6 Secrets to Being a Better Roommate
Being a college freshman means that in all likelihood you’ll be sharing a small space with another human being all year. Here are some tips for being the best roommate you can be.
Establish Ground Rules in Advance
The best way to avoid being a bad roommate? Talk about the things you care most about in terms of living together. Be honest about your needs, but understand you’re going to have to make some compromises.
Get a Pair of Headphones
Your roommate might have the exact same playlist with a 50-50 mix of heavy metal and Broadway showtunes as you do. But chances are she doesn’t. And, even if she does, she probably doesn’t want to be subjected to it all the time. Headphones make it so you can listen to music or stream movies respectfully and allow you to tune out the world sometimes.
Keep Your Stuff on Your Side of the Room
A small living area isn’t an excuse to be all up in your roommate’s space. Luckily, we have everything you need to stay organized, even in the tiniest of dorm rooms. Keep your essentials at arm’s length and your knickknacks out of sight, and for goodness sake, keep your shoes off the floor.
Don’t Monopolize the Outlets
Most dorm rooms weren’t made for the number of devices we all have today. We hate to break it to you, but chances are you’re not going to have enough outlets for all of your needs. Invest in a power strip (or two). We like this one because the outlets rotate so you can fit everything and because it has two USB outlets.
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Respect the Rules of the Mini Fridge
Establish laws of the mini fridge. These sacred laws are never, ever to be broken. Maybe you’re sharing everything, or maybe you’re sharing things like milk and condiments, or maybe everything is separate. Establish guidelines and stick to them. And don’t ever eat your roommate’s food without asking. That’s how friendships end.
Keep Dirty Laundry Out of Sight
Whether you’re a neat freak or one of those people who only cleans immediately before Parents’ Weekend, you should always do two things: Throw out your trash, and keep your dirty laundry out of the way. We like this laundry tote because it’s super sturdy and can hold up to 55 pounds (for those times you “forget” to do laundry for a month straight–no judgment).