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4 Types of Roommates and How to Handle Them

It all boils down to how well you can adjust to different personalities

Photography: Marc Jao (Main Photo)

To save on costs, some of us prefer to share a unit with a roommate. It's a convenient choice since you can both shoulder the bills and expenses at home. The million-peso question is: can you live harmoniously together? While you're good friends and you have lots of things in common, you haven't really experienced living with each other!

Sharing a space with someone entails adjusting to his or her quirks and habits. We'd love to know: have you met any of the personalities below? How did you handle living with them?

The Hoarder

Does your roommate love to shop and buy two pieces of the same thing? Is his or her room bursting with stuff (some of which can be discarded or recycled and donated)? If you've answered yes, then you are living with a hoarder. They find it hard to let go of things—mostly because of its sentimental value. They keep tons of extra supplies, too! Wanna test? Ask them if they have an extra toothpaste or bottle of shampoo. We're betting that they will answer with a YES right away.

How to handle them: There's nothing wrong about being prepared with extra supplies. However, if you're living in a small space, you need to take into consideration how well you can maximize the available area.

Help him or her go through his or her things. See if there are any items that you can recycle, upcycle, or bring to the junk shop. The best part? Help them organize their room! Invest in quality storage pieces and consider grouping the items according to use.

The Clingy Friend

While it's fun to spend quality time with your roommate—to get to know each other better and to establish a relationship, once in a while you'd love to spend some time on your own. If you have a clingy friend, he or she will be the one to call first and set a date with you. They don't forget to ask how your day went and even plans get-togethers weeks and months in advance! It could be possible that they still miss you even if you see each other every single day!

How to handle them: Enjoy the adventures! Appreciate the effort that your friend gives in making sure that you get to spend time together. Want an even more fun way to spend time together? Suggest that you just stay at home to work on DIY projects. You can even learn a few home improvement tricks together.

Photo by Marc Jao.

The Orderly Type

You will be shy to share the space with a friend who wants everything in order: from the shoes, clothes, pantry supplies, down to the tiniest detail in the bathroom. They move in armed with baskets, bins, and different kinds of organizing and storage solutions.

How to handle them: Don't let the opportunity to learn a few organizing hacks pass you by! Ask them for a few tips so that you can both keep the house clean and organized. Be inspired to always return things to where you got them and to regularly declutter.

The Design Fan

Worried about how you will furnish your space? There's no need to worry with this person around! He or she is ready with design pegs, blogs for inspiration, a moodboard, and a list of furniture stores that you can both visit. This friend has an eye for design and can surely turn a bare space into a cozy home.

How to handle them: Motivate them more! Read about tips on how you can work around the available budget and share it with him or her. Do your research so you can also contribute ideas and pegs. Be ready with essentials that you can bring when furniture and appliance shopping.

Photo by Rene Mejia.

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