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When Roommates Disagree About Housekeeping

How to Handle a Roommate Who's Messier or Neater Than You

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When roommates have opposing housekeeping expectations, conflict often ensues.

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It's frustrating when roommates discover that they're not on the same page when it comes to how neat and clean they want their apartment to be. People who like to tidy up every day can get angry at a roommate who doesn't clean up after himself, leaves dishes in the sink or lets wrappers and soda cans stay on the living room table for days. Similarly, folks who don't mind a mess or prefer to clean up less frequently than every day can get annoyed at a roommate who attempts to impose a higher standard of neatness on them.

Ideally, you want to choose a roommate who agrees with you on housekeeping matters. But very often, things don't work out that way. It could be because two roommates didn't take the extra step of checking for compatibility before agreeing to live together, or because someone needed to find a roommate fast after paying the full amount of rent and expenses became overbearing.

If you find yourself with a roommate who doesn't see eye-to-eye with you when it comes to neatness, it doesn't have to spell the end of your living arrangement.

Get some tips for dealing with the situation in which your roommate is messier than you.

And here's some help for dealing with a roommate who's neater than you.

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