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Many People, Little Space

Let’s face it, you love spending time with people, whether it is spending time with your family at home, your friends at the bar or park, or your coworkers at lunch, but what happens when there is no way to escape all of these people? I currently am living in my first house—a small house with six other people—and although it can be difficult to not have any privacy, it can also be a lot of fun and if you follow a few simple tips to living with housemates, it can be a very rewarding experience for everyone.

I suppose I should introduce myself first. My name is Alex, and I am Rohit Group’s newest marketing co-op student for the summer. This is my first of what will surely be many more blog postings.

KEEP THE KITCHEN CLEAN
As I have learned through a few years living in a university residence and more recently in a seven person house, keeping common areas clean will definitely go a long way towards making sure that your experience is a good one. The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house, so having a clean kitchen to comfortably make food in with your housemates will make you a far happier person. It’s as simple as that.  Believe me; one of the last things you want to deal with is picking someone else’s soggy noodles out of the sink just so you can wash your own dirty dishes. It really does not take a whole lot of time to wash the few dishes that you use, or to wipe the counter when you’re done using it. With everyone putting in those couple minutes extra, the clean home will be a far nicer, more pleasant place for everyone to spend their time.

GET OUT
Don’t actually run away, but make sure that you don’t go stir-crazy from spending all of your time cooped up in your room either. Especially over the summer, there are plenty of reasons to get out of the house. Start running or biking and explore your neighborhood, walk to the grocery store for small purchases, or join a recreational sports team with other friends, and you will soon see that your world is far bigger than your bedroom. Also, consider joining a club or taking a fun class like pottery or yoga and make connections with other people, so that you get a chance to hang out with people other than your housemates. As awesome of people as they may be, there are so many other great people in this world that you just haven’t met yet….so get out there!

RELAX
My final tip for you is to just relax, because things rarely go according to plan. You may get in arguments with your housemates or you may get stressed out with school or work, and taking out that frustration on the people you live with is never a good solution. Things will almost always work out in the end, and being able to share all of the good things in life with your housemates will create a far nicer atmosphere in your home. Go with the flow, and see where it takes you!

Despite all of the things that could maybe sort of go a little bit wrong, if you follow these tips, living with roommates and housemates will lead to some of the best friends and favourite memories you will have! Be young, have fun, and go for it. The experience will be like no other!