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Roommate relationships can be some of the trickiest relationships to navigate in life. They can be temporary and casual, or they can lead into a lifelong friendship. Whatever the outcome, in order for them to function smoothly, these relationships require thought and care.
- In order to avoid disappointment, don’t have an expectation that you’ll be best friends.
- Communication is key. Learn about each other so you can avoid unnecessary conflict.
- Establish clear boundaries that allow space for social and alone time.
- Create a shared calendar to schedule use of the common areas.
I have the best roommates in the world! It creates a fun sense of family… and that’s really important to me. Things can get so lonely without it. -Kristen Bell
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Talk About It
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
- Have you had roommates before? What have been the best and worst parts of those relationships?
- Do you know your own love languages? What can you learn from not only knowing your own love languages but the love languages of those you interact with daily?
- Do you have a place where you can go to “recharge” or relax away from everyone? Is it in your house or do you have to leave to go do it?
- What type of boundaries help you the most? Do you need physical space away from people, or maybe just some quiet, or something completely different?
- How can you be intentional with your roommate(s)? What can you do to plan for a smooth and functional living situation?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.