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You’re ready to leave home, go out on your own, and there’s a pretty good chance you’re not going to be able to afford to live on your own. So you house share right? Bring in a housemate or two, and you all cohabitate blissfully without an issue… Except well, there’s always issues. Roommates, housemates, whatever. How do you live with people who aren’t your family?
Before now, you’ve always lived with your family, right? They have come to terms with the fact it takes you over an hour to shower and dry your hair. A roommate probably won’t. Your family loves you unconditionally (or that’s the theory) and your housemate won’t. Well not at first, you might win them over. Managing that is about being respectful of their space, their stuff and their rights to the bathroom. And hoping like hell they do the same. Here are some tips to get you started.
You might have moved in with someone with a VERY different idea of what a clean kitchen looks like. The people you live with my be night owls and you’re a morning person. You’ve come from a place where you were all raised together so you’re probably similar. Those rules are out the window now. You’re going to have to accommodate people who don’t think like you.
Have a set of house rules (subscribe and download our free printable version) that everyone acknowledges. Sure it sounds SUPER wanky but when you don’t say that you expect the dishes done every night then no one knows that the expectation. And when you don’t know what’s expected of you it can be pretty easy to fail to live up to those expectations. Many a housemate has been lost to not doing the dishes. Don’t be one of them.
In our survey, the number one thing that peeved people off when sharing a house was when people didn’t do their fair share of the chores. The NUMBER ONE cause of disagreements and breakdown of relations. How do you know if you’re doing your share? Well, you implement the house rules form the last point or you (HA, told you so) or have a roster system or similar.
So good-luck out there folks, it’s a jungle out there and you are not the lion. If you’re an old hand tell me, have you got any tips for surviving the housemate/roommate situation?
Melissa is the Leave Home Blog Boss. She is living the high life in her hometown, didn’t finish her marketing degree & drinks too much on a Thursday night. Blogging since 2009, Melissa decided to put everything she knows into making The Leave Home Blog a light & easy how-to guide for being a grown up.