Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Living with Chores

We all know that one of the most frustrating and annoying things about co-habitating with other people can be getting all the chores done. My husband and I do pretty darn well with splitting the work fairly and getting most things done. I was reminded of our system today by this Wednesday's tip topic on Gretchen Rubin's blog The Happiness Project. I love reading this blog as I think it's full of great advice, and this post is another great collection of tips. But, it doesn't have the method that I use on it. So, here it is, for those who don't know how we do it . . .

Basically, we work on a points system. We write down all the chores on a list and assign a point value. The points come from how frequently the job gets done and how much we like/dislike it. We try to keep it to one page. Across the top of the page, we list the dates for each week. If we do something, we make a mark next to the appropriate chore, under the appropriate week. The system works because we are both a little bit competitive. Once you get enough points, you can 'cash them in' for a reward (which is whatever works for you). It also helps us to keep track of how often certain chores are getting done. Plus, you get a healthy dose of humility when you notice that your partner has done chore x 5 times more than you have.

Our system is having a few kinks right now, but it's mostly because we took a break for a while as we got settled into the new house. Plus, chores in the townhouse are a bit different than chores in our apartment, so it'll take some getting used to.


Kim said...

Just out of curiosity, what kinds of rewards do you guys have?

Jenn said...

It depends on what we feel like. Sometimes it's a special dinner, a movie/date night, a massage, stuff like that.