Resolve to be a better roommate… before Jan. 1
It’s maybe a tad on the early side to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions, but I do like to be prepared. And when I spent some time analyzing how I spent my year so far, I realized that I really haven’t been a very good roommate.
Now, I wouldn’t characterize myself as a bad roommate, either, and I think my roommate would (hopefully) agree. I’d say I’m a fair-to-middlin’ type of roommate. I do just enough roomie due diligence to stay out of trouble. What I don’t do is go the extra mile to earn Roommate of the Year brownie points.
I came up with this list of things I could do to be a better roommate. What did I leave off?
-Clean the apartment. Usually my roommate does this, but I plan to surprise her with a thorough cleaning effort the next time she is out of town.
-Having fewer houseguests. I don’t know if it’s the bad rental market in SF or expensive hotels or what, but I’ve had an awful lot of friends crashing on my couch lately. I’m going to try to say “No” to those requests of “Can I crash on your couch?” more often.
-Making time for my roommate. We’re both busy professionals, but we honestly like each other and get along great. I wouldn’t say we’re close friends, but all it would take to get us there would probably be a little hangout time. Since I have the busier schedule, as long as I make this a priority it should be possible.
Recently I read a great story about a group of four guys in New York who chose to keep living together as roommates well into their late 30s. This is definitely my inspiration to make more effort on the roommate front. Nobody likes a lousy roommate!