Posts Tagged: roommate problems

Four’s a Party, Five’s a Crowd: Setting Rules on Visitors

Four’s a Party, Five’s a Crowd: Setting Rules on Visitors

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you live in a shared space, how do you decide on a fair guest policy? Some people love a crowd, they truly believe in the more the merrier, and are happy with friends passed out on every square foot of their apartment on a regular basis. Others prefer personal space and would rather check…
It’s Not Me, It’s You: Breaking up with a Roommate

It’s Not Me, It’s You: Breaking up with a Roommate

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
  Sometimes things don’t work out the way we expect: relationships, friendships, living situations.  No matter how mature or experienced we are, when something goes awry, there will be hard feelings. The cardinal rule of roommate break-ups is don’t blindside your roommates. Don’t  just pack up and leave a post-it on the fridge.  Also, it’s not cool to announce that…
6 Rules for Talking to Your Roommate About a Problem

6 Rules for Talking to Your Roommate About a Problem

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
For most people, roommates are a simple fact of apartment living. Whether you source your roommate from friends you already have, or whether you conducted a laborious roommate interview to find someone suitable, you’re most likely stuck with your current roommate – at least until end of the lease. So what do you do if…
Are You Annoying Your Roommate Without Realizing It?

Are You Annoying Your Roommate Without Realizing It?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Sure, you don’t think you’re doing anything annoying. You wave a friendly hello to your roommate. You pay the bills on time and even covered whole utility bill when your roommate was between jobs. Heck, you even shared those cookies you baked last week. As far as you’re concerned, you’re a rock-star roomie. And you probably are.…
Roommates and Overnight Guests:Tips to Avoid Problems

Roommates and Overnight Guests:Tips to Avoid Problems

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Ben Franklin may have known about electricity, politics, bifocals and one or two other things, but one of his more overlooked gifts to posterity is this immortal observation: “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” What he didn’t say is this: If they’re your roommate’s guests, rather than your own, the smell can…
6 Common Roommate Personality Types – Which One is Yours?

6 Common Roommate Personality Types – Which One is Yours?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
ROOMMATE PERSONALITY TYPES by Sabrina Personality type plays a heavy role when searching for the perfect roommate. This means understanding your own personality and understanding what type of personality you are compatible with. Here are some of the stand-out personality types I have met during my roommate adventures.  (As for my own personality, I’m probably closest to…
Top 5 Roommate Relationship Landmines…and How to Avoid Them

Top 5 Roommate Relationship Landmines…and How to Avoid Them

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our guest blogger Sabrina has distilled her 20+ roommate experiences into the top five areas that can explode with serious damage to the roommate relationship.  And we have added some tried-and-true MFA tips for avoiding the danger zones. TOP 5 ROOMMATE RELATIONSHIP LANDMINES by Sabrina Roommates can be a fairy tale of exciting events and life-long…
3 Simple Rules for Visits from BF/GF When You Have a Roommate.

3 Simple Rules for Visits from BF/GF When You Have a Roommate.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
There are three issues that can turn a roommate relationship ugly:  splitting expenses, housekeeping chores and roommate’s BF/GB overstaying their welcome.  I have already covered how to handle splitting expenses and housekeeping,  it’s now time to tackle the biggie that has brought an end to many a beautiful roommate relationship -how to hang out with the BF/GF without breaking…
How to Make Your Roommates Clean When It’s Their Turn

How to Make Your Roommates Clean When It’s Their Turn

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This post is for all my people out there who have ever taken out the trash AGGRESSIVELY! This is for you, you poor souls who fight with every fiber of your being not to turn into your mother and just clean up after your living companion. When you move in with someone there are a…
The Politics of Food Sharing Among Housemates

The Politics of Food Sharing Among Housemates

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Many a friendship has soured from the overstepping of bounds when one assumes the generosity of a housemate and “borrows” a snack from the fridge. Living with other people has many advantages; cheaper rent, cheaper utilities, and a potentially lower food expense. That said, if the housemates don’t clearly lay out from the start what…