10 Essential Ingredients For Finding The Perfect Roommates
Can you describe your perfect roommate in less than 30 seconds?
If you're having trouble, help is on the way. The good news is
you'll be able to find the right roommates for you by creating
your own "perfect roommate recipe".
By creating your own recipe, you'll be able to find which
qualities are important to you, which in turn will help you
decide whether a person would be suitable as a roommate. The
ingredients or factors that form part of this recipe will always
be the same regardless of your current situation. It's just a
matter of finding the right combination of ingredients that will
help you find the perfect roommate for you. As each person has
different tastes, there's no right or wrong answer as everyone's
idea of the perfect roommate is different.
When putting together your recipe for the perfect roommate,
simply take these ingredients, stir and add your own twist.
Do you wish your new roommate to be male or female? Consider the
gender of existing roommates and how a male or female could
affect your existing household.
Will new roommates need to be in the same age group than you or
existing roommates? People of different ages often have
different living patterns, interests and viewpoints.
Do you prefer roommates who are non-smokers or a living
environment where roommates can choose to smoke? The smoking
habits of current roommates and their preferences will naturally
determine the smoking arrangements in each household.
Is it important whether a roommate likes a glass of wine,
prefers a beer or is a non-drinker? Keep in mind that
non-drinkers may not be happy if a portion of the shopping
budget is spent on alcohol.
Do you prefer your roommate to have a quiet, outgoing,
independent, laid back or reserved personality? Whatever your
choice, this essential ingredient will influence group dynamics
and the interaction between roommates. For example, a person who
sees their roommates as friends may feel isolated if all of
their roommates are independent and make their own plans.
Hobbies and Interests
Do your roommates need to enjoy the same type of music, like to
entertain or lead a health conscious lifestyle? Different likes
and dislikes can cause conflicts and disruptions within a
household. To ensure a harmonious living environment all
roommates should have some interests in common.
Length of Stay
Is it important that you and your roommates spend a minimum
amount of time living together? For example, deciding that
current roommates should set up a household for a minimum of a
year will help household budgeting and allows everyone to have
the same expectations.
Friends and Guests
Do you prefer roommates which have a lot of friends visiting or
living with people who meet their friends elsewhere? It's a
matter of deciding whether you prefer a busy home where people
are continuously walking in and out or a quieter living
Will your roommates need to bring or contribute any items to the
household and how much space will be available for personal
belongings? For example, if you are living in a small apartment,
a roommate with only a few personal items may be more suitable
than a person that has a 3-piece lounge set.
Do you prefer roommates that wish to form close relationships
with other roommates or should roommates be independent and want
to do their own thing? The amount of independence of each
roommate will play an important part in the development of
relationships within a household.
The advantage of this recipe is that whenever a part of your
life or living environment changes, you can simply re-create
your recipe to match your new hobbies, lifestyle or living
situation. Changing your perfect roommate recipe when you need
to will help you find the right roommates each time. Remember,
if you are ever unsure in which direction you are heading, just
ask yourself "Can you describe your perfect roommate in 30
seconds or less?"
Good luck and happy roommate hunting!