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.
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
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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