We’ve all had inconsiderate housemates, and some of us (myself definitely included) have even been one. But late-night noise and annoying habits aside, one thing that’s sure to rattle even the most compatible cohabitants is the cleaning issue. This is especially true when you’re feeling tired, stressed, and overworked. And when you come home after a long day, the last thing you want to do is see your roommate’s dishes piled up in the sink. (Yours, however, can stay there until you feel like doing them.) Sound familiar? The truth is, you can avoid living in a hovel—and arguing about it every time you see a crumb-laden countertop—if you get the cleaning conversation out of the way as soon as you sign the lease. Here are some points to keep in mind.
The Dirty Roommate