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How to Avoid Housemate Drama

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They are your housemates, you love them dearly or at least have learnt to. Living with your friends is possibly one of the best things to experience at university; the freedom, the parties and the friendship. However nobody is perfect and the best way to find this out is through living with someone, the bottom line is that you are going to get on each other’s nerves at some point. Here are some of the most frequent reasons for falling out and how to deal with them without starting World War Three.

Washing Up

That plate has been sitting there for DAYS, and that cup is starting to stick to the work surface… there is a chance if the washing up ferments anymore that there will be a new outbreak of the plague but you’re adamant you’re not going to clean up someone else’s mess.

What to do?

Be direct. Just ask people nicely who ’s it is and to clean it up, this sounds really simple but most people shy away from confrontation and opt for a passive aggressive note. Don’t write notes, they will only wind people up and affect absolutely no change.

Cleaning the Bathroom

Slowly over time, your nice clean bathroom has developed into an area of toxic waste. It’s a chemical war zone of empty shampoo bottles, mysterious stains in the shower and a hair clogged drain. It’s gotten so bad that it’s impossible to leave this room feeling clean.

What to do?

This one is a more difficult one, as this mess is accumulative. The only truly fair way to tackle it is everyone at once (provided your bathroom isn’t too small). Get everyone involved and it will take no time.

Essentially the best way to deal with your housemates is to be direct. Most arguments are caused by what’s not said rather than what is. It may feel awkward asking your friend to clean up after themselves, but it will take two seconds and be a lot less stressful in the long run.

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