When you live with someone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you will often find that you don’t always see eye to eye when it comes to certain things no matter how good of friends you may be.
Although these tiffs are inevitable – and because moving out is not always a viable option – learning how to live peacefully with your roommate is necessary. Here are a few of our best tips for being a good roommate:
Do Your Part
Small tasks like doing your dishes, cleaning up your messes right away, and paying your bills on time can help avoid huge blow ups (and clean ups) down the road. Even if you are not the most tidy or organized person, that does not mean your roommate should have to clean up after you.
If paying rent on time is an issue, consider renting from a place that offers individual leases by the bedroom, not the unit, such as Level 27 Apartments in Oxford, Ohio.
Knowing each others routines and schedules can be very important. If you know that both you and your roommate need to get ready in the bathroom around the same time, or cook dinner at the same time, coming up with a compromise early on in your lease may be your best solution.
This one is simple – be nice. Everyone has their good and bad days, even the people you live with. Respect the others privacy when they need it, be aware of times you may need to be more quiet than usual, and try not to let small differences get in the way of what could be a great time spent living in your home!