Re: [Fwd: Common house cleaning schedule]
From: Rob Sandelin (
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2007 14:53:12 -0700 (PDT)
There is a list of community members who are willing to do an extra shift
for pay. If that list ever runs out,(which has never happened) we would hire
a local cleaning service. They charge $18 an hour, hence the rate we choose.

Rob Sandelin
Snohomish Co, WA 

-----Original Message-----
From: Juva [mailto:juva [at]] 
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2007 9:01 AM
To: 'Cohousing-L'
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ [Fwd: Common house cleaning schedule]

Rob, who do you hire to do the cleaning when members choose not to?  Do you
"hire" other members of the community who want to make the money?  Does the
cleaning team sometimes do it and pocket the money?

Ah, Community - check it out!

-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Sandelin [mailto:floriferous [at]]
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2007 8:27 AM
To: 'Cohousing-L'
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ [Fwd: Common house cleaning schedule]

This will be an interesting example of the difference in people. Some folks
want things very clean, others will have lesser standards.  One way to look
at this is to decide tasks and frequency. For example, how often will you
wash the windows?  How about cleaning under the scullery? I would advice you
to give this ownership to a team rather than a large group process. 

At Sharingwood we have a team that decides things about the commonhouse and
every adult and child over 16 is charged $5 a month for commonhouse
cleaning. There is a commonhouse cleaning taskmaster who sets up the monthly
cleaning schedule and sets the tasks for each month, which are printed on a
list which the monthly cleaning team checks off when they do them. If you do
not want to clean the commonhouse your $5 a month is used to pay someone
else $20 an hour to do your 3 hours of annual cleaning. If you do your
cleaning, the money is refunded to you.  So basically everybody does three
hours of commonhouse cleaning a year, or pays someone else to do that for
them.  We take out the money proactively to make it easier, rather than try
to collect. 

We have had this system in place for 4 or 5 years now and it seems to be
working as the work gets done and nobody is complaining.  One thing is that
the team for the month sometimes does it all together on one day and has a
fun cleaning party, or people just come in and do three hours of tasks and
mark them off whenever. It has to be done in the second half of the month.
And the commonhouse team monitors the work, adds things to the list that
need doing, etc.

Rob Sandelin
Snohomish County, WA

Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at:

Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at:

Results generated by Tiger Technologies Web hosting using MHonArc.