There are many reasons why you may find yourself in a shared living space and by shared we mean with other adults, not in a family situation, that’s an entirely different discussion. So whether it’s sharing as a student, or perhaps as a young professional you are going to have to learn to make the most of what space you have available between yourselves. Here is a simple guide to some of the ways we can make this more tolerable and enjoyable.
Learn To Live With Each Other
The first thing to accept is that there is inevitably going to be a period of adjustment where you need to get used to each other’s habits and quirks. Spending time together is the only way to do this, but not just at home, have a few nights out together and then you’ll know each other socially as well as being room-mates.
Decide On Décor Jointly
This could definitely end up being a divisive issue if you don’t make sure you make decisions jointly. How the place looks can be key to comfort and enjoyment living there, so it mustn’t just suit one of the parties. So unless you happen to have the same taste then compromise is essential, try choosing neutral colors and inoffensive furniture to ensure no-one is unhappy.
Make Use Of Space Wisely
Space is likely to be at a premium in a shared space and to avoid having an extremely cluttered living room then it’s probable that you will end up with more of your belongings in your bedroom. So there it is essential to be well organized and make use of storage space such as shelves and closets, this way you can have a neat, tidy and habitable pace to live in.
Have A Cooking Schedule
Cooking for one is a pain in the behind, and anyone who has lived alone will know how annoyingly difficult it is to cook small portioned meals. So why not take turns cooking and preparing meals for all of you and this way it’s not only easier, it’s cheaper and each of you will get a break as well. Hopefully, each member of the house will have a different cooking style and taste, so that you will be able to experience a variety of dishes that you wouldn’t normally have the pleasure of experiencing.
Also Schedule Use Of Communal Areas, If Necessary
One area of life, pardon the pun, that is often overlooked is the use of communal areas, such as the living room. Not on a day to day basis necessarily, but when each of you requires some time to use it alone, perhaps if you are entertaining romantically, it’s nice to have your own space. This requires a bit of coming and going on everyone’s part, if you can arrange to schedule these times and do the same in return for your housemates then it can work well for everyone.