Happy Holidays from Austin Housemates!

December 7th, 2014, Posted By Austin Housemates


Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we still have two huge days approaching. Celebrating Christmas and ringing in the New Year are always better spent with a crowd of our favorite people, or at least those few special someones that you only see once or twice a year. But while friends, family, and feasts are on the agenda in the coming months, don’t let accommodating all these guests in a shared living space put a damper on holiday plans. Here are a few ways you can entertain your guests in Austin during their holiday visit.

When it comes to the holidays, we’re lucky to live in Texas. Our winters are fairly temperate, meaning you can explore the city, the night life, and some of our historical landmarks here in Austin without bundling up and fighting the cold and snow. Take advantage of the warmth and avoid overcrowding in your living space by taking your guests out and about. If the weather is going to be particularly nasty, choose a venue with both indoor and outdoor accommodations – because you know the weather often changes its mind halfway through the day! And because there are a slew of events going on this holiday season, finding one to entertain everyone in your group won’t be too hard.

This Christmas, Zilker Park will be hosting its annual Trail of Lights, a mile-long walk through the park complete with hot cocoa. But if you’re looking for something a little more off the grid, check out the light show on 37th Street. These quirky and outrageous neighbors design their own light décor, making for interesting and festive displays. For the New Year, Austin’s annual New Year celebration ANY is in Barton Park on New Year’s Eve with live music, famous food trucks, and local vendors and artists selling their wares. It’s a must-see for visitors to get a showcase of local food, art, and music. And since the festivities end at 10pm, you’ll have your pick of parties downtown.

Accommodating visiting guests over the holidays should not be stressful, whether you live alone or with roommates. If you share your living space, don’t hesitate to let your holiday plans be known. If you are inviting friends and family over for dinner or to stay with you for a few days, discussing this with your roommates is very important. They live there too, and if the shared space is going to be utilized by your guests, communicating with one another can help you avoid any holiday drama. Inviting them along is a nice, friendly gesture, but just simply giving people a heads up can work wonders. They can help you cook, clean, and they may even have furniture you can borrow for that big dinner party.

How You Can Make Chores Fun

December 3rd, 2013, Posted By Austin Housemates



You may have at some point encountered resistance in getting the household chores done while living with other people. Whether it’s your own family or your Austin roommates, there’s always a bit of a challenge in getting things done that seem like a nuisance, right?


But what if it could be fun?

What if it was a game or a challenge?

What if you could win your favorite prize for just doing the simple housework that needs to be done anyway?


Enter: www.ChoreWars.com – the solution to adding some fun and friendly competition to your tedious tasks:

Chore Wars

aims to make chores fun by incorporating them with an online role-playing game designed to reward chore completion with a bit of challenging fun. You can assign characters to each member of your household, and in turn, each character receives experience points for every chore they complete.


If you’ve got a household full of willing and on-board players like any of your Austin roommates, who just need a little extra motivation to get their chores done, Chore Wars

might just be the thing for you.


At the end of the week, prizes could be awarded such as: player with the most points gets free drinks, gets to skip a week of chores, or maybe the player with the least points has to buy drinks for everyone in the house! Prizes can be anything – so get creative. Remember, this should be fun!


If the game concept doesn’t sound fun or appealing to your household, check out Chore Buster if you just need help delegating and organizing the household chores.


Chore Buster allows you to organize your chores – all for free.


The program lets you enter in the people and the chores needed to be done, specify how hard the chore is and how often it should be done, then automatically generates a fair schedule of chores to be done and emails it to you either daily or weekly. That’s it – an easy system allowing your household to stay accountable and on track with what needs to be done.


One of the hardest parts about living with other people can be dealing with each other’s different personalities and preferences on cleanliness and organization. Chore Wars and/or Chore Buster can help take the frustration out of tedious tasks and instantly make it fun and doable.


Give them a try – your household will be cleaner, and more organized in an efficient way!