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Living alone changes with roommate

Published 11:05am Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Well, it was fun while it lasted.

I’ve had about two months or so to settle into my routine and embrace the concept of living in my own place, going about my day-to-day life as I see fit, and this guy is about to come and turn all of that upside down.

Yep… I’m getting a roommate. Life as I know it is officially over.

All right, let’s get serious here. To be honest, I’m actually excited.

The guy in question is one of my best friends, which is something I’ve never said about any roommate pre-cohabitation. I went to college with him, and, while neither one of us would care to admit it, we’re pretty alike.

On the surface, it sounds like this is going to be a good arrangement.

But having known the guy for a few years, I’m aware that he has a horror story or two about past roommates.

If anyone has taken the roommate route, then chances are you also have a story or two you’d like to forget as well. I know I do.

But having had to share a living space with a variety of people (college does that to you), I feel like I’ve picked up a few tips along the way that helped me and may perhaps help a reader who’s facing a similar situation.

For example, I’ve found that early on in the roommate experience, it’s helpful to take some time and just talk to your roommate.

Get to know him or her. Find out what he or she is like, and so on. After all, you don’t want to feel like you’re living with a stranger.

Secondly, and this can be accomplished by carrying out the aforementioned step above, find out each other’s pet peeves and set ground rules if need be.

This way, you can alter your not-so-good habits to accommodate your roommate. Perhaps you don’t like change, but I personally like having help when it comes to paying bills so being a little cleaner from time to time isn’t a hard pill to swallow.

Third, find out your roommate’s schedule.

For example, you may be an early riser, but your roommate works at night or just keeps late hours. It may be helpful to adapt to each other’s daily routine.

Lastly, be straightforward about your expectations.

I’ve already stated, in no uncertain terms, that so long as he pays his half of the bills and doesn’t break anything, I don’t really care what he does.

Besides, I know him pretty well so I don’t think I have much of anything to worry about unless he completely changes his act on me.

Wouldn’t that just be the icing on the cake?

Ah, well. Whatever happens, I’m sure that what I, along with others, have termed as “Operation: Odd Couple” will have its ups and downs.

No roommate situation is perfect but hey, it’ll be fun while it lasts — or until he misses his half of the bills.

I hope he likes Jay-Z.

Bailey is sports editor for The Outlook.