How to Live in Harmony With Your Roommate

August 26, 2019

It really doesn’t matter if you’re longtime BFFs or random roomies, living in close quarters with someone else is always challenging. And chances are, at some point, you’re going to have a disagreement. But you can make sure those disagreements are less frequent (and less intense) if you follow these guidelines.

  1. Agree on basic house rules. Before any issues even arise, lay the groundwork for harmonious coexistence by creating a list of ground rules together. These might include quiet hours, the division of chores, or rules about guests. Whatever’s important to you, make sure it’s part of your roommate agreement. It’s important that everyone’s on board with everything in the rulebook if you want to keep the peace.

  2. Communicate honestly and openly. Even with agreed-upon guidelines in place, there’s still bound to be some friction every now and then. The best thing to do, in this case, is to go to your roommate straight away with your concerns. Don’t let them fester or discuss the problem with someone else and risk the disagreement getting out of hand. Direct, honest communication is always best.

  3. Collaborate on solutions to household problems. If the same issue seems to keep coming up time and time again, call a roommate meeting to discuss it. Instead of just rehashing the details of the problem over and over again, brainstorm some ideas to solve it and choose the option that works best for everyone.

  4. Apologize when you’re in the wrong. Despite your best intentions, there’s a solid chance you’re going to be the roommate in the wrong at some point. When this happens, don’t hesitate to apologize. The sooner you admit fault, the sooner you can move on and return to balance and harmony in your home!

7 Ways to Resolve Fights Between Roommates [Rent.com]
How to deal with fights between roommates [Daily Collegian]
4 ways to never fight with your roommate again [headspace]

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