For instance: grocery shopping,
dish washing, sweeping, and cleaning are all things you now have to worry
about. Even with friends as roommates, youíre still not in the clear.
What if you roommates like tuna fish and you donít? What if itís your
roommateís turn to clean the dishes but she went away for the weekend. What
will you do about these sorts of situations? Itís simple. Everyone is
responsible for themselves. This means that everyone is responsible for feeding
themselves, cleaning after themselves, and buying themselves their own things.
Obviously some things need to be shared such as toilet paper, silverware, pots
and pans. Things like cereal, shampoo, and lunch bags do not need to be shared.
By laying down the rule that everyone is on their own, you will take away any
complications of having to split up responsibilities.
If possible, try to get your own room. Even if itíll
cost you a little extra, itís worth the privacy. If this is your first
experience living out of your parentís house, wouldnít you rather have that
experience in your own room? Sharing a room always leads to complications.
Where do the beds go? Where do the shelves go? Where should the TV go? Should
there be a TV at all? These questions will be answered with 2 opinions: your opinion
and your roommate's opinion. If you have conflicting opinions, then problems will occur.
Now that youíre on your own, itís time to run your
own life. Itís time to worry about and care for yourself without having to
worry about others. One downfall of having roommates is that you may not always
want to hang out with them, but feel bad telling them to leave you alone. Itís
difficult to get away from your roommates considering that they live with you.
But if you want to avoid this problem then you must either tell them the truth,
or just not include them in what youíre doing. Theyíll soon get the picture.
So just remember; be in control, or someone else will be in control of you.