Keeping the peace with your housemates

Living with new people can be challenging. Everything from paying the bills, cleaning up the house or even having visitors over for a period of time can be a cause for disagreements. But sharing a home — and rent — is becoming more commonplace as individuals start leaving their home nest to strike it out on their own in a foreign land. A peaceful co-existence, however, may not be too hard to achieve.

Communicate
Be sure to live with people you can talk to easily. Regardless of how close your relationship is, you need to be able to tell each other when you are upset by something at home.

This also ties into divvying up the responsibilities. When it’s just two people, a 50-50 split is easy to achieve. Modern appliances like the Electrolux Ergorapido BRC vacuum, with its lightweight grab-and-go design makes it easy to clean the home anytime, no matter whose turn it is.

Agree on the bills
It can be messy trying to figure who uses what more, so the easiest thing when it comes to paying the monthly bills is simply to split it evenly.

Groceries, however, can be more personal. Be sure to agree from the start on how to handle groceries. If one person tends to eat more than their fair share, you may want to avoid sharing and splitting food costs. The same goes for someone who may love to cook and throw regular dinner parties.

You’ll also want to avoid eating your roommate’s food without asking — it’s as bad as not doing your share of the chores. The best way to avoid confusion may be to shop separately, with different sections of the fridge for each other’s groceries.

The Electrolux Flexfresh refrigerator is designed with flexible shelving that allows you to easily organise your groceries into different sections to avoid mix ups.

Respect each other’s space and things
Always be respectful of your roommate’s space. Boundaries can be blurred when living with family, so you may need to take extra care when living with others. Always knock first, and be mindful of each other’s lifestyles. Your roommate may not be a morning person, or they may not appreciate you bringing guests home.

Elizabeth Png is the brand and consumer communications director for Electrolux Vietnam. She can be contacted at elizabeth.png-reade@electrolux.com