Living on your own for the first time can be very difficult financially. One way to help with finances is to get some roommates like some friends or classmates instead of going in on a place on your own. However, often times your lovable and fun roommates can be quite messy when it comes to house cleanliness.
One of the first things to be established at your new place is hygiene. Hopefully this will be a simple ground rule to lay out that everyone can agree on. Also, be sure to lay out what is acceptable when it comes to cleanliness.
Make it clear that everyone is to keep their messes in their own personal rooms. When it comes to the other shared areas such as the kitchen, try implementing a 48 hr rule.
A chore list is a great way to keep everything in line and everyone get along. This list will be helpful when raw foods have been left out or the toilet is clogged.
When living with new roommates it is important to respect each other and everyone’s living habits. In doing so everyone will need to remember that they need to change some of the things they are use to doing to make the house a more comfortable place for everyone.
Another thing is to make sure you are all clear on ground rules for personal items like dishes, food, and other things. Another important discussion to have is about acceptable behaviors in the house. Having these conversations can avoid a lot of problems in the future.
Make sure to bring up money as well. While it too is an awkward topic, the rent and utility bills still need to be paid and everyone needs to chip in.
One way to keep everyone responsible is to make one person in charge of collecting the money and paying the bills each month. Just be sure they aren’t spending the money on their own personal things.