Many people find household cleaning jobs a real chore. And even those household members who like cleaning, or at least understand the need to, often have their hands full with other tasks.
But when it comes to sharing a property it’s one of the most important agreements you need to have in place to ensure essential cleaning jobs get done and are shared fairly.
Use our helpful guide to create a house job rota that everyone can be happy with.
Step one: Figure out what needs to be done
Before you even think about putting together a rota, you need to know what tasks need to be done in your shared property so you can identify how and when they need to be done in order to spread them fairly.
Start by arranging an agreed and convenient time for you all to get together. Then use this time to write down a realistic list of key tasks. It often helps to physically move from room to room so you can make a checklist for each space without missing anything.
During this stage, you also need to note down how often the tasks need to be done. For example, the bins might need to be taken out once a week but the kitchen surfaces probably need to be wiped down every day.
Once you’re finished with this step, you’ll have a list of tasks and the frequency at which you need to do them.
Step two: Group tasks
The next step involves grouping jobs into how often they need to be done. It’s not fair to have one housemate doing all the daily tasks while everyone else only has something to do once a week or even once a month.
When you group by frequency, you can make a fairer rota, which means everyone has allocated tasks that they need to do daily, weekly and monthly.
You also might need to consider jobs that need doing less frequent like cleaning the patio every three months or arranging to have the chimney swept once a year. Your tenancy agreement should detail the requirements for these types of tasks. If it doesn’t and you’re in doubt always check with your landlord or landlord’s agent first.
Step three: Decide who does what
This is probably the trickiest part.
It’s easy to note down what household jobs need to be done and how often but choosing someone for the job is slightly more difficult.
Start by sharing your schedules with each other. If someone works long shifts during the day, you won’t want them hoovering late at night when they’re home.
Some household jobs will lend themselves to certain lifestyles, but for the most part you’re going to have to simply give each person a handful of jobs regardless of whether they want to do them or not.
A good starting point is to specifically ask each person if there’s anything they want to do. For example, someone might enjoy hoovering or dusting, while other housemates might hate it, so it makes sense for the person who enjoys it to do it.
Make sure by the end of this process, each housemate has roughly the same amount of jobs that need to be done and at the same frequency.
You’ll probably need to give it a trial run first to see if everyone’s happy, so this initial roster doesn’t have to be set in stone. You can always switch things up after a week or month.
Step four: Creating a schedule that works for you
Now you know what needs to be done, when, and who is doing it, it’s up to you and your housemates to create a schedule that works.
You can allocate days for certain tasks to be done (particularly things with a deadline, like putting the bins out), but ideally you want to give your housemates as much free reign as possible to do their tasks. They know when they have spare time, so as long as everyone knows exactly what they need to do and by when, you can be fairly flexible with your schedule.
Putting together a household job rota might seem like a huge task, but the sooner you sit down with your housemates and go over exactly what needs to be done and when, you’ll find it’s actually fairly simple.
Just remember that it’s all about finding a schedule that works for you and your housemates. So, bear in mind that your schedule might need some tweaking every now and again to make sure everyone is and remains happy.