Shared Spaces

Rules for Living with Roommates

When deciding if it is best to live alongside other people, it is important to understand all that will need to be done in order

to live successfully. Having regulations set in place while also keeping a steady flow of new ideas and changes will create the best environment for an organized home life.

The following 4 bullet points outline the most important subjects to focus on when living and sharing spaces with others:

I. Setting Rules

The house or apartment you all live in should have a concrete set of rules to follow. Examples include: Always be home by 11 pm Turn off all lights before going to bed First one up starts coffee for the rest

II. Dispersing Chores

Create a Chore Chart so that everyone can participate in simple housekeeping of the shared space. Examples include: Doing your own dishes/ laundry Keeping your own personal space/ bedroom neat and organized Take out recycling/ trash on appropriate days

III. Owning a Calendar

Keep a calendar of important events that everyone shares or knows about open to everyone to write on whenever. Examples include: Dates out with friends Church events Rent due

IV. Paying the Bills

When paying bills, one person should take ownership of being the leader in making sure that everyone contributes. Things to remember include: Having set dates for everything due Saving up everyone’s money Pitching in the help with others if low on rent

When you share spaces with another person (or people), one person needs to be designated as the “caretaker” in charge. That does not mean that the person can boss everyone around, but it is that person's job to assure that everyone is participating in the cleanliness of the common environment. Each person needs a personal space in any of the following:

- bathroom

- kitchen

- common area

Additionally, each person needs a “transition area”. This is a place where they can put keys, coats, and boots, items that go in and out most every day. It is a place where others can leave items for any of the other people living there to notice. It must be big enough to hold at least a bag and outdoor clothing. It is not a junk pile. In other words, items should not be there long enough to collect dust. Being able to maintain a welcoming and working environment will help to keep the spaces in which you live with others clean and efficient.