Nope, I didn’t make a mistake, that is the right number. I lived with five very different roommates in my wonderful abode in Springfield. In total there are three bedrooms, a living room, and a private bathroom. Six Girls Living Out Of One Bathroom. Trust me, it wasn’t easy but all in all, we made it work, and that has to do with a lot of communication. You may not all be friends, and that’s alright! (Except for the girls who lived across the hall from us who were BFFs from the start. They made their own Twitter page for their room. Check it out Here. Honestly, they were roommate goals.)
So here is where I confess my secrets of how we made it all work.
When we started the year, we all agreed that we needed to find a way to contact all of us at once to inform each other of problems or messages we wanted everyone to hear. We came to the idea to make a Facebook Group Chat so that all of us could easily communicate with each other. It’s come in handy so many times if we wanted to see if anyone was going to dinner at a certain time or to ask each other for small favors.
Although not all of us are ever home at the same time, it’s really important to have room meetings to discuss any problems we are having with the suite or each other. It’s a great way to solve problems between each other, or just to update people on changes in our schedules. It’s hard to get everyone together, but even just one meeting a month for ten minutes is really beneficial.
I cannot stress how important this is!! Let everyone in the room know what kind of behavior is acceptable, or not acceptable to you in the room. If it bothers you that one of your roomies is always inviting boys over, let them know you don’t appreciate it. If someone is always leaving the door unlocked when you go to leave, let them know you aren’t okay with it. This is one of the biggest keys to getting along with others, you have to let them know what you’ll tolerate, and what you won’t.
Create a Cleaning Schedule
Let’s be real, college kids aren’t the cleanest. After just a few days in our room, the coffee table was full of trash, forgotten homework, and the floor was littered with dust bunnies. Although we all never clean at the same time, we usually designate one day a week to cleaning up around the room, whether it be just cleaning off the coffee table or deep cleaning the bathroom. A clean room is much nicer to hang out in than a dirty, cluttered one.
Set Up a Buying Schedule
Since our suite had a private bathroom, that meant we had to buy our own toilet paper. Instead of just free-buying everything, we taped a list to the back of our bathroom door of who has bought toilet paper and when. This makes it easy to keep track of who has already bought some, the date it was bought, and who should buy the next batch. This can work for more than just toilet paper but for other cleaning supplies, food items, eating utensils, etcetera.
Respect Everyone’s Space
When you live in a dorm, you don’t get a lot of alone time or privacy. Be sympathetic if someone wants their alone time, and don’t just walk into someone else’s room if the door isn’t open; knock if you want to get their attention first. If you want to borrow something someone else has, ask instead of assuming they’ll say yes. Ask if your music is too loud before turning it up again, or if it’s okay to turn on the lights if you arrive home in the dead of the night.
Living with five other people isn’t the most fabulous life, but I grew to love all my roommates over the year and I wouldn’t trade them for anything else. You definitely learn a lot by living with so many other people, but you also make some pretty great friends.
What are your tips for surviving college roommates? Leave a comment below!