Staying in an apartment offers many advantages. However, finding a roommate is equally challenging. It is because you need someone trustworthy, and you must get along with them. Choosing the same gender is preferred mostly, but opposite-sex roommates also make great friends.
But setting a few rules is a must with an opposite-gender roommate to ascertain harmony..
Avoid romance. It will result in a messy life. Keeping things neutral and platonic is helpful to stay in a peaceful apartment environment. A stirring romantic relationship assures a drama-free apartment.
It is essential for any apartment living to set boundaries, same or opposite gender. Sharing space does not mean your roommate walks around in minimal clothes within the apartment. Both, roaming in a towel or boxers, should not be permitted. Establish acceptable boundaries to stay comfortably. Be cognizant of respecting privacy, opening and knocking on doors.
Be upfront about relationships.
Staying with an opposite-gender roommate does not mean you have to date each other. It is best to be upfront about this relationship. Also, ensure the roommate’s outside partner is comfortable with her sharing apartment living. Even if you are both not into any relationship, it is best to clear the air before moving in. It is good to be upfront than having later a difficult conversation.
Let your roomie understand before moving in if you have any sort of problem. Keep clear communication to address problems and ensure an equal voice in the apartment. Follow the rules set and apply them to all the roommate situations. Be honest, open, and clear to your roommate, whatever is the sex, about you and your expectations.
Discuss guest rules
Lay ground rules about guests. Establish an open-door policy as to when one can have or entertain guests and the time they can stay. Also, let each other know beforehand about the guest’s arrival. Set specific rules so that you are not disturbed when you plan to sleep early and enjoy a quiet night.
Discussion on cleaning and maintaining an apartment should be done clearly before moving in. Living with the opposite gender includes setting cleaning habits. Divide specific chores rather than sticking to norms such as men clearing trash and women clearing dishes. It is good to have a conversation on the cleaning expectations. It will ensure no complaints if you decide on weekly cleaning of the chores and personal cleaning handling regularly.