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Moving in with another person can teach us a lot about ourselves. You might realize some of your own annoying traits, like blaring music late at night or always leaving the toilet seat up, and adjust your behavior to be courteous to your roommates. But you also might learn that you’re a lot more self-aware than the people you share an apartment with, and that if you ever want to have clean dishes or a sparkling bathroom, your best course of action is to just move out.

Down below, we’ve gathered some of the most infuriating, disgusting and shocking photos displaying how some roommates from hell choose to live. From hair decorating the bathroom walls to inventing new species of mold in the kitchen, I’ll warn you right now: these photos aren’t for the faint of heart (or weak of stomach).

Keep reading to also find an interview with Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Ashleigh Edelstein to hear her thoughts on living with a challenging roommate, and be sure to upvote the pics that make you feel grateful for your own roommates. Let us know in the comments if you have any personal roommate horror stories to share. Then, if you’d like to check out some previous Bored Panda articles highlighting just how horrific housemates can be, you can find those right here and here!

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Roommate Throws Away Dishes So He Won’t Have To Do Them (I Bought All Our Dishes And Silverware)

Roommate Throws Away Dishes So He Won’t Have To Do Them (I Bought All Our Dishes And Silverware)

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For many of us, the first time we experience living with a roommate is when we move out of our parent’s house around the age of 18. We might move away to university or start renting a place with friends to have some privacy and learn how to live on our own. This time can be a great learning experience for many people. If your parents always washed your dishes, cleaned the kitchen and bathroom, did your laundry for you and cooked every meal for the entire household, you might have been in for a rude awakening when you first did these things by yourself.

And don't get me wrong, it's perfectly normal and healthy to learn many things when you live alone for the first time. Personally, I spent hours on end watching cooking videos, so I would feel inspired and competent in the kitchen, as I had only mastered the basics prior to moving to university. Plus, it’s expected to learn some things through trial and error. You might get excited at the grocery store and buy too much produce at once only to see half of it growing mold by the end of the week. We all make mistakes, but what is important is to learn from these mistakes. Toss out that produce at the first sign of mold! Don’t let it fester until the whole fridge is a biohazard and your roommates start holding grudges against you.

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Our Roommate Moved Out Today…. All Of Those Stains Are Dog Urine

Our Roommate Moved Out Today…. All Of Those Stains Are Dog Urine

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Makes me think of a really nasty game of "The floor is lava"... with extra motivation not to step on it.

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To gain more insight on the topic of difficult roommates, we reached out to Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Ashleigh Edelstein. First, we wanted to know if Ashleigh could explain why living with roommates is often so hard. "Living with roommates is challenging because of differing, and often unspoken, expectations," she told Bored Panda. "For some, their parents may have handled too many things for them, preventing them from being self-sufficient enough to be a good roommate. This might look like expecting others to pick up after them or invading their roommate’s privacy by entering without knocking. It doesn't have to be this way! One of the quickest ways to prevent these kinds of problems is to set expectations before moving in together, or reset them if you’re already living together. Each person needs to consider what they expect and what’s expected of them to prevent unnecessary issues."

We also asked Ashleigh what is important to disclose before agreeing to live with someone. "One important thing to know about yourself is how much solitude and social time you need on a regular basis," she noted. "Being surrounded by people all the time can be overstimulating, so it’d be important to set boundaries around how available you are. There should also be boundaries around inviting friends or partners to hang out or stay over so no one feels taken advantage of."

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My Roommate's Bathroom

My Roommate's Bathroom

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But if you've had a hard time finding the perfect roommate, don't be discouraged. Ashleigh says it's totally possible for two very different people to mesh well when sharing a living space, as long as they're both clear on what's considered respectful behavior.

"For example, if one person is a night owl and the other a morning person, they’d both need to respect 'quiet hours' while the other sleeps," Ashleigh explained. "This might look like not using loud appliances first thing, or using headphones to listen to music or watch TV when it's late. You can have different interests, hobbies, or passions, and still live together peacefully. The key is that you both hold similar values, like respect, honesty, and cooperation."

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My Flatmate Moved Out And I Found His Room Reeking Of Piss And The Carpet Stained. We Never Had Pets, It’s Human Piss

My Flatmate Moved Out And I Found His Room Reeking Of Piss And The Carpet Stained. We Never Had Pets, It’s Human Piss

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The horror! How are people not grossed out by their own disgusting behaviour ?!

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Ashleigh also shared her best tip for approaching conflicts with roommates. "Have a proactive conversation before you reach a boiling point," she told Bored Panda. "Find a time when you’re both likely to be in a good mood to prevent them getting mad or defensive. Start by talking about what needs to change as specifically as possible and why it matters.

"For instance, 'I need you to wash your dishes at night, so they don't pile up and make the sink unusable.' Then, let them know what you'll do if this keeps happening. 'I'll put your dishes elsewhere if they're not clean by the next day.' Letting them know ahead of time means you're not being passive aggressive, you're simply setting a limit," Ashleigh explained.

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My Roommate Left The Sink On To Defrost Some Meat And Then Left To Go To Walmart. This Is My Room

My Roommate Left The Sink On To Defrost Some Meat And Then Left To Go To Walmart. This Is My Room

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After viewing this list, I realized just how lucky I have been with roommates in the past. I was fortunate enough to become great friends with all of my roommates, and the worst issues I ever encountered were messes in the kitchen that seem like nothing compared to the photos featured here. I do consider myself a neat freak, so I understand that not everyone requires the same standard of cleanliness as I do. But one of the most important things to remember when you have roommates is that you have to consider them

If you have your own bedroom, that space is yours to do with what you like (assuming you’re not putting everyone else in danger, making excessive noise or letting out disgusting smells). But shared spaces like kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, and corridors should be kept neat and tidy. It’s selfish and unfair to subject roommates to messes. And when roommates share appliances, dishware and furniture, those items should also be treated with respect. What always hurt me the most when I found messes in my apartment was the fact that I would never do that to my roommates, because it would feel disrespectful to make them clean up after me. But I know I’m preaching to the choir here, pandas. I’m sure we’re all equally horrified by these photos. Yet somehow, there are so many people out there living like this…  

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#7

My Roommate Bites Her Butter And Then Drops It On The Pan When She Cooks

My Roommate Bites Her Butter And Then Drops It On The Pan When She Cooks

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is not the worst compared 2 most of the others, if its her own butter and no1 else used it then each to der own

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Roommate Left Our Shared Bathroom Like This After I Had Been Gone For A Few Weeks

Roommate Left Our Shared Bathroom Like This After I Had Been Gone For A Few Weeks

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#9

My Roommate Used My Favorite Turtleneck As A BBQ Rag Last Night

My Roommate Used My Favorite Turtleneck As A BBQ Rag Last Night

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In theory, living with another person should be easy. We all want to reside in a clean space, and it seems like keeping an apartment tidy is intuitive. When there’s a mess, clean it up. When the trash is full, take it out. If it’s late at night, don’t make loud noise. Yet it appears that some people just don’t have the self-awareness to take care of themselves and their living space. Many of the photos on this list are concerning for a variety of reasons (some being health hazards, some being extremely questionable judgment and many being both), but I want to try to understand how people come to live like this in the first place. One possible explanation is that they simply were never taught otherwise. Not everyone needs to have their hand held when it comes to “adulting”, but some people do. If their parents or previous roommates never said, “Hey, you have to clean your bathroom once a week, or dirt, hair and germs will pile up” they might just never consider it.   

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#10

My Brother's Girlfriend Moved In With Us, And She Refuses To Use Cutting Boards. This Is What Our Kitchen Table Looks Like Now. They're All Over It

My Brother's Girlfriend Moved In With Us, And She Refuses To Use Cutting Boards. This Is What Our Kitchen Table Looks Like Now. They're All Over It

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd like to know why she refuses to use a cutting board since the table is basically a big cutting board. Also if you do this in my house you'll be immediately evicted.

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Roommate's Rice Cooker Has Turned Into Brain-Like Tissue. He Refuses To Clean It, And Leaves It On The Shared Kitchen Counter

Roommate's Rice Cooker Has Turned Into Brain-Like Tissue. He Refuses To Clean It, And Leaves It On The Shared Kitchen Counter

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Told My Roommate It Was His Turn To Buy Toilet Paper And He Bought Two Rolls Of The Thinnest 1-Ply

Told My Roommate It Was His Turn To Buy Toilet Paper And He Bought Two Rolls Of The Thinnest 1-Ply

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Unfortunately, another potential reason someone might not be an ideal roommate is if they’re struggling with mental health issues. If someone is battling depression, for example, even the simplest tasks can seem like impossible feats. Depression can suck a person’s energy, motivation and care about life in general, so dishes piling up or clothes all over the place might not seem to bother them at all. If you’re concerned that your roommate might be struggling, don’t be scared to reach out and see if there's any way you can help. Sometimes the best course of action would be for them to stay with a family member or loved one who can help take care of them for a while until they are in a healthier place.

And as Gaby Teresa, associate marriage and family therapist at Kindman & Co. in Los Angeles, told PsychCentral, “If mess occurs exclusively with your depression, making steps to clean can feel hopeful. It can remind you that you are capable of doing hard things and promote feelings of accomplishment and capability which in turn, begin to improve your mood.”

#13

My Roommate Smashed My TV. I Already Called The Cops

My Roommate Smashed My TV. I Already Called The Cops

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#14

My Acquaintance Got In An Argument With Her Roommate Over Who Left The Milk Out. While My Acquaintance Was At Work, The Roommate Did This

My Acquaintance Got In An Argument With Her Roommate Over Who Left The Milk Out. While My Acquaintance Was At Work, The Roommate Did This

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#15

My Friend's Roommate. She Waits For Her Mom To Come From An Hour And A Half Away To Clean Up Her Mess And Wash Her Dishes

My Friend's Roommate. She Waits For Her Mom To Come From An Hour And A Half Away To Clean Up Her Mess And Wash Her Dishes

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Another possible reason your roommate seems to be an actual monster might be because they’ve never been held accountable for their actions. If their parents always cleaned up after them, they might not realize that messes don’t magically disappear. If no one has ever called them out for leaving dishes in the sink for weeks or leaving wet clothes in the washing machine for days, they might just need a harsh reality check. Being an adult is not always fun, and it seems like my to-do list grows longer and longer every day. But part of being an adult is being responsible. We can’t just throw away dishes every time they get dirty or hope our roommate doesn’t notice that we ruined their expensive pots and pans. We all need to be held accountable, especially roommates from hell. 

#16

How My Roommates Treated My Hand-Made Wooden Spoon My Father Made For Me

How My Roommates Treated My Hand-Made Wooden Spoon My Father Made For Me

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#17

My Roommate Threw Out My Food To Make Room For Her Salad Mixes In The Fridge

My Roommate Threw Out My Food To Make Room For Her Salad Mixes In The Fridge

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Flatmate's Milk That Aged Like Milk

Flatmate's Milk That Aged Like Milk

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According to Moving.com, some of the most common conflicts between roommates are uncleanliness in shared spaces, taking things without asking, having difficulty splitting up the costs, gaining an unexpected “third roommate”, and complaints about noise. I once had a roommate who would play her guitar and sing until 1am in the living room which shared a wall with my bedroom. Yet if I wanted to make a smoothie at 11am, I was yelled at because it was too early to be using the loud blender. We all have different lifestyle habits and living preferences, so to prevent any of these common disputes between roommates, it’s best to lay it all out on the table before you move in together.    

#19

I Moved Out A Month Earlier Than I Was Supposed To Because I Was Always The One Who Cleaned Up After My Girl Roommates. I Came Back To Pick Up Some Stuff To See This

I Moved Out A Month Earlier Than I Was Supposed To Because I Was Always The One Who Cleaned Up After My Girl Roommates. I Came Back To Pick Up Some Stuff To See This

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#20

I Thought I Was The Only One Using This Soap. Seriously, Who Does This

I Thought I Was The Only One Using This Soap. Seriously, Who Does This

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#21

My Flatmate's Cup. Which He Refuses To Clean. What You're Seeing Is Layers Upon Layer Of Old Milky English Breakfast Tea. Months Worth

My Flatmate's Cup. Which He Refuses To Clean. What You're Seeing Is Layers Upon Layer Of Old Milky English Breakfast Tea. Months Worth

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Before agreeing to move in with a new roommate, it’s important to understand how they live and whether or not the two of you will actually be a good match. Some people are early birds, and others are night owls. If you work from home 5 days a week, you roommate must understand that they can’t be too noisy during the day. If you work late shifts at a bar and come home at 4am, you might not want a roommate who’s a light sleeper. If you’re vegan, it might be important to know if your roommate plans to cook lots of meat in your pots and pans. And if you live in a place where marijuana is legal, it’s best to have a conversation making sure you won’t come home to an apartment that smells like a reggae festival.  

#22

This Is How My Wife Leaves A Dish After Taking It Out If The Oven And Walks Away. We Have Children And A Dog

This Is How My Wife Leaves A Dish After Taking It Out If The Oven And Walks Away. We Have Children And A Dog

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yep, totally dangerous thing to do - but even more so is that that chicken is waaaay undercooked.

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#24

When Your Flatmate Likes To Eat Seeds And Cleans The Floor Without Vacuuming First

When Your Flatmate Likes To Eat Seeds And Cleans The Floor Without Vacuuming First

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like this one and honestly don't feel it is bad. Yes, they should sweep before moping, but if I saw this I would just laugh and show everyone i could before removing the little sprouts.i can also guarantees this is not the worst thing on that mop. Mops are full of bacteria, fungus, and mold!

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Although you should have many honest conversations with a person before deciding to live with them, it can be hard to prevent a “roommate from hell” situation 100% of the time. I would guess that most of the monsters from this list do not have the self-awareness to warn prospective roommates of their living habits, or no one would ever agree to live with them. But if you do find yourself in a living situation that’s causing you anxiety or stress, remember that you can always get out. If you’re signed onto a lease, talk to your landlord. If you live in university housing, speak with your RA. And if you have to go stay somewhere else, see if your parents or a friend will take you in for a while until you figure out your next steps. We all deserve to feel at peace in our homes, and it’s unfair for one bad roommate to dominate an entire space.  

#25

Came Back To My Place In The City I Work In After A Couple Of Months Away And Apparently My Roommate Turned The Electricity Off When He Left But Forgot To Clean The Fridge

Came Back To My Place In The City I Work In After A Couple Of Months Away And Apparently My Roommate Turned The Electricity Off When He Left But Forgot To Clean The Fridge

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Roommate Has Started A Collection

Roommate Has Started A Collection

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Clean it up but don't throw it away. Months down the line when you have collected enough, sculpt it into a life size replica of the roommate in question. Next time they leave the house place it into there bedroom.Leave the country.

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#27

My Roommate Got A Food Saver. I Hate Him

My Roommate Got A Food Saver. I Hate Him

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I sincerely hope you pandas can’t relate to having a horrible roommate like the people who shared these photos, but if you can, remember that you can always choose to move out! Keep upvoting the pics that you find particularly atrocious, and if this list is making you appreciate your roommates even more, consider doing something nice for them today. Bring home some flowers or chocolate, or make them a nice dinner! And if you’ve got any roommate horror stories you’d like to share with your fellow pandas, feel free to leave them in the comments below!

#28

My Roommate's Very Organized Fridge

My Roommate's Very Organized Fridge

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

🤢 watever that is at d bottom of d fridge looks like its about 2 grow legs

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This Is My Ex-Roommate's Air Fryer

This Is My Ex-Roommate's Air Fryer

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Their should be labels not to cook roomates in air friers. Accidents like this will happen otherwise.

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My Wife Insists This Is Normal

My Wife Insists This Is Normal

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#31

I Hate My Flatmates (No That’s Not Rice)

I Hate My Flatmates (No That’s Not Rice)

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#32

My Roommate Has Been Using My Toothbrush

My Roommate Has Been Using My Toothbrush

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#33

Came Back To My College Apartment This Morning With My Roommates Having Done This

Came Back To My College Apartment This Morning With My Roommates Having Done This

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My Roommate Used My Sewing Shears... Where Do I Dispose Of The Body?

My Roommate Used My Sewing Shears... Where Do I Dispose Of The Body?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bury the body then plant some protected species of plants on top, so it can't be dug out

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A Burn Hole I Discovered Hidden Underneath My Roommate's Bed After I Kicked Her Out. Pineapple For Scale

A Burn Hole I Discovered Hidden Underneath My Roommate's Bed After I Kicked Her Out. Pineapple For Scale

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Roommate Broke The Toilet Seat. No Worries Though. He Replaced It

Roommate Broke The Toilet Seat. No Worries Though. He Replaced It

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well if you're renting, it's not like the landlord would have done much better

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My Wife Looks At Me Like I'm Crazy When I Tell Her The Vacuum Has To Be Cleaned Regularly

My Wife Looks At Me Like I'm Crazy When I Tell Her The Vacuum Has To Be Cleaned Regularly

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My College Roommate Last Year. He Spilled Dip Spit On His Bed Multiple Times And Never Cleaned The Sheets

My College Roommate Last Year. He Spilled Dip Spit On His Bed Multiple Times And Never Cleaned The Sheets

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How My Roommate Left The Sink Before Leaving For 2.5 Weeks

How My Roommate Left The Sink Before Leaving For 2.5 Weeks

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pile them up in their room, worked for a spoiled-rotten college dorm-mate I had!

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#40

I Love My Husband. I Love Cheese. Brian, What The Hell?

I Love My Husband. I Love Cheese. Brian, What The Hell?

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#42

My Fiance Refuses To Finish A Bottle Of Coke Before Opening Another

My Fiance Refuses To Finish A Bottle Of Coke Before Opening Another

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pour them all into the one bottle and watch him drink it, im sure der way beyond flat and nasty now

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#43

After 9 Hours At Work I Come Home To See My Roommate Had Smashed My 250-Dollar Monitor With My Air Duster

After 9 Hours At Work I Come Home To See My Roommate Had Smashed My 250-Dollar Monitor With My Air Duster

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#44

How My Sister Left Our Apartment Upon Move Out

How My Sister Left Our Apartment Upon Move Out

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#45

I Cleaned The Whole Kitchen At 5PM Yesterday. I Stayed At My Partner’s Last Night And Came Home To This Mess From My Roommates

I Cleaned The Whole Kitchen At 5PM Yesterday. I Stayed At My Partner’s Last Night And Came Home To This Mess From My Roommates

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#46

Wanted To Make Some Sushi Tonight. Roommate Left Me A Surprise In The Rice Cooker

Wanted To Make Some Sushi Tonight. Roommate Left Me A Surprise In The Rice Cooker

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Roommates Left This Where Our Dogs Hang Out Moving Out This Week

Roommates Left This Where Our Dogs Hang Out Moving Out This Week

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I… I’m just going to hope those syringes were used for insulin. Not that it makes it right or okay to leave them out, but if they’re not medicine, that’s just so much worse…

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I’m The Designated Trash Guy Because If I Don’t Ever Take Out The Trash, My Roommates Just Do This

I’m The Designated Trash Guy Because If I Don’t Ever Take Out The Trash, My Roommates Just Do This

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Flatmates Who Don't Drain The Sink

Flatmates Who Don't Drain The Sink

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Find an empty tea jug, fill it up, leave it in the fridge for the next time they want a cold drink!

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#50

Here Is My Roommate’s Way To Store His Keys

Here Is My Roommate’s Way To Store His Keys

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