As a startup that specializes in making your moving and hauling experience as easy and seamless as possible, we know that moving into your new home can be both very exciting and extremely challenging or stressful as well. Given that I recently flew the coop to live closer to the buddyTruk office in Santa Monica, I’m now living with a roommate I met via Westside Rentals. Although I was nervous because it was my first time moving in with someone who I didn’t even know existed a week ago, I now love where I live and I have a harmonious relationship with my roommate!
I had heard so many horror stories about roommates who didn’t get along, so I want to share my tips with you to help make the transition into your new home as positive and easy as possible. And trust me, I know what it takes to create a peaceful situation living with a roommate – you try living in a sorority house!
Establishing an agreement and being honest from the start can get you and your roommate off to a good start.
1. Be Honest
The first step that has be taken when living with a roommate, and maybe most importantly, is to be upfront about your living needs. Being honest allows you to establish a solid agreement between you and your roommate from the start.
If you’re a neat freak (I know I am!) and you can’t stand dirty dishes, say it. If you require a certain parking space at a certain time, say it. There’s truly nothing worse than a passive aggressive argument that will inevitably lead to a full-blown tantrum.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Share with your roommate and be open to what they have to say.
2. Keep an Open Mind
It’s great to have a routine and a schedule that works for you. But if you want to keep a positive relationship with your new roommate, be flexible and willing to adjust within reason to accommodate their lifestyle as well.
There is always something to be learned from those around you. Who knows? Maybe by opening up to their lifestyle habit (“Oh, hey. Organic juice really is yummy!) you could even enhance your own life.
Get to know each other! Express a genuine interest in your roommate’s life.
3. Get to Know Each Other
Aim to spend some quality time with your roommate! This can help you to better understand who they are and why they do the things that they do. Not only will this understanding allow you to put yourself in their shoes and help you avoid frustration, but it could also lead to a blossoming friendship.
4. Offer a Helping Hand
Kindness goes a long way, so it never hurts to lend a helping hand! If you see your new roommate has a lot of groceries or are carrying something heavy, help them out! They will likely do the same thing for you when you need it. Doing kind things often leads to hugs and hugs make a happy heart. And happy hearts make a happy home.
With any new living situation, there is so much to be thankful for when living with a roommate!
5. Be Thankful
Don’t sweat the small stuff & be thankful! Let the little things go and remind yourself of all the things you like about living with a roommate and your new home. Gratitude can make what you have more than enough.
A bad relationship with your new roommate can lead to more than just an awkward living situation – it could lead to you having to find a new home! Having a friend to come home to each day can create a great sense of warmth and enhance your life as well. Whether you live with your roommate for a month, a semester, or a few years, setting a positive tone from the start will make this exciting time of your life that much better!