Who knew that at this point in life, of living on your own or with your spouse and kids, you may be reverting back to having a roommate??
Excerpted from DSMP Director, Dr. Chantay P. White's article "The Reality of Living with a Roommate" are some great 'Tips for living in the field' which will help smooth out any wrinkles that may arise from sharing tight quarters with a roomie:
Space: be considerate. You each get 1/2, it's that easy unless otherwise mutually
Permission: the golden rule is to ask permission before using your roomie's personal
items; no exceptions.
Shhhhh: it comes down to negotiation. Schedule when "quiet times" and "activity
hours" are, then respect them.
Cleanliness: it's next to godliness, or so the saying goes. But there's no need to be a
'god/goddess' but you do need to keep your space clean. Agree upon the
cleanliness expectation from the beginning.
Moola: talk money from the start; decide how the common household items will
be divied up
Listen: be a good listener; be patient; make comprimises; be understanding; be
asssertive (not passive or aggressive)
Communicate: Don't let things fester. Repectful communication to solve conflicts
that may arise, will go far to make a happy home. Agreeing on mutually
acceptable "rules" for living together will make having a roomie more fun!