The Functional Requirements for a Cleaning Rota Management System for a Household

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The Functional Requirements for a Cleaning Rota Management System for a Household
A cleaning rota system assigns housework to everyone in a household. (Washing Up image by travesty from

The secret to a clean house is organisation. Families and roommates can successfully tackle laundry, cooking and scrubbing by building a housekeeping strategy and dividing the workload. Many businesses adopt a rota system that defines and assigns routine tasks to staff. Similar techniques are effective at home. The functional requirements for a cleaning rota system for a household include listing all chores and setting timetables for completion. One caveat to using a rota system is that everyone has to help.

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Assign major tasks to specific days of the week. For example, finish major laundry such as clothing, sheets and towels on the same day every week. Include ironing and mending on your designated laundry day. Set a goal to vacuum and mop all floors on the same day every week. Also assign a particular day for deep cleaning your entire bathroom and heavy-duty kitchen scrubbing. Next, list housework that requires attention every day, not just once a week. This includes a quick wipe of bathroom fixtures, the kitchen hob and counters. Expect every household member to spend 10 minutes every day putting his things away; keep pace with a timer.


Businesses rely on special rota software that delegates tasks to employees, calculates labour costs and oversees payroll budgets. Families use similar but simplified techniques such as a weekly housework matrix that itemises each day of the week, every job that must be performed and the person who owns that chore. Or use coloured index cards for each day of the week so that all household members can see what must be completed that day and who is responsible. A typical day includes at least one major chore -- such as laundry, cooking or top-to-bottom bathroom scouring -- plus minor assignments that might include a surface cleaning of the kitchen or living room dusting. Each person checks off her responsibilities when she completes her work.


Divide the duties among household members so that each person is expected to roll up his sleeves and pitch in every day. Children are no exception, including toddlers. A preschooler can fold small towels, pour pet food into a dish or match socks. Grade-school children are capable of setting tables, putting away clean dishes and folding fresh laundry by colour. Assign older children to change bedding, clean the refrigerator and prepare meals. Kids often require coaching, but this time spent with them is a way of grooming them so they can take on more housekeeping responsibilities as they mature. Hold everyone accountable with daily inspections to prevent family members -- especially youngsters -- from straying from their daily schedules.

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