When I was wee, I had The Chore Chart. It was divided into Things I Had To Do, Things I Ought To Do, and Things I Could Do for Extra Money. Each category had a different monetary value and I was paid monthly for each check on the Chore Chart. It worked well until my teenage years when I lost my cohort in domesticity (she went to college, nothing too tragic...for her).
My first year of college involved a roommate. She was tidy until the advents of pot and her jock boyfriend. After that, I didn't do roommates...until I acquired a Long-term Roommate. Four things determined our division of labors:
- Knowledge of How to Complete the Task
- Physical Ability to Complete the Task
- Level of Desire to Have the Task Completed
- Fear of Result Should Other Complete the Task
Conversely, it took me months to realize that boys are to bed-making as cats are to baths. I still don't understand why, but I accepted his utter lack of #3 was increasing my #3. That roommate moved-on many years ago, leaving behind a wealth of knowledge about which tasks I have a bit of the OCD and which tasks I do without thinking.
My current roommate and I are still bickering over how kibble belongs in a bowl not strewn about the floor.