At some point in our lives, it’s likely we will live with other adults in a roommate type situation. This is actually a really good thing, as roommates help you grow as a person and living with others reveals a lot about ourselves. However, things can also get frustrating at times as everyone comes in with different expectations. The very best advice is to not take things personally, and have frequent and open communication. After that, here are 25 Rules To Follow When Living With Roommates.
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Talk about who takes showers when, and be considerate with the hot water.
Everyone enjoys a long hot shower, but if you’re both shower-before-bed-people, someone’s going to be annoyed. Then again, if one of you leaves at work for 6 am, and the other at 2 pm and you both shower before work, it might not matter. Just talk about it before someone finds themselves without hot water.
The sounds of, ahem, adult intimacy, are only enjoyable for those directly involved.
The people trying to sleep/study/read in the next room aren’t enjoying them so much. If you simply MUST sound like an adult film star, consider getting your own place (in the country).
Don't borrow things without asking. Ever.
Refill the toilet paper roll when it's out.
Don’t sit out another roll, or sit another roll on top of the holder. Take the cardboard tube out of the holder, place it in the nearest trash receptacle, and replace it with a brand new roll. If you’re old enough to sign a lease, you’re old enough to do this with unquestioning regularity. Also, if you’re down to two rolls of toilet paper or less, BUY MORE. Or at the very least tell your roommates you’re almost out.
Don't gossip or talk trash about your roommate.
Even if they’re awful, talk to THEM about it and when necessary have a neutral third party mediate disagreements. Having the person you live with find out you’ve been talking trash about them behind their back …makes home awkward.