Roommates

10 Reasons Your Roommates are Actually Your Significant Others

10 Reasons Your Roommates are Actually Your Significant Others

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Roommates, when you pick them right, tend to become much more than roommates. After a few months of living in a confined space with a couple people, you get to know basically everything about them. 1. What’s yours is mine (and vice versa). “Separate pantry shelves” cease to exist, closets become interchangeable, and you stop…
Practicing Empathy To Get Along With Roommates

Practicing Empathy To Get Along With Roommates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself. – Mohsin Hamid Whether living on your own for the first time, getting started in your career, or simply due to financial limitations, many of us will find ourselves living in a shared household at some point in our lives. According to a study conducted…
How to Find The Perfect Roommate Share

How to Find The Perfect Roommate Share

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Roommate shares are increasingly common, whether you’re moving out on your own for the first time, or just trying to get into a more ideal space. But what happens if you don’t have a wide network of friends, to build your own household? Or maybe you’re moving to a new city, or even a new…
3 Simple Steps to Avoid Roommate Drama

3 Simple Steps to Avoid Roommate Drama

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you are living with more than one friend, it can be really difficult to make sure everyone feels included and happy with the situation. If one roommate feels left out or ganged-up on, or if the apartment splits in half, the whole living situation can get an ugly vibe. There are some simple steps…
5 Rules for Splitting Finances with Your Significant Other

5 Rules for Splitting Finances with Your Significant Other

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Although we tend to think of living with our significant others as completely different from living with a non-romantic roommate, there are many areas where both experiences are very alike. First of all, there will be times when you and your live-in boyfriend/girlfriend have arguments and disagreements. Oh, and you’ll definitely discover some of his/her habits…
How to Interview Potential Roommates

How to Interview Potential Roommates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This totally makes sense: forewarned is forearmed — especially if you have a roommate. Living with someone, much like moving in with a significant other, may just as well be called taking the plunge. Finding the right roommate is quite a challenge. It does not matter whether you’ve been friends forever or total strangers because…
Roommate Dilemma: How to Split Rent Fairly When Rooms Are Not Equal

Roommate Dilemma: How to Split Rent Fairly When Rooms Are Not Equal

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you’re sharing an apartment with a roommate/roommates and you all get rooms that are equal in size and desirability and you all share the common space equally, splitting the rent and the bills isn’t that complicated. Most of the time, the rent is just divided by the number of roommates and everyone pays the same…
5 Perfect Holiday Gift Exchange Ideas

5 Perfect Holiday Gift Exchange Ideas

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s HEEEERE! Holiday time is officially here because Thanksgiving is done with. Need some ideas for a budget-friendly gift exchange with your roommates? Ugly Christmas sweaters on now, below are the BEST options for a gift exchange on a small OR large scale. WHITE ELEPHANT / YANKEE EXCHANGE 1. Start a Facebook Invite for your…