There’s nothing worse that a messy roommate, especially if you’re a neat freak. If you’re unlucky enough to live with someone who doesn’t have tidying come as second nature to them, it can be hard. The same is true both with collect room shares, and adult flat shares.
So how do you handle a roommate that never cleans up? Well, here are 10 tips that will hopefully make your flat share that bit more clean and hygienic. 🙂
1. Don’t Attack Your Roommate For Note Cleaning
Once you notice that there is a problem, you should talk to your roommate about it calmly. You should not attack them or be rude to them. It is important not hurt their feelings. Be mature about it and let them know that they should pick up after themselves so that everything remains tidy. This is not only good for you, but it is also for your roommate. You will not have to search for a particular item for ages if everything is where it is supposed to be. Let your roommate know that you are not happy with their behavior and some changes need to take place soon. Remember, do not condemn them. All you have to do is communicate your concerns clearly in a mature manner and simply hope for the best!
2. Be A Good Example
Try and set a good example for your roommate. Do not leave things hanging around in common areas and ensure that your space is tidy. Wash your dishes as soon as you finish eating and always make your bed. These simple things will help you set the pace in showing your roommate how to be tidy. You cannot complain about things being messy if you are also contributing to the mess. You should set high standards for yourself when it comes to being clean. This way, your roommate might actually follow your footsteps and clean up after themselves. A good idea is to set up a roommate chore chart which you can both stick to.
3. Don’t Do All The Cleaning By Yourself
Doing all the cleaning alone will not help in any way. It will simply make you angry and resentful towards your roommate. This is why you and your roommate should divide up the chores. By knowing what to do and when to do it, your roommate will gradually improve and start doing regular cleaning. This also helps in identifying who is responsible for doing the dishes, laundry or vacuuming on a particular day. Chores should be taken seriously and should not be neglected for any reason. However, this does not mean that you should do all the work alone. Once your roommate gets into the habit of getting things clean, your house will be a much better place to stay in.
4. Clean Together With Your Flat Mate
You should motivate your roommate by offering to help them clean up after themselves. You could even create a chore chart for adults and both stick to it. You can help them do their chores and they might eventually help you do yours. The idea is to make them see that cleaning up is not meant to be a burden. It can be a good time to bond and get to know more about each other. When you clean together, you will get things done much faster within a short period of times. Once you are done, you can celebrate by watching a movie and enjoying your sparkling clean room. You can set aside a time during the week for cleaning, maybe one hour during the weekends.