Living with someone is never exactly easy. And it can be even harder when the people you live with aren’t your family.
Fortunately, we’ve got some great tips for improving your roommate-relationships overnight. These tips work both ways: They’ll certainly help you be a better roommate, but they’ll also help the people you live with be roommates for your sake.
Tip #1 – Establish shopping and food rules.
Decide right away how you’ll handle food. One option is to shop together and cut the bill in half. Other roommates might prefer to do their own shopping. Either way, establish a system, make sure it’s fair, and stick to it.
Tip #2 – Never borrow without asking.
Set a precedent for mutual respect of one another’s belongings. If you’d like to use their tennis racket, blender, or umbrella — always ask. And request that they do the same for you.
Tip #3 – Set up cleaning responsibilities as soon as possible.
Who’s going to clean what is one of the most hotly debated issues between roommates. Our suggestion? Set up responsibilities as soon as you move in together: “I’ll clean the bathroom once a week. You do the kitchen. We both do the living room.”
Tip #4 – Take care of your own messes.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to set a rule concerning each other’s “messes.” The best option? Clean up your own mess any time you make one. In other words, don’t leave dirty dishes on the counter, your wet towel on the bathroom floor, or your dirty laundry in the middle of the living room.
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