What Not to Do With Your Apartment Roommate

We all want to feel comfortable in our own homes and that includes feeling comfortable around our apartment roommate.

There are plenty of perks to having a roommate. You can save some money and there’s always someone around. We all want to feel comfortable in our own homes and that includes feeling comfortable around our apartment roommate, but there are also some things you should avoid at all times. Creating clear boundaries from the get-go is important but you want to avoid a situation where either you or your apartment roommate feels awkward. This is our list of what you should try to avoid.

Leaving Post-It Notes

It may seem like a convenient way to quickly get some information across, but leaving post-it notes for an apartment roommate can come across as very passive-aggressive. Even if you hate conflict, this isn’t the way to go about something like dirty dishes being left in the sink. Most people will be okay with hearing these kinds of things out loud, or if you’re too busy even a text message will be received better. A hand-written note feels like you’re trying to avoid confrontation or dialogue and may not come across as planned.

Entering Their Room

Most of an apartment ends up being shared space. The living room, kitchen, dining areas, outdoor areas, and potentially bathrooms—all of these are spaces that you’re going to have to get used to sharing with another person. One space that isn’t shared, and you shouldn’t enter without explicit permission, is your bedroom. If you have a valid reason to enter, knock first and if they aren’t there, make sure to give them a call. It’s important that you respect their boundaries and don’t enter a space that you shouldn’t.

Using Their Stuff

Knowing what is going to be shared with a roommate is important. Paper towels and toilet paper are commonly shared amongst roommates, but groceries like fruits and veggies may not be. It’s up to you and your apartment roommate to determine what your boundaries are and what you’re willing to share. Sharing items can be a great way to cut costs but it only works if you’re all on the same page. Creating a clear understanding of what you can both use is a great way to maintain a healthy, positive relationship with your roommate that should last.

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