Having a roommate can be fun and also frustrating. We all require our own space at times and having someone around you that doesn’t understand how valuable having respect for each other’s space is can make your rooming life miserable. Don’t worry hopefully it’s not forever, but in the meantime, I can definitely give you organizational tips for living with roommates.
Tips for Living with Roommates
Venmo or Cash App
Now, when living with a roommate you have to come to some consensus as to how the rent and utilities will be paid. Depending on your agreement, having Venmo or Cash App is perfect to send money to your roommate. It’s easy, free, and efficient. There were times when my roommate and I would go out to eat or she would purchase something for me on the way home from work. Having Venom made it easier for us to transfer cash to each other.
Storage Bins and Containers
Storage Bins and Containers are essentials you must have. Organizing is a number one priority. You don’t want to have your space jumbled and not being able to differentiate and find personal items.
Storage Containers are also great because you will be able to store leftovers without putting the whole entire pot or pan in the refrigerator. This is annoying and hinders the next person from being able to use pots and pans when cooking their meals.
Another organizational tip for living with roommates is understanding boundaries. One way to do this is by dividing your space, depending on your living arrangements. If you can’t get along get a divider, if you have personal space around the house get a divider. There are so many reasons why some people choose to put up dividers, It’s your choice.
Let’s not forget the fridge and cupboards. There are many ways to establish your own individual space. This also depends on your apartment setup. Dividing your kitchen space is a great way to get organized.
Organizing and Labeling Food Items: Assuming that you guys have extra storage boxes, bins, or containers. Using labels will be perfect in identifying personal storage items. Not only does labeling works perfectly for storage boxes, but it does work perfectly for fridge storage containers. This way you won’t gobble down your roommate’s food thinking it’s yours.
This is a pet peeve of mine. A dysfunctional bathroom and kitchen drive me crazy. Having a big enough shower caddy is a great way to store each person’s item. Depending on how many people living in the household and sharing the bathroom, you might want to opt for a storage rack.
Having a vanity with cupboards will help alleviate clutter in the bathroom. Especially for female roommates. This also is where shelves and storage bins come in handy. Check out 8 Easy Beautiful Ways To Organize Your Bathroom
Ok! This is personal now, you have clean roommates and you have messy roommates. You have to some form of system because you can’t expect people to clean up after you all the time. It’s not fair, having a cleaning/chores schedule will definitely help to keep on track with what everyone in the household should be doing and put some organization in your rooming situation.
Rules and Responsibility Agreements
Put it on Paper! Everywhere we go and everything we do is governed by rules. Some people can live together without establishing some form of agreement, but then again not everyone is mature enough to think like a responsible adult. I won’t tell you what and how rules and responsibilities should govern your apartment but whatever you and your roommates agree on then put it on paper, agree to it and abide by it.
Be Respectful and Communicate
We should always be respectful to people no matter who they are. Respecting their privacy, space, and their beliefs.
Communication is important in everything, especially when you are living together. By properly communicating with each other you will eliminate arguments and disagreements. This way you can have a wonderful relationship and live peacefully and create fun memories.