There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home.

  —Rosalynn Carter


Think about how you and your roommate want to divide up the cleaning. Some tasks that you might want to split up are:

  1. Sweeping and mopping the floors
  2. Vacuuming the carpet
  3. Dusting
  4. Washing dishes
  5. Cleaning the bathroom and kitchen
  6. Regularly emptying trash and recycling

Tips on keeping your living situation clean

  • Clarify house maintenance expectations with your landlord e.g.: yard upkeep, plumbing, etc.
  • Determine how to keep each other accountable.
  • Keep a chore chart to designate certain chores to you and your roommates and alternate every week, every two weeks, or every month.
  • If you notice a funny smell, investigate! It could be something rotting in your fridge or maybe something more serious.

Why is cleaning important?

  • Respects your and your roommate’s space
  • Increases the likelihood of the return of your security deposit
  • Maintains a positive relationship between you and the landlord or property management company (good referrals for future housing!)
  • Limits the spread of disease
  • Saves you, your roommates, and/or landlord or property management company money on repair bills 

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