Lifestyle - 28 Mar, 2020

What makes you a great flatmate?

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Moving out into a new place can be an exciting time, but what happens that gets on your nerves? Better yet, what if you realise that you are an intolerable person to live with?

To spare you the headaches and the arguments between you and your flatmate, We’ve compiled a list of things you can do to make sure you’re experience with your flatmates is one that is drama-free!

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Be picky when finding a flatmate

It’s important that you find a flatmate you really gel with. Situations such as having someone who parties all the time living with someone who prefers a quiet night in can be a recipe for disaster. Be sure to meet with your prospective flatmate before you agree to move in with them, and sus out whether your lifestyles are compatible.

Communication is key!

Living on your own is a milestone that marks a huge step into adulthood, so make sure you act like an adult when it comes to your interactions with your flatmates. Passive-aggressiveness or getting annoyed without speaking up will be counter-productive. Like you would in any relationship in your life, make sure you to keep your flatmates in the loop when it comes to any issues, problems and concerns you have.

Clean up after yourself

Wash your dishes, wash your clothes and keep all your shared spaces clean. While nobody likes to do the dirty work, it has to be done. Dirty dishes and dirty clothes don’t clean themselves, and leaving them to fester with bacteria will not only leave you with an unhappy flatmate but will create an unhealthy environment for everyone.

Be respectful when inviting people over

There are times where your flatmate will want a quiet night or might have made plans of their own at your place. Inviting people over at inconvenient times may create more drama than you think. One useful tip is to always run plans that you make at your place past your flatmates first.

Keep noise on the down low

What’s music to your ears will probably be an irritation to your flatmate’s ears. So pop in a pair of headphones and respect that your flatmate will probably appreciate some peace and quiet. The same thing applies when inviting friends over to your place. If it’s late at night or early in the morning, try not to create a huge commotion and be sure to keep noise levels on the down low.

Be familiar with your flatmates schedule

Leaving the TV on full blast when you know they have to wake up early the next morning is not the most considerate thing to do. Be sure to familiarise yourself with each other’s schedules. Little actions such as hogging the shower for too long, leaving all the lights on or making too much noise late at night could have more of an impact on them than you realise.

Have a plan for paying rent and bills

It’s important that you also are making sure that you are paying your fair share of the rent and the bills. Failing to do this can even end with you and your flatmates getting evicted. A good tip is to create a plan for paying rent and bills with your flatmate. This way, you’ll know be able to be certain you’re paying the correct amount and paying it on time.

Don’t steal or use your flatmates belongings

Have you ever had your favourite t-shirt go missing, only to find it in your flatmate’s cupboard a few days later? Or maybe you’ve noticed that that packet of chips you only just opened is now empty? Don’t be that sneaky flatmate, and respect that what’s theirs isn’t yours to use as you please.

Respect each other’s space

Living with a flatmate can sometimes feel like you’re living with siblings all over again. When you spending every hour together, there will be a point where one of you will get a little annoyed. It’s important to give each other space and remember that everyone needs a little me-time. 

Know what to do in an emergency

Be sure to exchange contact details with your flatmates so that they will be able to be there for you in the case of an emergency. Even planning ahead for situations such as if one of you were to get locked out or if someone fails to come home will be able to save yourself from stressful situations in the future.

Avoid creating clutter

It’s important to keep it simple and not bring every single thing that you own into your flat. Invest in some good forms of storage such as boxes and cupboard dividers so that you can reduce the amount of clutter in your place, and it might be worthwhile to also invest in a storage locker.

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Be a good friend

Overall, just be a nice person to live with. Be kind, considerate and do nice things for your flatmate. Talk to your flatmate regularly and ask them how their day is. Make plans with your flatmate and make the most of having someone there to keep you company all the time.

Words by Vidya Kathirgamalingam

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