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Alcove's Guide to Roommate Rules

Alcove Team · 1/23/23

Alcove's Guide to Roommate Rules

Nothing says "happy home," like having a roommate that you can rely on. Whether it's splitting the rent, taking turns cleaning, or just being there for each other, having a great roommate can make life a whole lot easier.

But it takes more than just luck to find the perfect match, and that's why we've come up with Alcove's Guide to Roommate Rules. We want to help you set the groundwork for a positive, stress-free living space and ensure that your home is a place you can feel comfortable coming back to.

In this guide, we'll cover everything you need to know about establishing boundaries, communication, and expectations for a successful living situation and ensuring that your new home is just as cozy as possible. So, read on!

1. Establishing Rules and Guidelines: 

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When sharing a living space, it's essential to establish ground rules early on to keep everyone comfortable and the environment enjoyable. While a formal agreement is not necessary, it is important to lay out the expectations and boundaries that everyone should follow.

This includes discussing who's an introvert or extrovert, shower preferences, music-playing habits, and whether overnight guests are allowed. Additionally, lay out expectations for how the kitchen, living room, and bathroom should be used and maintained.

This way, if something is out of place or not up to the standards agreed upon, you can remind your roommate about the rules instead of having an awkward confrontation. Setting house rules can help keep everyone on the same page and ensure your living space is pleasant.

2. Communication is Key:

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Having an effective line of communication is key when it comes to living with roommates. All roommates should agree on how and when to communicate, especially if there is a disagreement or issue.

For example, agree on whether it's better to talk face-to-face, over the phone, or via text. Come up with a way to politely bring up any issues that come up and agree on an appropriate time and place to have the conversation.

Maintaining an open-minded attitude is also important when bringing up a problem. Be willing to compromise and understand the other person's point of view. By maintaining a positive attitude and keeping communication clear, you can avoid arguments and create an environment of understanding and respect.

3. Respect Each Other's Privacy: 

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Respecting each other's privacy is essential for a healthy living situation. Everyone should agree to give each other the space and time necessary to do their own thing. This includes avoiding unexpected entries into the other person's bedroom, respecting when someone needs a break from socializing, and giving each other the privacy needed to make phone calls or use the laptop in peace.

By respecting each other's space, you can ensure that everyone has the time needed to relax and have a personal life, even in a shared living space.

4. Divide Chores: 

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One of the most important aspects of roommate life is to divide tasks and chores equally. It's incredibly important that everyone pitches in and does their part in cleaning and maintaining the shared living space. Make sure to create a rotating schedule for chores such as emptying the dishwasher, taking out the trash, and sweeping or vacuuming. This way, everyone is responsible for their share of the work, and no one feels stuck with all the burdens.

By agreeing on a chore schedule and making sure everyone sticks to it, you can ensure that your home is kept clean and organized.

5. Have Fun Together: 

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Living with roommates doesn't have to be all work and no play. In fact, it's important to take time out of the day to relax together and have some fun!

Agree on activities to do as a group, such as watching movies, playing board games, or even having a group dinner once in a while. Not only will it be a great way to bond, but you'll also find yourself forming great friendships. Having fun together can create a positive environment where everyone feels comfortable and happy.

Join Alcove, and let us take care of all your stress for you:

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Finding a new roommate or residence life can feel like a headache, and getting overwhelmed with the details is easy. That's where Alcove comes in!

Every home has community spaces at Alcove, perfect for a potluck meal or movie night. Plus, the monthly rent covers utilities, household essentials, and the cleaning of shared spaces. We take away the hassle of dividing bills, finding necessary items, and scheduling regular cleanings.

Final Thoughts:

Living with roommates can be a great experience if everyone follows these simple tips. You can create a comfortable and stress-free shared living space by respecting each other's privacy, dividing chores, and having fun together.

Plus, with the help of Alcove, you can ensure all of your needs are met without hassle. So, get ready to make some memories and enjoy all that this new lifestyle has to offer!