“Family Home Evening Helps: Roommates 101,” Ensign, Aug. 2008, 75
Living away from home with new roommates can be challenging. But there are things you can do to make the adjustment easier. Our singles family home evening group brainstormed ideas that have helped us to enjoy positive roommate experiences.
Maintain open communication. Being able to talk with roommates sincerely but with kindness is key. Initiate an apartment meeting to establish expectations for all. Earn your roommates’ trust by listening intently and being honest with them and respectful of them.
Figure out the finances. Decide who will pay which bills, if applicable, and pay your share promptly.
Keep it clean. Everyone appreciates those who do their share of the chores and keep their personal space tidy. You’ll benefit by feeling better and being more organized too. Having a clean apartment can reduce chaos and stress, thus creating an inviting environment for the Spirit to dwell. Never allow anyone or anything into your home that would negatively impact the spiritual cleanliness.
Be unselfish. Most serious students focus primarily on school and preparing for their future. This is important, but we must also remember to help one another when we can. Something as simple as folding your roommate’s laundry or helping wash dishes can go a long way in establishing a good relationship.
Learning to get along with others is a 101 course for life. And what better time to start than now?