Although it would be nice to have a place all to yourself, your first days away from home or at college often necessitate having roommates. It allows you to split the costs of rent, have some company, and make new friends.
Plenty of horror stories about terrible roommates are available online to find. You can find ways to live in peace together by implementing these tips.
Tip #1: Get Some Ground Rules
It helps to have a conversation about each person’s living habits when you live in an apartment with roommates. Most people have some items that are entirely off-limits. You might also want to have a heads-up if someone is spending the night at your place. When you can take the time to be aware of the needs of each other, home will be a fun place to live.
Tip #2: Track Expenses
The excuse of losing a purse or wallet might have worked 20 years ago, but this is 2020. You can download apps like Venmo or Splitwise to split the apartment bills instantly. This option will cover your responsibilities if you’re the only one paying your share of the rent or utilities.
Tip #3: Create a Calendar
Roommates don’t always share a similar schedule. You might work early in the morning and they might come home late at night. As you get to know the routines of one another, it will be easier to be respectful of your habits.
Tip #4: Avoid Leaving Notes
Roommates who leave notes about the problems that happen in an apartment cause a lot of needless frustration. Seeing a Post-It note on an empty toilet paper tube that says you’re out of TP is a good way to create irritation. Try to talk with each other about the needs you have at home instead. Leave the notes for positive things, like when you made two sandwiches and your roomie can have one of them.
Tip #5: Establish Personal Boundaries
People know when someone takes their toothpaste, groceries, or personal items. If you don’t set clear boundaries and expectations at the beginning of your relationship, then it gets easier to justify the behavior.
Tip #6: Create a Chore Chart
This option doesn’t work for every set of roommates, but it is a way to outline which person has the cleaning responsibilities for the day or week. Taking the time to map out household responsibilities will reduce the risk of having one person always doing the work in the apartment to keep it spotless.
Tip #7: Have at Least One Roommate Day
Roommates share an apartment, but they don’t always become part of your life. Structure some time into your schedule so that you can hang out together at least one day per month. You never know – the two (or more) of you might become pretty good friends!
Although you can’t predict the behavior or choices of your roommate, you can follow these tips to set up some ground rules for your relationship. If everyone can respect these ideas, then you can have a fun and peaceful place to live.