The Definitive Roommate Chore List

No matter how much you love your roommates, keeping your apartment or rental house clean and organized can cause tension and stress. We can’t tell you how many users have written in complaining about roommates who leave dishes in the sink for months, never clean the bathroom, or bring in pets they neglect to care for. If you can afford to hire a weekly or monthly service to supplement your regular upkeep, all the better. But, unless you have a live-in maid, you’ll have to do some cleaning. And with roommates, cleaning means communicating.

Keep the peace and a clean house by setting up a system ahead of time! This roommate chore list includes all the daily, weekly, and monthly tasks you and your roommates should divvy up. From there, set up whatever rotating system you prefer. Many roommates choose a displayed chore wheel or chart for them all. Or, use a tool like RenterPeace to automate the rotation for you.


  • Clean and put away dishes in the sink
  • Wipe down of countertops, stove, and surfaces in the kitchen
  • Clear clutter from tables, especially common areas
  • Pet care such as cleaning the litter box or feeding the dog
  • Sweep the floors
  • Water the plants
  • Check and organize mail


  • Take out the trash and recycling
  • Vacuum and mop the floors
  • Clean the bathroom (wipe down mirror, sink, and shower; clean the toilet)
  • Dust tables, shelves, stovetop, and other flat surfaces
  • Vacuum under the couch cushions
  • Laundry


  • Clean appliances (fridge, microwave, oven)
  • Wash walls and baseboards
  • Wipe down downs and light switch plates
  • Clean out the garbage cans
  • Wipe down and dust vents
  • Divvy up household bills
  • Pay your bills
  • Sort through stuff in common areas


  • Check smoke detectors
  • Throw out old or unclaimed stuff from the cupboards, the fridge, and bathrooms


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