I have been a roommate for most of my life in some form or another. We all have actually. For me personally, I moved out when I was 18 years old, a month after I graduated from high school.
Ever since then I’ve lived with two different sets of people. I even had a friend move in with me while I was in high school because she had no where else to go. That turned out to be a bad experience for many reasons.
I also lived with a boyfriend for about 3 short months and that was an experience of it’s own.
Before I move in with someone, I organize a list of different things that should be expected for both of us. We each want to live in a clean environment (at least hopefully we do) and knowing what needs to be clean gives a good layout to both or all of the roommates.
Here are my 5 tips to be a better roommate:
1. Be a clean roommate.
Always clean up after yourself and clean when necessary. No one likes to pick up after others (usually). I don’t mind it every now and then, but when it happens everyday, it becomes a problem.
2. Be a quiet roommate in order to be a better roommate.
Stay quiet at night or when the other person is sleeping. This should be a given but not everyone understands this concept. I make sure not to even talk in the hallways while the persons door to their room is closed because I assume that they are sleeping.
3. Pay rent/other bills on time.
I could never live with someone who pays their bills late! Paying your bills on time is the responsible thing to do. Not only is it inconvenient for the both of us, but we both look bad to our landlord and it can affect our reputation. I’ve never had a problem with this so far and I hope it never happens.
4. Be able to stand your roommate.
For me personally, I need to have some sort of connection or chemistry with the person I live with, otherwise the tension in the house builds up. I like to have some sort of friendship going on but I know this isn’t necessary for everyone. It’s nice to be able to talk to someone that you’re living with and enjoy events/activities outside the house.
5. Be considerate.
This isn’t necessary, but whenever I am done using a particular item or I no longer want something, I’ll give it to my roommate for them to have/use. It’s better than throwing out the item and it doesn’t go to waste.
If it were up to me, I would choose to live with nobody. I do much better when I don’t have to share my space or worry about someone else not cleaning up after themselves. I enjoy the quietness and being a homebody all by myself. I could sit in my house and watch Netflix all weekend and be extremely happy about this.
What are your your tips and advice to be a better roommate?
Anything that you’ve been through with a roommate that you didn’t approve of?