Friday, March 28, 2014
If your roommate is noisy and keeps you from sleeping, studying, or just generally enjoying life, it's time for action. eHow.com helps you find a solution.
First of all, talk to your roommate. They may not realize how noisy they are being. Don't get angry, but in an even tone tell them you need more quiet. Be sure to site specific examples. That may be enough to ge them to change their ways.
Set rules for when noise is acceptable and when it is not so that all of you are agreeable. If they can't play the drums after 11pm, you can't start doing step aerobics in the living room at 5am.
Talk to the neighbors. If your roomie is being so loud it's disturbing the people who live around you, then you have extra evidence when you approach your roommate.
Try a white noise app on your phone, earplugs, or even a white noise machine to drown out your roommate's noise. Also adding rugs and drapes will help muffle sound.
If your roommate still isn't willing to change their ways, consider whether you need to find a new place to live or send them packing.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
If you have to #ShareABathroom with your roommate, you may find it is the source of lots of fights, but it doesn't have to be! With Apartment Therapy's tips, your #apartment bathroom will be a peaceful refuge.
Always talk to your roommate about when you will need to be in the bathroom. Don't wait until they're in the shower and get upset with them because you need to get in and brush your teeth before you dash out the door.
Make a schedule of who uses the bathroom when. If you can make it work that one of you showers at night and one in the morning, things will be super smooth. Otherwise, you need to have a discussion on when both of you will get ready.
As far as keeping the bathroom tidy, always clean the drain after you've taken a shower and put on a new toilet paper roll if you use the last of the old one. Buy more if you put on the last roll. Finally, schedule a weekly deep clean where both of you work together to get the bathroom in tip-top shape. But be aware that if you have a higher standard of cleanliness than your roommie, you'll probably be doing more work. Accept it and move on.
If you need to shower at a different time or for longer than usual, always let your roommate know. Also, always put all your things away after you are done using it, but be patient with your roommate if they are occasionally in a hurry and don't put away something.
Be respectful of each other and your needs, and your bathroom can be a peaceful retreat!
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Sharing clothes with your roommate can be an awesome way for both of you to double your wardrobe: as long as both of you are on the same page when it comes to the rules! Refinery 29 has some great guidelines to abide by so you can share clothes with your roommate while remaining on speaking terms.
The first rule of #SharingClothes with your roommate is to ask first! Never ever take clothes without asking, even if you think the owner will be fine with it. Better to text her before you grab that blouse rather than suffer the consequences of an argument in the future!
Be completely realistic about your figure. Sure, you and your roomie may both wear the same size, but if you have a larger chest than her, you could totally stretch out her clingy top.
Try to be equal in the amount you lend out and borrow. If you're always wearing her jewelry, let her borrow from your awesome purse collection.
Don't let your roommate borrow clothes that you are irreplaceable. Things can get ruined, through no fault of your roommate, and it's totally unfair to hold a grudge because she spilled coffee on your favorite dress.
There are even more tips over at Refinery 29, so be sure to check out the whole article!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Sharing an #apartment with a roommate and not sure how to handle guests? Check out About.com's suggestions for how to set limits on guests before they become a problem.
Give your roommate ample notice if you are going to be having guests. If a guest drops in without giving you warning, let your roommate know immediately by calling or texting them so they will know someone is there before they return home.
Show your guests what they can use and what is off limits. If your guest uses your roommate's stuff without permission, then you have to replace it and apologize to your roommate.
Have a limit for how long a guest can stay that is agreeable to your roommate as well. Make sure your visitor leaves things exactly as they found them and if they don't, clean up after them right away.
Have a rule for how often guests can visit. It can be draining for your roommate to always have guests over. After all, they didn't sign up to run a hotel!
Thursday, March 13, 2014
If you are sharing your #apartment with a roommate, you'll have to decorate your new pad together. Even if your decorating styles don't mesh perfectly, you can make a cohesive home with advice from William Paid.com. Keep in mind you can always decorate your room in your own personal style, so let the common areas be a place of compromise.
You and your roommate will need to discuss what furniture each of you is bringing to the apartment and then you'll need to put any pieces you aren't using in storage or perhaps in a sympathetic family member's garage. If the furniture doesn't match in style, utilize sofa covers, fabric and other decorations to make them look more cohesive.
Talk about color schemes and try to find out what your roommate likes in decor. Then find a way to meet in the middle and collaborate on decorating your place. Compromising will make your relationship even stronger. If you just can't agree, divvy up rooms, i.e. one of you takes the kitchen and the other takes the living room.
After you've got a sense of what you need for your place, go shopping for furnishings together. You'll get a good sense of your roommate's taste and you can show them what you like. Seeing things in person will likely spark some things you have in common. It's also a great way to get to know each other better!
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Sharing a kitchen, and especially a refrigerator, with roommates can be difficult, but it's not impossible, promise! Check out Ideal Home Garden's tips for sharing a kitchen and keep the peace in your #apartment.
First of all, provide equal room for everyone in the house to store their food. This may mean you can't buy items in bulk unless you have a palacial kitchen, but it's only fair to allow plenty of space for everyone to store their stuff. Designate shelves for each person in the cabinets and in the refrigerator. Institute a rule that if someone eats something belonging to another member of the household, they have to replace it within 24 hours.
Be generous when you have too much of something. Offer to share extra food with roommates, especially produce, which has a limited shelf life. Your roommate is likely to return the favor.
If you are relatively close to your roommate, consider going grocery shopping together. You can buy items that both of you will need and split the cost, plus you'll also know who bought something and when it was bought so you can easily determine whose turn it is to replace it when it's gone.
Put a chalkboard or whiteboard in the kitchen and use it to write down things that need to be replaced when you use them up. It's also a great way to keep track of a chore schedule and any other reminders.
If you use a dish, wash it and put it away. That way no one person is getting stuck doing the dishes and the sink doesn't start looking like a science experiment. With that, bigger chores need to be divided and shared, and a schedule needs to be made so the kitchen doesn't get disgusting.
Finally, if something has expired, throw it out! There's nothing worse than stinking up the entire kitchen with spoiled milk or worse accidentally ingesting some of the awful stuff!
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Thursday, March 6, 2014
#SharingABathroom with your roommate can be difficult. Apartment Therapy has some tips for how to handle sharing an #apartment bathroom so you don't have to fight over doing your business.
First of all, communicate with your roommate about when you need to get in the bathroom. Don't wait until they're taking a shower you deem "too long" and get angry because you're going to be late because you just need to put in your contacts or use the facilities and leave.
Schedule your use of the bathroom. If you're fortunate enough that one of you can use the bathroom at night and the other in the morning, then perfect! Otherwise, you need to discuss how you will both have time to get ready.
Some housekeeping tips: always clean the drain after you take a shower and change the toilet paper roll if it's empty. Buy more if you're out, don't always wait for your roommie to do it. Also, schedule a weekly cleaning where you both always pitch in and help. Be aware that if have a higher standard for what is clean, you'll probably be doing more work. Accept it and move on.
Let your roommate know if you have a special situation where you have to take your shower at a different time than usual or need more time to get ready for something special like a job interview or date.
Put your stuff away when you're done using it, but go easy on your roommate if they are in a hurry and don't put away their blowdryer. If it happens often, go ahead and have a discussion, but wait until you've calmed down and can be rational.
Be sure you've got something fragrancy, like matches, a candle or air freshner, for those situations where a smell diffuser is called for.
Posted by Lisa Pegues at 10:28 AM
Labels: avoid fighting with your roommate over the bathroom, bathroom etiquette for roommates, sharing a bathroom
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Having trouble #SharingARefrigerator with roommates? Does your roomie keep drinking your last Topo Chico? Check out Avalon Communities' tips for sharing a refrigerator and stop coming home to an empty fridge. Better yet, discuss issues around refrigerators before you move into your #apartment and head off conflict from the very beginning!
The easiest thing to do is to simply split the shelves of the fridge and freezer evenly and designate them for each person living in the apartment. You should also establish a rule about things that everyone will use like condiments and beverages. The best way to handle this is to make the person who finishes the item be the one to replace it. Hopefully this will result in a pretty even split.
Avoid writing your name on everything in the refrigerator because this will make you look possessive and childish. But if you choose just a few important items to mark as yours, your roommates will be much more likely to steer clear of those special foods.
Set a schedule for who cleans the fridge when. If a shared refrigerator isn't cleaned regularly, it can become downright disgusting. The best way to avoid this sorry state is to have everyone split the cost of supplies and set up a schedule where a different person cleans it on a weekly basis, and then stick to it. To prevent the fridge from becoming gross sooner, make sure any spills are cleaned up immediately.