day.
With roommates, it’s important to have an understanding about some of the smaller or more frequent tasks. These are things like taking out the trash or washing dishes. These need to be done more frequently but don’t necessarily take up a lot of time or energy. Personally, I think it’s probably best if each person washes their own dishes, but maybe you decide it’s a different person’s job each day. Whatever the case, make sure you have a system you’ve all agreed upon.
Another roommate tip: It might help to have a designated laundry day if you have your own machines. If you live with three or more other people especially, it might be best to split up laundry days in order to avoid any conflict or timing issues. Maybe you all have different days off or days that you get home earlier than everyone else. Days where you have more free time would be a good day to throw in some laundry.
I hope you found a couple of these tips helpful and that you can apply them to your own life. Having a set schedule will help you remember to get things done and will be a good way to keep you from feeling like you’ve forgotten something. Keep this in mind as you end up accumulating more tasks and responsibilities.