616shebang House Agreements Around Cleanliness and Tidiness
As a co-living house, we share significant amounts of space and common areas. As such, we have made the following agreements such that we can collectively manage these spaces in a way that makes them clean and usable for everyone.
A portion of our rent each month goes toward a general common space vacuum, bathroom and kitchen clean every other week by a paid cleaner or housemate exchanging work for rent. As housemates, we agree to keep common spaces in a general state of cleanliness and organization between professional cleanings.
1. Always assume good intent
2. Leave a place as good or better than you found it (pay it forward)
3. Never clean up after another person if you are feeling resentment
1. A clean kitchen has no dishes in the sink, no food or ingredients left out (a full drying rack is not an excuse).
2. Always clean up after yourself.
3. The person cooking/preparing a shared meal is ultimately responsible that the kitchen is clean afterwards. They are also granted power to delegate cleaning to anyone and everyone.
1. Always clean up after yourself; this includes ensuring that the toilet seat is down, drains are clear and surfaces are dry and clean of debris and disorganization after each use.
2. Be considerate of housemate schedules.
Common Spaces Agreements
1. No personal stuff left overnight or for significant time in common spaces.
2. Exceptions: (to be added if discussed and agreed on by current co-living members)
Communication / Accountability Agreements
1. We agree to communicate in a loving and kind way when we notice someone has broken an agreement, whether or not we ultimately choose to clean up;
a) if we know who has broken the agreement, we agree to communicate directly with that person and don’t call them out publicly.
b) if we don’t know who broke the agreement, we agree to communicate publicly what has occurred.
c) In keeping with our agreement to assume good intent, this communication might look something like, “I noticed dishes in the sink. I think you may have forgotten to put away your breakfast. . . .”
2. We all agree to let others hold us to account to the agreements we’ve made above.
3. We agree to hold a learning (rather than blame) stance around accountability.
1. It is the responsibility of the host to communicate the rules to their guests.
2. The host is ultimately responsible for their guests impact on the house.
3. The house agrees to communicate to the host or guests as appropriate if a guest breaks the above agreements.