If you never lived in a flat-share, were you even a student for realz? The question doesn’t really have an answer, but it shows one thing. Living with another person under one roof is a one-of-a-kind experience.
And it’s not only about leaving dirty socks in plain sight, bringing in a bunch of friends at 2 am, or borrowing chocolate biscuits with 0.001% intention to return them. Whichever side you were, or currently are, standing on, you probably feel right and the other person is most likely wrong.
But in the land of flat- and house-sharing, there are no right or wrong people, there’s only a nasty-meter that goes up every single time you put an empty pack of ice cream back to rest in the freezer. Call it an exaggeration, but god is in the details when it comes to flat-sharing.
Pssst! More 'I live with a monster' pics can be found in a previous compilation by Bored Panda right here.
Thesis Due In A Few Days And I Don’t Need This Extra Stress Of People Stealing My Stuff From The Communal Fridge
The Way My Dad Puts Things Away In The Fridge. This Is A Piece Of Steak
Living with someone is never easy. Whether you’re partners, friends, or random students who met by pure chance and equal need to share a flat, the truth is, a big part of the deal comes down to not-so-sweet moments. Like, noticing your biscuit bag rapidly shrinking in size, or drinking the chamomile tea and shoving in the ear plugs since your roommate is a night owl with a passion for techno.
Sometimes, though, it gets more awful than that. And when you realize your relationship has become somewhat passive-aggressive and your sticky note battle is getting out of hand, it may be too late to save your (and your roommate's, for that matter) sanity.
Fortunately, there are some things everyone can do to make sure sharing a flat is not a one-way ride to hell. First, make sure you’re compatible from the very beginning. I know, nobody is going to marry their roommate, but being sure you have similar lifestyles, hobbies, and at least, are not immediately averse to one another is a good start.
However, many people who have experienced a flat share can assure you that living with your best friend is not a good idea either. Even though it sounds like a dream come true, living with your BFF may reveal less savory aspects of people’s personalities (And personal hygiene.) After all, it’s not worth putting your friendship on trial just so you two can spend even more time under one roof.
The truth is, when you start living with someone you know, little things that you were not particularly keen on about their personalities often snowball into giant arguments.
My Wife Putting This Peanut Butter In The Trash Because It’s Empty
"Its Always So Cold In Our House. Our Furnace Sucks." -Wife Jan2020 -32C
Even though there are no existing rules governing how roommates should live with one another, psychologist Fredric Neuman suggests a couple of things to have in mind. First, it’s mutual respect. “By respect, I mean certain specific things: Do not eat the other person’s food unless you ask first. Do not borrow clothes, or pick up money lying around, or take up any other possession of the other person without asking first.”
The Way My GF "Puts Away The Groceries" Still In The Bag
Wife Doesn’t Pay Attention To What We Already Have When Buying Groceries
My Mom Always Eats The Chocolate And Puts It Back In The Freezer Like That
Second, it’s following through financial commitments so that none of the roommates feel pressured. Also, chores should be done without reminding one another, so make sure to set up a schedule in the communal zone.
My Wife Ate Every Single Marshmallow In A Family Sized Box Of Count Chocula. Every Single One
This Is How My Mom Puts The Knives Away In The Drying Rack
According to Fredric Neuman, it’s best not to keep close track of everything you do for your roommate. “Weighing every action on a scale leads invariably to someone feeling disadvantaged,” he argues, so it’s best not to set your expectations too high.
Less Than 2 Days After Moving In, One Of My Roommates Scratched My New, Non-Stick Pan With Metal Utensils
Live With A Girl They Said, Things Will Be Clean They Said
This Is How My Boyfriend Leaves The Sink After He Shaves
My Husband Doesn't Want The Case To Get Scratched And Cause An "Eyesore"
I Went To The Fridge To Get Milk For My Cereal But Someone Put The Milk Back With This Much
This should be common sense, but you’d be surprised how many roommates actually don't comply with not going into your roommate’s bedroom unless they are present. Setting boundaries before starting to live together is a great way to make sure everyone is one the same page.
For some people, common sense may vary, and letting everyone know you’re not comfortable with anyone visiting your room without you present is a simple way to avoid miscommunication.