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How to Split Chores

Wednesday, 02 August 2017

Things can get awkward in a roommate situation really quickly when everyone has different definitions of 'clean'. Make sure to have these conversations early on to avoid problems down the road! Full Article: http://blog.udr.com/tips-for-splitting-chores-with-roommates/

 

1. Define what “clean” really is.

Remember that just because you like perfect lines when vacuuming doesn’t mean your roommate feels that they are necessary. Maybe their idea of clean is stacking the dishes in the sink neatly instead of loading them in the dishwasher. Discuss what clean means to each of you, and come to a compromise. Setting realistic expectations early on can help reduce conflicts down the road.

2. Determine what the household chores are.

First create a list of chores.

  • Clean the kitchen
  • Sweep/vacuum the floors
  • Dust
  • Scrub the toilets, showers, bathtubs and sinks
  • Running the dishwasher/emptying the dishwasher
  • Clean the fridge
  • Take out trash

Then, ask questions like: What needs to be done daily, weekly, monthly? How will you split the light cleaning (vacuuming, dishes) and the deep cleaning (refrigerator, windows)? If it works better, rotate the chores every month. This way, you won’t get stuck with scrubbing the bathtub for the entire length of your lease.

3. Take turns buying supplies.

Divide the cost of supplies evenly among you and your roommate. Supplies can include trash bags, all-purpose cleaners and dishwasher detergent. Discuss how much each roommate is willing to spend on cleaning supplies to make sure you both can afford it.

4. Figure out how to hold each other accountable.

A chore schedule (as childish as it may seem) is a visible reminder of whose turn it is to clean, and can be a good way to passively enforce the schedule. There are also apps like Chorma that lets you assign chores to all members of the household.

5. Check in and communicate.

Call out problems as you see them, or schedule meetings so you can talk about what’s working and not working before they become a big deal.

 

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Tips for a Summer Move

Friday, 28 July 2017

Are you moving this summer? It is going to be HOT, and tensions can easily rise during a summer move. Use these helpful tips to make your move nice and sunny Cool Full article at: http://blog.udr.com/tips-for-a-summer-move/

 

Plan Ahead

Whether you are hiring a full-service moving company or renting a truck for a DIY move, make your reservations as far in advance as possible. Weekends fill up fast—and tend to be more expensive than weekdays—so consider taking a few days off work and moving midweek if possible.

Pack Strategically

The temperature inside the back of a moving truck can get upwards of 140°F on a summer day. Even if it’s parked in the shade, it will get hot enough in the back of a moving truck to melt candles and warp plastic. That vintage vinyl collection you’re so proud of? It’ll melt faster than crayons in a dryer. Pack a separate box for vulnerable items and keep it in an air-conditioned vehicle to prevent damage. Similarly, leather furniture will sweat and stain if it’s wrapped in plastic. Instead, use a moving blanket to protect it from dings and scratches.

Stay Hydrated

Moving is essentially like an extended CrossFit workout. And you wouldn’t hit the box to complete the Murph or any other WOD without a water bottle. Make sure the fridge at both your old and new place is stocked with bottled water, or fill a cooler if the fridge is going in the back of the moving truck. It is important that everyone stays hydrated and energized throughout a summer move.

Keep Your Cool

The doors to both your old place and your new place will be open nonstop. While it may be tempting to crank up the AC, it may not be as effective as opening windows for cross ventilation and using fans to keep movers cool. Cooling towels can also prevent movers from overheating.

Board Your Pets

Make arrangements ahead of time to take your canine companion or feline friend to a day spa or kennel on moving day. You don’t want risk injuries with them underfoot, or worry about them escaping through an open door.

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