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5 Unwritten Rules of Being a Good Housemate

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Whether you’ve just moved in or you’ve been living together for a few months, learning how to be a good housemate is essential if you want to have a good relationship with the people you spend most of your time with. Staying in everyone’s good books can be a real juggling act, but these top 5 rules should help you find the balance between having fun and keeping the peace:

1. Talk

Make sure you are comfortable enough with your housemates so that they can talk to you if there are any problems. No one likes a screaming match in the kitchen when tensions have all boiled over.

2. Do your fair share

Whether it’s cleaning, cooking, buying milk or paying bills, make sure you have done your bit. Even if other people aren’t pulling their weight, it’s not an excuse for you to get lazy.

(Oh, and the dishes… Just do them!)

3. Hands off the food!

The most annoying thing about sharing a house is the tendency for food to simply fly out of the fridge and no one seems to know where it goes… Just make sure you’re not the mysterious cheese stealer, no matter how delicious it looks! (If you do have a moment of madness and scoff an entire bar of someone else’s chocolate, please replace it!)

4. Shh!

I’m not saying you have to be in bed by 8pm with a mug of hot chocolate, but be mindful of other people wanting an early night or having a busy day the next day. Try to be quiet when you’re walking around the house and if you’re going on a night out, sort things out so your entrance back into the house is as uneventful as possible!

5. Enjoy it

At the end of the day, living with your housemates is supposed to be a fun experience. Don’t be too serious about the little things that aren’t important, don’t hold grudges and make the most out of living with people in the same situation as you.

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