Living with roommates is a fun and cost-effective way to navigate urban life – until you have to deal with their eccentricities. For instance, does your roommate leave laundry piled up or are they neatness freaks who won’t rest until every inch of the house is clean?
It can be frustrating but there’s a way out. With open communication, understanding, and division of labor – you can resolve any conflicts that arise between your roommates and you.
Out here, we have provided a printable roommate chores chart to help avoid any pointless conflicts and ensure your roommates and you can live in harmony. If you like this, you surely want to take a look at our daily, weekly, as well as monthly chore chart templates.
What’s included in this chore chart?
The chore chart includes three rows and nine columns. The rows are divided into three parts to facilitate the division of tasks between the three roommates. There are seven columns for the days of the week.
- Make the Chart for Three People
This chore chart is particularly designed to distribute work between three roommates. The first column towards the left is divided into three parts, where you have to write down the names of the three roommates.
- Define the Tasks
The second column consists of the tasks that need to be done daily or once a week. This includes cleaning, cooking, doing the dishes, scrubbing doors and windows, vacuuming, grocery shopping, etc.
The printable chart uses symbols to define the tasks and you also have space below to add your own tasks. These are the tasks included in the chart:
- Cooking: Cooking food every alternate day and washing dishes every day.
- Laundry: Washing of Curtains, Carpets, Bedsheets, Pillow Covers, etc.
- Cleaning: Scrubbing, and Mopping of Common Areas, Kitchen, and Bathroom plus cleaning of Windows and Doors every week.
- Grocery Shopping and Purchasing Cleaning Essentials
3. Specify the Days
There are seven columns with each listing the day of the week – from Monday to Sunday. You can put a tick beside the task each roommate has to do on a specific day.
For instance, roommate 1 has to clean on Monday, cook on Tuesday, go grocery shopping on Sunday, and so on.
4. Additional Notes
We have two additional “notes” sections at the bottom of the chart to define additional tasks. This can include things like:
- Each person has to do their personal laundry and keep their space clean
- The roommates have to take turns cleaning the refrigerator weekly and removing any stale/expired items
- One person has to take out the trash and do the recycling once a week. The roommates can take turns doing this every week.
- Alternating months for each roommate to handle bills and utility payments
How to make a chore chart?
Creating a chore chart is an effective way to ensure household responsibilities are divided equally and there is no conflict between your roommates and you. Here are a few ways in which you can make a chore chart:
- Define the tasks that need to be done – cleaning the house, cooking, laundry, etc.
- Make a list of monthly, weekly, daily, and seasonal tasks
- Daily: cleaning, cooking, washing dishes.
- Weekly: cleaning the refrigerator, throwing stale leftovers, grocery shopping, recycling, taking out garbage, washing and changing the bed sheets, cleaning the kitchen thoroughly, etc.
- Monthly: stock up on household items, cleaning supplies, scrubbing doors and windows, etc.
- Rotate weekly and monthly chores among the three roommates
- Each person has to do their personal tasks such as laundry, cleaning their cupboards, etc.
A well-structured roommate chore chart will create a harmonious and organized living space. By clearly defining responsibilities, both weekly and monthly, roommates can share the burden of household tasks fairly and reduce conflicts.
However, it’s crucial to approach this arrangement with open communication and flexibility. Assign people tasks according to their strengths and ensure that the tasks are distributed evenly so that one person is not burdened by excessive work.