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Let's Keep It Clean!

Living with a lodger can sometimes lead to tensions over differing cleanliness standards. However, maintaining a clean and tidy home while sharing space is entirely achievable with some proactive measures. Here are some practical tips to help prevent cleanliness issues as having a lodger should mean that you have to sacrifice a clean and tidy home nor should you have to tidy up after them.


 

SET THE GROUND RULES

Establish Clear Expectations: Right from the beginning, have an open discussion about cleanliness expectations. Since everyone has their own standards, it's crucial to communicate yours clearly. Address how you envision shared spaces to be maintained, as this upfront conversation can prevent misunderstandings later on.


CREATE A CLEANING SCHEDULE 

Collaborate on a cleaning schedule that outlines responsibilities for both parties. From larger tasks like vacuuming and dusting to smaller chores such as dishwashing and taking out the bins, having a shared plan ensures fairness and prevents one person from feeling burdened with all the cleaning duties. If your lodger has their own bathroom, assigning sole responsibility for its upkeep can also be part of the arrangement. 


ADDRESS CONCERNS PROMPTLY 

If you notice cleanliness issues arising, address them promptly and openly before they escalate. Approach the conversation with a willingness to listen to your lodger's perspective and be open to finding solutions together.


SUPPLY CLEANING PRODUCTS

Make sure essential cleaning supplies like disinfectants, sponges, and bin bags are easily accessible and communicate their whereabouts from the start. Having everything readily available encourages both parties to participate in maintaining cleanliness.


 

By implementing these suggestions and prioritizing open communication, you can foster a collaborative approach to cleanliness and create a living environment that suits both you and your lodger.


Happy cleaning!


Alexandra


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#househarmony 




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