Whether you are moving into college housing with a roommate or preparing to share your first apartment with a friend, you’ve got to set boundaries while remaining flexible. It can be hard, but it can also be fun! Check out these tips from your favorite Birmingham moving company, Motivated Movers, to help make the transition smooth and easy.
Embrace Financial Responsibility
A roommate who is not financially responsible can be extremely frustrating. If your roommate forgets to pay the rent or utilities, you could both incur fees and consequences from your landlord. Come up with a system to hold each other accountable. A chart, an app with reminders, or a dry-erase calendar can help you stay organized.
Set Important Boundaries
You’ve probably heard it before: “Communication is key.” Talk about boundaries with your roommate. If you don’t want them in your room without permission, make that clear (in a tactful way!) from the start. If you don’t like sharing food, organize the refrigerator so that your food is obviously yours.
Collaborate to come up with rules. If that seems too formal, plan to have an open discussion when you first move in about basic boundaries and unspoken rules. For example, are you going to take turns doing chores? Or is one roommate always going to take out the trash while the other always handles the dishes? The more open you are with each other about boundaries initially, the better off you will be down the road.
Learn to Stay Clean
Some of us are cleaner than others. This can create a maddening divide between roommates. If you are the messy roommate, an overly-conscious cleaner may annoy you just as much as you annoy them. Be considerate of each other’s habits. But keep in mind that a clean apartment is important for many reasons, the biggest being hygiene.
If you need to confront your roommate about keeping clean, be sure to do so respectfully. Getting into an argument won’t get you anywhere. Especially if you are close friends, you don’t want to ruin your relationship over hair in the drain or dirty dishes in the sink.
Call Motivated Movers!
No matter how your roommate turns out (grumpy, sweet, angry, or easy-going), Motivated Movers takes the guesswork out of moving! Receive passionate, professional service every time. From packing up the old space to unpacking in the new space, Motivated Movers is here to make moving simple. Contact Motivated Movers today to get started!