I have recently moved into a large house that is shared with several other people. Usually, there are 6-8 people living here at any given time (plus a family in the basement suite but it's separate). I would like to establish an agreement with my roommates relating to shared expenses, mainly for cleaning supplies.
Any advice on how to divide the responsibility? Problems I've had in the past are "I don't use the kitchen often" or "I have my own toilet paper" etc.
The people are a variety of ages. Some are in school and have a tight budget.
The fairest system I've heard of is - whenever something shared or for the household is needed anyone buys it, puts the receipt in the jar with their name on it, and at the end of each month the cost for the receipts in the jar are divided up evenly and the purchaser is reimbursed.
I thought about one person being responsible for everything each month but I don't think this works as it wouldn't be accommodating if someone new moves in.
Any other suggestions? Specific things I would like to share the cost of are
- paper towels for the kitchen
- dish soap
- dishwasher soap
- toilet paper for the bathroom
- hand soap for bathroom and kitchen
- laundry soap
I really think this would be beneficial as it doesn't make sense for each person to have their own soap crowded around the kitchen sink.