Rules to avoid roommate tensions
Several of my friends are currently in roommate situations where the degree of familiarity varies but many of the same issues arise. After a lengthy discussion with a good friend of mine about her recent roommate woes, I was inspired to write a blog post about it.
So here's some suggestions I have to make your living situation as amicable as possible.
- Don't eat food that isn't yours. It can be hard sometimes to distinguish whose is whose in a full refrigerator, but if you know something isn't yours, don't touch it unless you ask. When I had roommates, this worked very well for us. If it was something like using someone else's butter or an egg, we knew the answer would be yes, but STILL ASKED. There's a huge difference between communal things like that and eating my last Lean Cuisine Chicken Club Panini when I'm not home. Totally unacceptable. And never, EVER, eat your roommate's leftovers. Not only is that gross, but they kept the leftovers for a reason -- and it wasn't so you could eat them.
I suggest: Having a firm discussion about the rules concerning food and clarify that you would like your roommate not to touch your food or ask beforehand if they need to use something. Label food items if necessary.
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