Domestic harmony is when everyone knows whose turn it is to do the dishes! Okay, that isn’t the whole story, but when people live together, it’s good to know who has responsibility for what. This month’s Use Case Spotlight is all about how people use Habitica to divide up their chores and figure out who has to do laundry and who is scrubbing the toilet.
Starting us off, shanaqui has a bitesize system set up with their wife:
First, there are some tasks that are obviously for one or the other of us, so we straight-forwardly divide those up — I clean the bathroom (I kind of enjoy that), she tidies the kitchen (she’s the cook); I tidy my office (it’s my space) and she dusts the high shelves (she’s tall). Each of us has a daily on an appropriate repeat for that. Other than that, we have tasks that recur every few days to get it done a little bit at a time — e.g. there’s a daily “ten minute tidy in the living room” which recurs every three days. It doesn’t matter whether one of us does ten minutes or both of us do five, though the very best outcome is for both of us to do ten; either way, as long as it’s done, we get to check it off. A minimum just has to get done every three days. That way, things never build up to the point where running the hoover round is insurmountable. We make it bitesize, so that there’s a little to do every day, but never a lot.
There was quite a bit of debate on the subject of checking off household chores when someone else has done them, but Rieye had a straightforward answer that circumvents the issue:
If you have to think about it, you can count it! I started putting things on my list like “Make sure laundry gets folded” because whether I do it or I have my kid do it, it is still taking my energy!
lindammarie had some wise words to add about figuring out what happens when tasks don’t get done, and supporting other members of your household:
On that note, the first thing I would say is to get everyone in the household on the same page — that EVERYONE living in one home needs to realize that EVERYONE is responsible… “Assigning” chores can be a good idea at a basic level. However, I believe there should be some discussion about what happens (and who helps) when one person does not feel able to get their “assigned” chores done.
Lastly, I think it’s important to ask our “housemates” if they need help getting something done — or better yet, suggest a time to work with them on a particular project. Most of the time tasks can be done by one person, but we all need moral support from time to time!
Do you have other ideas about how you use Habitica to share household tasks? You can join in and add your ideas in the Use Case Spotlights Guild!
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