15 ways to win over your flatmates
Living with flatmates can be daunting. No matter how many great jokes or interesting facts you tell, there’s this one person who just doesn’t seem to warm up to your great personality. Read our 15 ways to win over even the toughest cookie (spoiler – baking cookies is on the list).
3. Boyfriend/ girlfriend etiquette
You’ve met that special someone and you can’t bear the idea of not spending every minute together. Remember though that constantly having another person around might not be as nice for your flatmates and can quickly lead to resentment.
4. Take an interest in their life
Ask your flatmates how their day’s been and actually take an interest in what they say. If you know they’re having an important day coming up, give them a little cheer in the morning.
5. Suggest flat date nights – but know when to back off
Suggest a flat date night, where you all go out or stay in and watch a movie. Read our blog on movie marathons for some suggestions. But also allow each other their own space. Remember it’s a flat-share not a cult.
6. Be nice to their friends
When you hear your flatmate is having friends over, go and say hi. You don’t need to spend the entire evening with them but don’t be a ghost hiding in your bedroom.
7. Clean after yourself
Be respectful and clean up after yourself and while you’re at it, don’t be pedantic. If your flatmate left a cup out, wash it up as well.
10. Know your own annoying habits
We all have our own idiosyncrasies which we might think, make us adorable but can actually be quite annoying for those around us. Be aware of them and the impact they have on other people.
11. Exchange emergency information
Be each other’s emergency contact, it adds an extra level to your relationship.
12. Don’t be upset with the person for not being you
We’re all wonderfully different, so don’t get upset when your flatmate doesn’t act or think the same as you in every situation.
13. Give each other at least a few hours in the flat alone each week
If you like to have the place to yourself once in a while, whether to sit around in your pants or sing along to those 90’s classics, most likely your flatmates do as well.
14. Look after each other
When your flatmate hasn’t come home, send a text to see if they’re alright. No need to be their parent but most people like to know that if something would happen, someone will notice.
15. Communicate and compromise
And finally remember all good relationships are built on communication and compromise. So, if something bothers you talk about it but think first if it’s worth having an argument about. Living with someone else means compromise as well.
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