Living with a roommate is a smart financial decision, but it isn’t always easy.
Whether you're a college student, young professional, co-existing with your significant other, or are the parent of a move-home millennial, we're sure sometimes there are quirks and habits that don’t always mesh. Luckily there are a few products that can help make your co-habitating situation a little more relaxed.
Among all the products in the world, here are some of the items you should grab today:
A magnet that tells you whether the dishes are dirty or clean
If your roommate is notorious for pulling the ole “Oh I WOULD have unloaded the dishwasher but I didn’t know it needed to be done!” trick, then this handy magnet will be a lifesaver.
A hanging shower caddy
When you’re sharing a bathroom, your shower can quickly become an obstacle course. Keep bottles neatly organized with this shower caddy. Bonus: it makes it easy to dispense shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.
You can try to share dinnerware, but if you’ve got a roommate who never does the dishes, you might want to invest in your own set of plates and bowls. Make it easy to remember which ones are yours when you buy a set with a bold pattern.
Trash bags that will mask garbage odors
We’ve all had a roommate who refuses to take the trash out, no matter how smelly and overflowing it might get. If you find yourself in that situation, make it more bearable by grabbing some trash bags that help to mask the stench.
Apartment artwork that’s easily interchangeable
Trying to come up with a decorating scheme that works for both of you isn’t always easy. Skip the permanence with these kitschy photo clips that let you easily swap pictures in and out. Took some fun pictures together this weekend? Add them on the line, then replace them with more updated shots whenever you want.
What items do you use to keep the peace while living with a roommate? Share your tips with us in the comments!
Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thought Catalog, The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, and others. She’s also the co-host of The Margarita Confessionals podcast. Say hi on Twitter, @lifewithlauren1.