Posted Oct 1, 2015
5 Best Apps for Roommate Harmony
However, here are some of the best apps for keeping your roommate relationship healthy and happy:
I’m going to confess something: I am a terrible roommate. In all of my shared living situations, I’ve been the one who left her clothes in the bathroom or forgot to clean the dishes. I can’t speak for all terrible roommates, but in my case, it was a matter of forgetfulness. It wasn’t that I didn’t care about keeping the apartment clean: I just needed a stronger reminder than the chores themselves.
This app lets you assign chores to all members of the household. Assignments can stay the same or rotate depending on what works best. Each chore has a weighted score that you collect as a household, and when you reach your goal everyone chips in for pizza or has a night out. The best part: Push notifications remind your terrible roommate to do her dishes.
“Oh shoot, I forgot” – Terrible roommates everywhere
This app is basically a video game version of your entire life. It’s based around self-improvement: You build habits by logging when you do something positive, and you get points based on how consistently you complete tasks.
However, you can use the game’s social functions to make it an apartment-wide effort. You can tackle monsters as a team, and log when you do little things like put away groceries or change the toilet paper.
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The app doesn’t even require the other person to have an account: You only need someone’s email address to send them money straight from your bank account.
Evernote is a note-taking app that allows you to access notes on any device. This means that whatever you write on your phone will show up on your computer, tablet, etc.
Since you can share notes, this is the perfect app for building shared grocery lists or sending quick messages about things happening around the apartment.
Consider HomeSlice your all-in-one roommate organizational app. It has a section for chores and bills, as well as a way to note supplies that are running low for whoever’s at the store next. It also has a community board, where members of the household can leave one another notes.
A quick bit of advice: Passive-aggression is bad for your roommate relationship, even if it isn’t on a post-it note, so talk to your roommates about issues in person.
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