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How to Stay Sane While Living with Roommates ...

By Heather

Living with roommates is effing hard. I lived with a roommate once and I swore I'd never, ever do it again. It is a GREAT way to save money though and if you need to have roommates, don't worry, I've got the best survival kit out there for you! So, take a look below on how to stay sane while living with other people.

Table of contents:

  1. Tune them out completely
  2. Kill 'em with kindness
  3. Set up 'quiet hours'
  4. Chore wheel
  5. Try splitting the groceries, cooking and meals
  6. Google spreadsheet for bills
  7. Establish limits
  8. Communicate any plans for public spaces
  9. Shower schedule
  10. Don't get ocd about cleaning
  11. Discuss your finances
  12. Respect each other
  13. Give each other space
  14. Stay busy
  15. Talk about any issues asap
  16. Don't bring up stuff when you are pissed
  17. Don't be passive aggressive
  18. Texting is fine for little fights …
  19. … big fights should be in person

1 Tune Them out Completely

Headphones were invented for a reason.

2 Kill 'em with Kindness

Seriously, just slay them with all kinds of kindness.

3 Set up 'quiet Hours'

This would be great if it worked right?

4 Chore Wheel

Work out chores that you actually need done, anything extra – you might be on your own. For example, if you like the floors swept a certain way, you need to take that chore.

5 Try Splitting the Groceries, Cooking and Meals

This so, so works! Making sure that you split up everything saves money for everyone.

6 Google Spreadsheet for Bills

I do this with my wife and it makes it really clear what is due and when.

7 Establish Limits

Lots and lots of limits.

8 Communicate Any Plans for Public Spaces

If you are planning on having a party, make sure that you communicate it to your roommate.

9 Shower Schedule

ESPECIALLY if you have one bathroom, this is a must.

10 Don't Get OCD about Cleaning

Yes, have a chore sheet but don't get OCD about it.

11 Discuss Your Finances

You'll need to know each other's finances if you are going to live together.

12 Respect Each Other

You've got to make sure that you both respect one another.

13 Give Each Other Space

Seriously. Space is a must.

14 Stay Busy

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The busier you are, the more you don't have to be at home.

15 Talk about Any Issues ASAP

Do NOT just let issues go - you need to talk about them.

16 Don't Bring up Stuff when You Are Pissed

I know when I'm mad, I blow things up quite a bit – don't do that with your roommate.

17 Don't Be Passive Aggressive

Also, being passive aggressive doesn't work.

18 Texting is Fine for Little Fights …

TRUST ME – texting you need to poo or that their shampoo smell is pissing you off is one thing, but save the other annoyances for in person.

19 … Big Fights Should Be in Person

Seriously, you don't need to get into a text war or a Twitter war. Do it in person.

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