Getting a Roommate? Check Out These 4 Helpful Tips!

It can be a lot of fun to move in with a roommate. It’s like a never ending slumber party! Although adjusting to how someone else lives can be a bit challenging and may seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to feel that way! We have 4 helpful tips to remember that can help make it a successful transition! 

Give Them Their Own Space And Create Boundaries

Sometimes you just need your own space which is completely understandable. When you are living with someone else, it can be difficult at times to feel like you have that. Respecting each other’s space is extremely important in making sure that everyone can live comfortably. Such as when a bedroom door is closed, knock before entering. Dedicate an area in every room where each person can place their belongings. For example, if you have a strict diet, find a shelf in one of the cabinets that you can dedicate as your own for your food. 

Communication Is Key

As mentioned before, it can be challenging learning how other people live and adjusting to it. How they do something may be completely opposite of how you do it. Learning to communicate with each other when something bothers you is key. Pent up frustration can lead to bigger problems. If they play their music too loud, kindly ask them to turn it down. Approach each situation with a possible solution because while the music may be too loud for you, it may be their way of relaxing after a long day. Find ways to meet in the middle and do what you can to create a positive atmosphere.

Make Time For Each Other

When you live with someone, it is important to dedicate time to each other. This does not mean you have to hang out with them 24/7. You each have things going on and with the hecticness of life, you may not be able to see them often. This may make you feel like you are losing touch. Whether it is having dinner once a week or having a movie night every other weekend, it can be beneficial to establish a weekly event with each other so you can catch up.

Create A Schedule

Creating a schedule can be a lifesaver. While it is not always the most fun thing to do, housework is inevitable!  Create a schedule distinguishing who does what chores and on what days so there is no confusion. This is not to say that you cannot give them a hand if they get caught up in the whirlwind of life. It helps keep everyone accountable and your apartment nice and clean. The same thing goes for payments. Find a tool to help remind you about when rent and other bills are due such as a calendar! Once again, this can help keep everyone on track. 

Living with a roommate can help you grow as a person. You will learn alot about yourself and your habits. Staying organized and communicating with each other is sure to benefit you and your roommate in the long run! 

Organization Hacks To Help You Save Room In Your Apartment

Do you ever feel like you have more stuff than you do space to put it all? I think we’ve all been there! We must admit, there is nothing better than finding a hack to make your life a little easier and to help you solve that issue! Check out 6 tricks to help you save space and keep organized!

1. Shower rings in the closet

Clothes are often the biggest culprit for taking up so much space, especially when sweater weather arrives. What if we told you that shower curtain rings can help you with this problem? Yes, you read that right! The rings you use in the shower to hang your shower curtain can actually be used to help you save space in your closet. Hook as many of the rings as you can on your hanger and hang the clothes from the rings! This is the perfect way to hang light clothing items such as tank tops, bathing suits, and belts. Not only does this give you extra space by using less hangers but keeps everything nice and in order. 

2. Fridge Bins

The fridge is another common area that can feel like it gets crowded pretty quickly and sometimes it feels like there is just not enough drawer space to put everything. Well we can solve that! Let’s call it a DIY Drawer! Fridge bins are bins that you place in your fridge that act as a makeshift drawer! This way you can keep your fruits, veggies, dairy products, etc all in one organized container. Those days of digging deep into the fridge will be a thing of the past!

3. Lazy Susan

If the bin idea just does not seem like it is for you when it comes to making room in your fridge, try the lazy susan hack! Place a lazy susan on the top shelf and store your condiments such as ketchup, mustard, and salad dressings on there. These are bulkier items so this hack will save you space on the other shelves of your fridge and all you have to do is give it a quick spin! It is a convenient way to find what you need quickly.

4. Baskets

Baskets are your best friend when it comes to organization. They are a convenient place to store blankets and pillows in the living room, your pets toys, kids arts and craft supplies, and so much more! Not only are they great for storage but they will not be an eye sore and distract your guest from the overall look of your place. They look cute and can fit in perfectly with your apartment decor! 

5.Plastic shoe holder in the pantry, linen closet, etc

Who said plastic shoe holders have to be just for shoes? Hang one of these in your linen closet and keep anything from extra towels to cleaning supplies in there! It stays hidden and out of the way but it has multiple slots so you can store a decent amount of items in there and it is easy to access when it’s cleaning day!

6. Labels

If you are really into keeping everything organized, you may want to invest in labels! Labels are extremely helpful when it comes to keeping track of where things are especially in busy places like the fridge! Not to mention, it is a time saver when you are in a rush and need to grab what you are looking for quickly. You can purchase your own label maker on Amazon

Hopefully these tips & tricks can help you stay organized! There are so many more that you can use to make life a little simpler. What are some of your favorite hacks? Share them with us!