Roommates 101

Living with a roommate can be a great experience that not only saves you money but also might land you a great friend. Getting along with your roommate is essential to being happy at home. Here are a few ways to make sure you’re on the ‘right’ path.

  • Sit down together over coffee and establish a short list of ground rules. Don’t get too specific – this is a give and take conversation.
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  • Be respectful when having friends over on weeknights, especially if your roommate has to wake up early. Also, don’t have your boyfriend sleep over every night of the week because if that’s the case then he might as well start paying rent.
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  • The golden rule – if you didn’t buy that box of mac & cheese then you better not add water and boil. Stick to your own food and make sure to wash up afterward because there’s nothing worse then coming home to a sink full of dirty dishes after a long day at work. 

If you notice a problem brewing, don’t sweep it under the rug until one of you blows up. Most problems can be worked through with reasonable discussion. And a shared bottle of chardonnay.