This archived article was written by: Stevie Snyder
For most of us, college is where we first experience having a roommate, who is not a sibling or a family member. An ideal roommate would be someone who is fairly clean and helps pay the bills. Some of us however, are left with the messy roommates who do not pay bills on time or help pay for groceries, and eat the food you bring home. The question most of us are probably wondering is, how do we hint or tell them they are being a bad roommate without causing an argument and making living conditions for both parties unbearable?
Being a good roommate is as simple as cleaning up after yourself, not eating someone else’s food without replacing it, using your own hygiene products and not other peoples’. In the instance you need to use their shampoo or soap, replace it with the same kind, not something cheap that they would never use, the reason they buy the kind they do is because they like it, and for you to replace it with Suave instead of Pantene, it makes them mad and they have to go out and replace their empty bottles anyway.
The best way of solving roommate issues is communication. Communication is the key to solving disagreements you will encounter. Do not keep it to yourself and let it build up; make sure you express the way you are feeling when it comes up.
What is the moral of the story? Do unto others as you would want done to you.