When you’re moving in with a new person, there are a lot of things to be concerned about. First on the list is making sure they’re not a serial killer, but after that there are a number of valid concerns the average person is going to have about sharing space with someone they may or may not know very well. Here are seven quick tips for making the most out of moving in with someone new:

  1. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Don’t bottle it up. Share your worries, concerns, and quirks. Let them know if you prefer people take their shoes off at the door – your new roommate is likely not a mind reader, so tell them what you want them to know.
  2. Allocate space for everyone’s things. It’s not weird to have specific refrigerator or shower caddy shelves for individual people so things don’t get mixed up. In fact, keeping things separate but equal is one of the best ways to keep a roommate relationship respectful.
  3. Don’t be passive aggressive. Did your roommate do something to annoy you? Did they use your shampoo when theirs ran out because they were too lazy to buy a new bottle? Just like we said in tip one: tell them. Don’t respond passive aggressively by doing something equally irritating. Starting that cycle will just leave everybody miserable in the long run.
  4. Be organizationally creative. When you live with someone new, you want to make sure that your personal space is respected. Creative ways to save space, like using a back of the door shoe holder instead of throwing them all over your closet, can keep things tidy and avoid stuff mix-ups.
  5. Don’t eat their leftovers. Seriously, who does this? Even if it’s the tastiest looking slice of pizza in the universe and you’ve just got home from a twelve-hour shift: don’t do it. Respect your roomies leftovers so you can trust they’ll give you the same consideration.
  6. Consider additional storage. If when you decided to move in together, you and your future-roomie realized you both have toasters, a couch, and who-knows-what else, don’t fret. There are plenty of great, affordable storage unit options out there for those of you that need just a little bit of extra space.
  7. Be respectful. Aside from communication, this should be the number one tenet of living with another person. Common courtesy goes a long way toward the maintenance of successful roommate relationships, so keep that in mind when you’re thinking about blaring heavy metal at 3 in the morning.

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