Tips for Hosting Roommates
Whether you are a host, a subleaser or another roommate, creating a welcoming and comfortable environment for all roommates is very important.
This might take some work, but it doesn’t have to be complicated! Living together can be easy, and you can start by following a few simple tips.
Set some clear boundaries from the start
One of the best ways to ensure everyone is on the same page is to have a meeting or a talk at the start of a roommate relationship.
All roommates should ideally get together, get to know each other a bit, and discuss household rules. It can be an excellent idea to discuss chores/household duties rotations from the start. It is also best to discuss shared areas, privacy, and other important issues of living together. More importantly, it’s vital to talk about household rules. Is smoking allowed indoors? Are pets a no-no? All roommates should be aware of any limitations or restrictions immediately to avoid misunderstanding and discontent. A clear start is a better start, as they say!
Define what the shared space is, and keep it clean
Most homes have shared spaces, which all roommates can use at leisure. However, there are some limits.
Roommates shouldn’t simply take over the shared area and prevent others from enjoying it. In addition, they shouldn’t leave a mess behind and make the free area challenging to use or uncomfortable. It’s critical to define the shared space and work together to keep it clean and ready for the benefit of all residents in the home.
Share household chores and other responsibilities equally
All roommates need to chip in equally regarding household chores and other responsibilities.
Maintenance, cleaning, and tidying up are essential tasks, and roommates should share them equally. It can be a good idea to use a calendar or a scheduling tool to ensure that all roommates rotate chore duties.
Be mindful of privacy and personal space
One of the drawbacks of living with roommates might be a perceived lack of privacy.
However, nobody should need to give up their personal space just to share a place with someone else! It’s crucial to be mindful of people’s privacy and private areas within the home. Don’t just enter a roommate’s quarters unannounced or without permission if they’re not there. Don’t borrow their stuff and don’t eat their food unless they ok it. Taking up too much of your roommates’ space, things, and time can build a lot of resentment and lead to a toxic living situation in the long run.
Open and prompt communication
Clashing a bit with other people can be part of living with roommates. However, not every disagreement needs to turn into a conflict.
Often, prompt and polite communication can be a great way to resolve issues. If your roommates are slacking or not behaving properly, don’t keep your frustration bottled up inside. Instead, talk to them calmly and politely about the issue. Communication also applies to any other aspect of living together. For example, if you are leaving for some time and can’t do your household chores, be sure to tell your housemates, so you won’t just leave them hanging! If you are having people over, don’t just show up with your friends. Tell your roommates in advance and ask them if they are ok with it. Communication is essential to sharing a space with other people, and it is the first ingredient to a happy and positive experience.
At Hivenue, we’re on a mission to create unique communal and shared living experiences. We plan on bringing Hivenue to all neighbourhoods in need of new housing opportunities, stronger financial stability, sustainable living lifestyle, and greater social connection. Our world is changing fast, and the way we live will change with it.