Just like you can’t choose your family, more often than not, you can’t always choose your roomies either. Regardless, you have little choice other than to learn how to live with them!
In an effort to help make the adaption process easier, and to save you from any unnecessary screaming matches over the dirty dishes in the sink, here are some of our top tips for sharing your space considerately.
Aside from taking turns doing the dishes and organising / cleaning the cupboards, you might also want to consider creating a cooking schedule.
If one of you happens to be an epic cook, perhaps the other one can be solely in charge of something else regarding the upkeep of the digz, relieving the appointed ‘chef’ of one of his / her other duties, such as grocery shopping or vacuuming. Communicate and find out what works best for both of you.
Cleaning up after yourself goes without saying. However, it is also important to be considerate when it comes to the amount of time you spend in the bathroom when sharing it with a roommate, especially in the early mornings when you both have important lectures to get to.
Investing in a timer, or simply using the one on your cell phone, will help to keep arguments at bay and anxiety levels low.
The Living Room
If you’re lucky, you’ll be paired with a roommate who enjoys the same TV shows and movies as you do. However, life is rarely that kind. If you’re a Game of Thrones addict and your roomie can’t get enough of rom-coms, you’ll have to work out a fair TV schedule that you both agree on.
Having said that, also try to find common ground somewhere. After all, binge watching a show or a few movies together every now and then can be a great way in which to bond and get to know each other.
The Bottom Line
As with most things in life, communication is key. Also remember to share the chores out equally between one another and ensure that you stick to your word in terms of actually doing them! The secret is cleaning and tidying as you go, rather than leaving everything for ‘later’. After all, washing a couple of dishes after every meal is far easier than trying to tackle a stack of them resembling the leaning tower of Pisa a few days later!