By Katie King
Everyone has roommates to deal with, whether it’s going in blind in the residence halls or knowing your roommates for years.
Let’s face it, sometimes they are difficult to deal with, so here are a few tips to help you get through.
Most people live with their parents before college so living without that help can be difficult for some. After becoming accustomed to having practically everything done for them, moving into a new environment where they are expected to clean up after themselves may be hard to take in.
There’s always that one roommate who refuses to clean up after him/herself. You can go about it politely by just cleaning up for them.
However, there is also the option of telling them directly that they are slobs, but this may or may not work.
It could make them a better roommate and force them to clean up their act, but it could also make them more upset with you. In this case, you do small things so they can get the hint.
You can clean up after them, but really, who wants to do that? Clean up after yourself and someone else? That’s a bad idea.
Here’s something to try instead.
Put soap and a sponge next to their dirty dishes as if to say, “Here you go, this is what you need to wash the dishes.” You may also want to put a towel nearby for them to dry the dishes incase you think they will need more help.
Another issue that arises while living with others is the noise.
Your roommates might play music so loudly to the point where you can’t study, which naturally, poses a problem.
What should you do? Do the same back to them and play loud music.
However, you shouldn’t play normal, Top 40, mainstream music.
The best music to play would be some nice classical or bluegrass. Eventually, they will get annoyed with this music and will say something. Honestly, who wants that being blasted? Once they say something that will open up the conversation for you to tell them what’s wrong. Let them know that you will turn your music down if they do the same and quiet will commence.
Sharing your space with someone else also requires you to split costs and products, such as toilet paper, paper towels, soap and other things.
If your roommates won’t share in those responsibilities, just buy your own and keep all of the stuff in your room so your roommate doesn’t know you have them.
Once your roommate goes to the bathroom and realizes, “Uh oh, there’s no toilet paper,” they will be forced to go buy some (unless they just start using the Kleenex that’s on the shelf).
The same thing applies to food as well.
Because there are so many things to do while in college, such as going out, doing homework, hanging out with friends and watching TV, necessary tasks such as grocery shopping might get put on the backburner.
Your roommate might start to think that your food looks better than what they could find if they went grocery shopping and let’s be honest, many of us don’t want our food being taken without us knowing.
To make sure they don’t take your food, take an afternoon to be anal and obsessive-compulsive. Mark all your food and count it, including every single egg in the carton and every cheese stick in the drawer.
Put your name on all your food so if your roommates try to say that it was up for grabs, there’s no question about it.
You should also mark things in the fridge, such as the milk carton, that would show if even the slightest amount was drunk. Put a line where it was last time you drank it so it will be easy to tell if someone snuck some for themselves. It’s much easier to catch them red-handed that way.
You should also be honest and upfront with them. If you know that they’re taking your food, call them out on it. It’s your food, you paid for it, and you have the right to eat it, by yourself.
But the best advice for tough roommates? Get new ones when the lease is up.
If you still get stuck with the bad ones, well, better luck next time.