Re: Meal Cleaners—any good solutions for getting 'em?
From: David L. Mandel (
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2012 23:39:15 -0700 (PDT)
I don't know what you consider "established," but surely it's not totally 
random for a person or a group to decide to cook only on the day of a meal. 
Someone needs to plan and post the menu, shop, prep and serve, correct? If 
whoever does that is also responsible for cleanup, then it gets taken care of 
and also gives cooks incentive to clean as they go. It could even work with 
your system of required hours, though it would seem more consistent with the 
purpose to decide that everyone is responsible for a certain number of meals in 
a given period of time -- the larger the group cooking together, the more meals.

--- On Sat, 6/23/12, Martha Wagner <wordbizpdx [at]> wrote:

From: Martha Wagner <wordbizpdx [at]>
Subject: [C-L]_ Meal Cleaners—any good solutions for getting 'em?
To: cohousing-l [at]
Date: Saturday, June 23, 2012, 10:57 PM

Our food team would like to know how other communities have successfully dealt 
with a scarcity of after-dinner cleaners. Our kitchen does get cleaned, but 
often it's the same people who step up to clean when others don't sign up or 
cancel after signing up. Our community does not use established cooking or 
cleaning teams, and anyone can sign up for meals whether or not they cook or 
clean though we request that everyone put in one meal-related hour per month. 
Both cooks and cleaners do get participation hours and all adults pay for the 
meals they eat. We have two regular dinners most weeks. Suggestions anyone?

Martha Wagner
Columbia Ecovillage
Portland, OR

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