5 Tips for Living with a Roommate

Many of us that read blogs such as this one are in their developing years. That means growing up, and moving out; usually with a friend or acquaintance.

You may have had to share your bedroom with your siblings in our childhood. You may have been a pretty nice person to live with, but things are a little bit different this time around. When living with people besides family, there are some new rules that must be followed.

Keep Down the Tunes

Even if all of your friends love your aux, it's important to be considerate of the fact that others don't necessarily share your preferences. If you're ready to jam out to your favorite song or album, make sure you get into the habit of putting in headphones first. It’s okay to jam a bit when your roommate is out and about, just be curteous to your new neighbors too.

Many Hands Makes for Light Work

If you or your roommate is doing all of the heavy lifting when it comes to maintenence of your living space, some resentment is going to build up quickly. You share a room now, so its time to start picking up your side of the deal.

Help Chip in!

If your roommate is paying for all your communal items, you betcha someone is going to get a little pissy. Make an accountability jar (or mug, in this case) that everyone contributes to on a weekly or monthly basis. It basically guarantees that one person won't be shouldering all of the household costs, and also ensures that you'll actually have a consistently stocked home with cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and other shared necessities.

If They’re Running Low, Don’t Take Their Stuff

Even if your roommates are big on sharing, it's generally the better etiquette not to use up the last of someone else's food or drink, especially if it's a favorite item. I can attest to this from personal experience. It’s always a nice thing to share, but don't be that person who dashes someone's dreams of enjoying their very last ice cream bar when they get home from a hard day at work, only to find that it's gone missing. Nobody likes that guy.

Dirty Dishes!

If the house rules dictate that everyone cleans up after themselves, decide how you're going to respond if someone doesn't. Dishes in the bed are pretty darn gross, but whatever works for all of you is fair game, so long as you all agree on the terms ahead of time. If anything does come up, treat it like an adult; you agreed on these terms, and those dishes aren’t going anywhere.