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3 Ways to Organize Sharehouse Cleaning Jobs

3 Ways to Organize Sharehouse Cleaning Jobs

When you are sharing a house the hardest thing to do is get the place clean and tidy on a regular basis. Many systems have been put in place to make sure each person does their part, but not many last.

The key, I think, is to find a solution that suits the personalities of your housemates. So in regards to household chores, here is a list that might help.

3 Ways to Organize Sharehouse Cleaning Jobs

    1.

    Method: Bit By Bit

    Personality: The more productive, yet messy individual.

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    This method requires the most amount of initiative, where a mess is made it is cleaned up immediately. If a dish is used, it is cleaned and packed away.

    Although this works best for the smaller jobs around the house, bigger chores like cleaning the shower etc may require separate method.

    2.

    Method: A Job For Each Person

    Personality: Organized and job orientated people.

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    Here we have the house split to carry out different jobs. This method works well with Method #1 to ensure those bigger jobs that don’t need to be carried out every day get done.

    Creating a list of these kinds of chores and running a rotating roster for each job works best. Choose days that fit to each individual’s schedule.

    3.

    Method: Once A Week Free For All

    Personality: Party-goers who are busy during the week.

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    Sometimes it is just impractical to get some jobs done during the week. People have full-time jobs and have no energy to carry out chores when they get home. Once more, when there is some free time, ie. Friday night, it will result in headaches and hangovers.

    Generally on a Saturday afternoon, the house will want to relax and veg out. This method requires the house to come together and clean up the place in their post-party stupors. The reason this works is because while conversation is low, a steady cleaning pace can be carried out.

    The benefit being when things are done, all housemates can relax without the guilt of having done nothing the entire day. The right to veg has been earned.

    Putting Them Together

    For these methods to really ‘shine’, it is best to include all three in your household’s cleaning regimen.

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    Method #1 keeps problem areas from being neglected and building up to daunting proportions – most notably dishes.

    Method #2 ensures the less liked chores get done. Keeping the load spread by rotating responsibilities for each keeps everyone happy.

    Method #3 can be the backup. Although some houses can run entirely using this manner of shared cleaning, relying on all the duties being done during this time can be troublesome. Use it to keep everything in sorted that gets put out of order during the week, or the night before.

    Insisting that everyone get things done the way you do can cause problems. Accommodating everyone’s different lifestyles and ways of working will make sure the jobs are done without too much resistance.

    Otherwise, you could always resort to Method #4, which is chipping in $10-15 each week to hire a cleaner. Any other simple methods keeping your shared space tidy?

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    Last Updated on May 12, 2020

    8 Steps to Continuous Self Motivation Even During the Difficult Times

    8 Steps to Continuous Self Motivation Even During the Difficult Times

    Many of us find ourselves in motivational slumps that we have to work to get out of. Sometimes it’s like a continuous cycle where we are motivated for a period of time, fall out and then have to build things back up again.

    There is nothing more powerful for self-motivation than the right attitude. You can’t choose or control your circumstance, but you can choose your attitude towards your circumstances.

    How I see this working is while you’re developing these mental steps, and utilizing them regularly, self-motivation will come naturally when you need it.

    The key, for me, is hitting the final step to Share With Others. It can be somewhat addictive and self-motivating when you help others who are having trouble.

    A good way to have self motivation continuously is to implement something like these 8 steps from Ian McKenzie.[1] I enjoyed Ian’s article but thought it could use some definition when it comes to trying to build a continuous drive of motivation. Here is a new list on how to self motivate:

    1. Start Simple

    Keep motivators around your work area – things that give you that initial spark to get going.

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    These motivators will be the Triggers that remind you to get going.

    2. Keep Good Company

    Make more regular encounters with positive and motivated people. This could be as simple as IM chats with peers or a quick discussion with a friend who likes sharing ideas.

    Positive and motivated people are very different from the negative ones. They will help you grow and see opportunities during tough times.

    Here’re more reasons why you should avoid negative people: 10 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Negative People

    3. Keep Learning

    Read and try to take in everything you can. The more you learn, the more confident you become in starting projects.

    You can train yourself to crave lifelong learning with these tips: How to Develop a Lifelong Learning Habit

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    4. See the Good in Bad

    When encountering obstacles or challenging goals, you want to be in the habit of finding what works to get over them.

    Here are 10 tips to make positive thinking easy.

    5. Stop Thinking

    Just do. If you find motivation for a particular project lacking, try getting started on something else. Something trivial even, then you’ll develop the momentum to begin the more important stuff.

    When you’re thinking and worrying about it too much, you’re just wasting time. These tried worry busting techniques can help you.

    6. Know Yourself

    Keep notes on when your motivation sucks and when you feel like a superstar. There will be a pattern that, once you are aware of, you can work around and develop.

    Read for yourself how the magic of marking down your mood works.

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    7. Track Your Progress

    Keep a tally or a progress bar for ongoing projects. When you see something growing, you will always want to nurture it.

    Take a look at these 4 simple ways to track your progress so you have motivation to achieve your goals.

    8. Help Others

    Share your ideas and help friends get motivated. Seeing others do well will motivate you to do the same. Write about your success and get feedback from readers.

    Helping others actually helps yourself, here’s why.

    What I would hope happens here is you will gradually develop certain skills that become motivational habits.

    Once you get to the stage where you are regularly helping others keep motivated – be it with a blog or talking with peers – you’ll find the cycle continuing where each facet of staying motivated is refined and developed.

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    Too Many Steps?

    If you could only take one step? Just do it!

    Once you get started on something, you’ll almost always just get into it and keep going. There will be times when you have to do things you really don’t want to: that’s where the other steps and tips from other writers come in handy.

    However, the most important thing, that I think is worth repeating, is to just get started.

    Get that momentum going and then when you need to, take Ian’s Step 7 and Take A Break. No one wants to work all the time!

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    Reference

    [1] Ian McKenzie: 8 mental steps to self-motivation

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