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Roommate Etiquette: How to Share Space Peacefully
09 February 2024
Written by Y Suites

Living with roommates can be an enriching experience, offering opportunities for friendship, shared memories, and a support system. That said, it also comes with its fair share of challenges, particularly when it comes to sharing living spaces.

From differing schedules to varying cleanliness standards, every housemate needs to understand the intricacies of roommate etiquette to maintain harmony in a co-living situation.

Whether you’re a seasoned roommate veteran or embarking on your first shared living experience, our comprehensive guide will offer you valuable tips to create share house harmony!


Open Communication

Whether it’s with friends, acquaintances, or strangers, the golden rule for a successful roommate relationship is clear and effective communication.

Living in a house with many personalities is bound to have some conflicts, which is why it’s always best to lay down some common ground rules early on in your living arrangement.

By having everyone on the same page, you are more likely to avoid any unnecessary misunderstandings and conflicts, as well as cultivate a positive living environment built on trust and empathy.

Here are several ways you can implement open communication:

  • Hold house meetings: Schedule regular house meetings where all housemates come together to discuss any issues, propose new house rules or address concerns. Instead of a formal meeting, you can discuss it over dinner.
  • Create a forum or group chat: Set up a designated communication platform, such as WhatsApp or Telegram, where everyone can share news, reminders and concerns in real time.
  • Be open to compromise: Understand that different housemates may have varying priorities and preferences. Therefore, compromise and negotiation are important to finding a workable solution.


Respect Your Roommate’s Space

Respecting your roommate’s personal space is the key to fostering trust and mutual respect among roommates!

For your roommate, knowing that their boundaries are honoured and respected can avoid conflicts stemming from invasion of privacy or disregard for personal belongings.

To be sure no one accidentally crosses the other’s lines, you can (and should!) encourage everyone to list down their boundaries and preferences specifically pertaining to their room, privacy and belongings.

While it may not sound ideal for most people, the rules can guarantee a peaceful co-living in a shared space.

Here are some universal roommate rules to keep in mind:

  • Avoid borrowing belongings without explicit permission.
  • Respect personal routines and habits.
  • Be mindful of noise levels, especially during quiet hours or when your roommate may be studying or resting.


Be Considerate of Shared Spaces

Communal areas act as the threads that weave together the experiences of roommates. This is because these shared spaces are the places where everyone comes together to connect and unwind after a stressful day or create happy, shared memories.

Therefore, it’s everyone’s responsibility to treat communal areas with care and respect so as to cultivate a sense of belonging and ownership among all occupants.

Here are some tips you should adhere to in common areas:

  • Ask your housemates before inviting guests over to avoid unwanted surprises
  • Always clean up after your mess, including washing dishes, wiping down surfaces and disposing of trash properly
  • Be considerate when sharing resources in shared spaces, such as kitchen utensils, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, etc.

Maintain Cleanliness

The most important of share house rules is maintaining cleanliness and hygiene. That means everyone living under the same roof must keep the house tidy and mess-free.

While cleaning can be burdensome, put yourself in the other’s shoes. How would you feel if you constantly had to clean up after other people’s dirty dishes or be the only one mopping the kitchen every week?

The best approach to assigning household chores is creating a cleaning schedule or chore chart that rotates responsibilities among everyone without over-relying on one roommate performing the same heavy chore for weeks on end.

Appeal the idea to your housemates and discuss things to make sure the chores are split equally and, most importantly, hold everyone (including yourself) accountable.

Create House Traditions

Of course, it would be idealistic to think that everyone has the same level of social energy. Some may be more outgoing and adventurous, while others prefer the comfort of their own room.

With that in mind, you may wonder – how do you bridge the awkward beginnings with your roommates? The answer is – create traditions that both you and your housemates can enjoy!

Whether it’s a weekly movie and popcorn night at home or checking out the local pub trivia night, these rituals can help you learn more about your roommates, on top of enriching your shared living experience.

Check out these fun ideas for activities you can do with your housemates!


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