Re: Meal Cleaners—any good solutions for getting 'em?
From: Laura Fitch (
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2012 09:05:33 -0700 (PDT)
I suggest a formal two month rotating schedule organized by one person.  In
other words, by affinity,you sign up for a dish washing slot on the first
monday of everymonth, or the second wednesday of everyother month.
 Whatever works for your time commitment and plesure - but then you stick
with that year after year unless you request a change.  Same with set up
and cooking.  If you can't be there, you personally arrnage substitute.  It
has worked for us fo r oer ten years hassle free!

Laura Fitch
pioneer. Valley coho

On Sunday, June 24, 2012, Martha Wagner wrote:

> 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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Laura Fitch, AIA, LEED-BD+C
Kraus-Fitch Architects
110 Pulpit Hill Rd.
Amherst, MA  01002
lfitch [at]

Board Member, Cohousing Association of US

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