A dear friend asked how we do our chores, recently. I wanted to share our process!
The house I’m at now, which I’m likely to be moving in to, does not have an established system of chores, and it’s been causing folks some stress. Having noticed that the Academy manages it’s absurd number of residents with a quiet grace, I was wondering if you had a document or template you use that I could learn from. If there is such a resource, could you send it my way? I’d really appreciate it.
Yeah, buddy. We’ve learned a lot about chores.
When you’re living in a communal house where there are any shared finances that need to be tracked, I think it’s absolutely essential that you use Splitwise.
Benefits of Splitwise:
It doesn’t actually deal with the exchange of money (although they just added a PayPal feature), it just tracks the debt. Our house uses our local credit union to transfer money, and for the people who don’t have an account at that credit union, we settle through PayPal.
I love it. I couldn’t live without it. And as far as I know, there’s nothing else out there at all like it.
When trying to develop norms and chores to keep a space clean, individual responsibility is important but not sufficient. You also need communal responsibility for the cleaning because some people will always completely forget that they caused a mess.
For example, if dishes aren’t being cleaned and are taking up space, and you keep finding new ways to get individuals to do their dishes (do them before you leave, have someone remind the whole house to do dishes that are theres, put your dishes in a space with your name so you can claim them, etc) the dishes will never all be done because someone will forget a dish was their dish in the first place. So you have to add communal cleaning efforts such as: clean one extra dish each time you wash your own, someone has a “dish night” where they clean all orphaned dishes, etc. this communal responsibility allows you to get closer to 100% cleanliness.
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It’s easier to be motivated and accountable and energized to do a chore when you have a buddy to do it with. This is especially true is the chore is supposed to happen on a certain day each week.
Community doesn’t just happen. Community is the very act of actively engaging with others, and that engagement requires conscious effort.
Well I never thought I would rise up from this cushy couch long enough to see this day. The Villard House has finally graduated from a upstart street trying to find a name for itself throughout this middling earthen town of Eugene, and is now occupying its totally righteous place as The (Communability) Academy! Quite truly epically and stupendously excited stuff if I do darest to sustainably say. The Academy currently already has its first 10 full time members and one alumnus member.
Well I bet now you are wishing you had enrolled at our little shindig of former streethouse named Villire, however there is still a chance! Anytime the sun, stars, or moon are out or the sky is covered by clouds then the Academy has a spot for you! We accept many of forms of payment and credit including, but not limited to, hugs, potluck dinners, games, stories, occasional laughs, movement builders, and anyone who has ever been called by that most celebrated of names of “you!”
So come on down and make a splash in our rain barrel! You may even have as good a time as when my friend Jed and I had to force ourselves not to roll over laughing as the esteemed Dr. made a horrible pun about freeze ray reactors and literal peace. Hilarious…Right, well now back to the business of Communability which means you better get over to the Academy quick because we’ve got this incredible community to build! The Communability Academy Exmobilius togethilius
Do you know the meaning of Academians? Its root word translates to “A member in the house of my friends.” Many Academians lived in the hills similar to the one pictured below.
These dwellers believed that by living in communal dwellings with 8-10 people would allow them to absorb their collective knowledge and that of the natural world around them. The Academianic Initiation Ceremony often centers on their celebrated Academian Nuts, which symbolize the greatness of the world and all of its living and non-living inhabitants.
Now you know the history of Academians! Occasionally you can hear whispers that in some special corners of the globe, some communities still perform that most mysterious of ceremonies.
our dinner parties put your dinner parties to shame.