4 Tips for Establishing a Clean Roommate Relationship
I’m sure everyone has heard a roommate horror story once or twice; whether it’s “they never took out the trash” or “they planted a rat in my room,” we’ve all heard them. Roommate turmoil often stems from disagreements about differences in expectations. These expectations can come in many forms, but they are generally about the conditions of the apartment, house, dorm, etc. People have different ways of living and this naturally causes issues. The good news is that this nightmare doesn’t have to become real life! There are ways to avoid arguments with your roommate(s) about the cleanliness and organization of your home right from the start. Follow these tips to keep yourself from having to tell a roommate horror story!
- Make staying clean and organized easy
When everyday life gets busy, sometimes organization gets put on the backburner, so make it easy on yourself and on your roommate. Avoid unnecessary clutter that will need to be cleaned and organized. If you feel as if there is already too much clutter in your area, take some time to go through it and donate what no longer serves you. This refreshes you and your space! Additionally, it is helpful to assign every object in your space a designated spot, so when you leave your hair straightener on the coffee table, your roommate(s) never wonders what to do with it or where to put it. Make your space user friendly and life will be a lot easier!
- Set boundaries
Sharing is caring but it’s ok to have things that are off limits. If you have items that you care about a little extra, make it a personal item instead of a shared one. Nothing causes a person’s blood to boil more than seeing something that’s special to them being misused or misplaced, so let’s avoid that scenario completely. Your roommate(s) will most likely have their personal items too, so don’t be offended if something is off limits for you.
- State expectations from the start
Tell each other what you expect from the very beginning so there is no confusion or awkwardness later on. If you wait to speak up, it could cause tension and offense, so state it before it gets taken the wrong way. I promise it’ll be tougher to say something after your roommate already did the action than before. Don’t hold back about an organized kitchen or pantry!
- Participate in a roommate contract
Sounds silly right? A little bit, but it works! Some dorms and apartments require a formal roommate contract where all your needs are signed and agreed to on paper by all parties. If your living space doesn’t require this, make your own. Your need for a tidy space is justified!
Having a roommate can be fun and special, so don’t let it turn south. By following these tips from the beginning of your lease, you will lessen the possibility of aggravation and disagreements. If you feel too far in to follow these tips, Tidy Space’s Decluttering or Home Organization packages can help you get your living arrangements back into a positive groove!
Written by Content Creator Claudia Curtin