We all know that living in an apartment with a roommate can be difficult at times. Sometimes though you really don’t have any other options- whether you want to save money, or you couldn’t afford the place on your own. If you have decided to live with another person here are some tips to help you get through it!
Keep Important Stuff Divided
One important thing about living with another person in an apartment is figuring out what is fair game versus what is not. Examples would be food and hygiene products; these types of items belong to the person that bought them. Items such as cleaning products would be an example of something that could be shared. Be sure to sit down and talk with your new roommate about what boundaries are a good fit.
Put Things Back
This is a key rule to remember when living with a roommate in your new apartment! Even if your roommate lets you use something of theirs, it is so important to put it back. This shows that you respect their items and space. A good example would be putting the living room remote back on the coffee table instead of leaving it on the couch and letting it get sucked into the cushions. Little things like that can make living with someone much easier.
This is a great tip when doing anything in life! Living in an apartment with someone can be harder if you do not consider your roommate. Think to yourself how you would feel if your roommate did the same thing to you. This makes living with someone not only tolerable, but much simpler.
Share Public Spaces
Spaces like your bedrooms are typically considered to be private areas and depending on your apartment floorplan you might also each have a private bathroom. If you do share a bathroom deciding if the toilet paper should go over or under are things you should consider. Some great spaces to share are the kitchen, dining, living area, and patio/balconies. Sharing these spaces mean that you need to treat them like public areas; cleaning up after you cook or throwing away trash is a great way to treat the space.
Since these areas are public inviting a friend over to crash on the couch or leaving your laundry sitting in the floor are a sure way to upset your roommate and cause issues.
When sharing an apartment space with someone it is important to set clear boundaries and talk to your roommate about expectations before your move in day! Make sure that you are always communicating with your roommate to keep the energy good in the apartment. It is the little things that matter!