Privacy issues aside, we're fans of most Google services. If you have a roommate, sharing editable documents and calendars is a great way to collaborate on expenses, chores and when you're having guests over.
Household blog Apartment Therapy suggests using these Google services to keep roommate disagreements to a minimum. Here are a few of their suggestions:
- Use a spreadsheet to keep track of rent and utilities.
- Create a shared calendar for dates when bills are due and when having parties and planned overnight visitors.
- Create another spreadsheet to budget and create shopping lists for shared items like olive oil and toilet paper.
- Add your weekly/monthly chores to your calendar.
Sure you can use other programs or webapps, but the ability to share documents and calendars and the ubiquitous nature of Google makes this easier to implement.
What other ways do you use technology to keep roommate relationships sailing smoothly? Let us know in the comments.
Use Google Docs to Manage Dorm and Apartment Life [Apartment Therapy]