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Your guide to living with roommates

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Living with roommates can be a struggle. After all, we each have our own silly habits, busy schedules, and personal standards. But if you stick to this guide, you’ll be able to navigate such differences and build a great roommate-ship.

Roommate Guide Rule 1: Rules, rules, rules!

Set boundaries and keep the environment enjoyable for everyone. Have a discussion early on to establish who’s an introvert and who’s an extrovert, whether you shower in the morning or at night, and if you like to blast music or not. Most importantly, agree on how to use (and leave) shared areas such as the kitchen and bathroom. The best thing is, if you notice things out of order, you can just remind your roommate of these rules instead of having an awkward confrontation!

Roommate Guide Rule 2: Set up a cleaning schedule.

In addition to those basic rules, determine a consistent cleaning schedule to keep shared spaces in tip-top condition. For example, roommate A can commit to taking out the trash every first and third Saturdays whereas roommate B will clean the bathroom. Roles switch the following week! Also set a date once a month to do an entire house/apartment sweep: vacuum, wipe down counters, clean out the fridge, and take care of whatever else stinks.
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Roommate Guide Rule 3: Who buys what?

It’s annoying to feel like you’re always the one buying and replacing the toilet paper, so to prevent that passive aggressiveness from piling up, start a change jar for common use goods. Each roommate can put in $2 – 5 in the beginning and with a sign-out sheet, you can start a rotation of buying any necessities with the change in the jar. Keep each other accountable!

Roommate Guide Rule 4: Find happiness through community.

The best part about living with roommates is that you have friends and a community right next door. Especially when you’re new to a city, having others to navigate the experience with can make a huge difference. Find a common hobby, and make time for each other. Even if it is just Netflix and chill nights or making dinner together once a week, take time to do something fun, get to know each other, and enjoy each others’ companies.

Roommate Guide Rule 5: Cut the stress, and just join Common! We’ll take care of it all.

Every Common home has community spaces, perfect for a potluck meal, movie night, or book club. Additionally, the rent covers utilities so you don’t have to worry about dividing bills, your household essentials, and weekly cleaning of shared spaces by our professional teams. No pesky errands. No roommate drama. Schedule a tour.

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