Being a Good Roommate in the Kitchen

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Sharing spaces comes with a myriad of challenges. Each room you share has its own unique difficulties when you aren’t used to sharing it with a roommate (or multiple roommates!). The kitchen can be one of the most-used and messiest of the rooms in your apartment…It’s right up there with the bathroom.

Tending to the kitchen in a mindful and conscientious way can prevent flare-ups with your cohabitors in the future. So after you cook dinner, here are some things you may want to keep in mind while you’re hanging out in the kitchen-

Don’t leave a mountain of dirty dishes – nobody likes coming home to a sink or table full of dirty dishes. At least stow them in the dishwasher if you don’t want to wash them by hand.

Crumbs attract bugs – and make roommates unhappy. Clean up crumbs and bits of food daily to prevent insects from inhabiting your space.

If you use something, replace it – it’s true, sometimes you need to borrow an egg or a cup of sugar. Or half a bag of cheetos. Just try to reimburse your roommate for what you took because grocery budgeting can get pricey.

Don’t neglect the refrigerator – others may not want to see your several week old leftovers-turned-science experiment in the back of the fridge, so try getting in a weekly routine of cleaning out the old and replacing with the new.

Consider cooking something for your roommate – not a necessity, but a nice gesture from time to time to remind your roommie that you’re pals.