Getting to choose who you live with is both a blessing and a curse. Constantly being surrounded by your best friends is one of the best parts about being young, but can also be one of the hardest. All the years of your parents nagging about chores are put to the test, and now, it’s time to see if you can do them yourself.
Roommates basically fall into three categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Which one are you?
All that nagging paid off. You remember to keep your room clean, load the dish washer, mop the floor, buy more toilet paper, etc. Sometimes you take on a little more (ok, A LOT more) responsibility because you’re the only one who ever takes the trash out and remembers to turn the rent check in on time.
Does this describe you? Try asking your roomies to take on a little more responsibility! You don’t wanna be stressed every time you come home, you want your home to be a safe haven. Yes, it takes work to rent your own apartment or keep a dorm room tidy, but you shouldn’t have to be the only one contributing! Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself.
You’re the easy breezy roommate. You keep your mess contained and keep your things in your own space, but you don’t necessarily do any favors for anyone else. You never take out the trash, have never bought toilet paper or dish soap, and you didn’t even know you had a dishwasher.
If this describes you, you might wanna help out around the apartment or dorm a little more. Trust us, your roomies might not be saying anything about it now, but eventually they’ll resent you for not taking any responsibility. Do everyone a favor and take out the trash every once in a while. Better yet, design a chore wheel to keep everyone (including yourself) accountable!
You are the hurricane. You wreak havoc and bring chaos with you wherever you go. The dishes in the sink? Yours. The laundry thrown on the couch? Also yours. Your roommates are constantly having to remind you about rent and utilities, or cleaning, or turning your music down.
Does this sound like you? No offense, but you’re kind of a bad roommate! Step up your game so your friendships with your roomies don’t suffer at the hands of your chaos. Stick the chore wheel. Pay your rent on time. And lower the volume, just a little bit. Everyone will thank you!
In all likelihood, you will have some sort of conflict over living with someone else. Whether you are the good the bad or the ugly, here’s how to avoid all that drama: communication. As dorky as it sounds, a chore wheel or another organized schedule of who does what and when will hold everyone accountable for their own responsibilities. The “Good” roommate won’t be the only one doing the chores, and everyone will know if the “Bad” roommate hasn’t done theirs. Being nagged by your parents is one thing, but no one wants to nag their besties.
Are you a good, bad, or ugly roommate? Let us know in the comments how you and your vinas have figured out a system for chores. If you’re looking for a roommate, check out Hey! VINA !
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