6 Reasons Why Living With A Roommate Is So. Damn. Hard.
Living with roommates can be awful. It's not that you don't like your roommates because they're actually pretty awesome people.
More so, it's just that living with your friends can be tough sometimes. Here's why:
1. They invade your personal space:
There are things everywhere. Is that pair of jeans slowly creeping over to your side of the closet? Yes, it is. Is that your jar of Nutella? No? Then WTF is it doing on your shelf?
When you live with roommates, everything gets mixed together. Half of the time, you can't remember what's yours and what's theirs. It drives you nuts.
You don't want to accidentally use something of theirs, but at the same time, you don't want to forget what's yours.
You begin to wonder why you can't just make some boundaries with tape and have all your things stay magically separated.
2. You can't escape their annoying quirks:
Your friends are awesome and you love hanging out with them, but let's face it: They can be super annoying.
There are things about them that drive you absolutely nuts. You need a break from them every once in a while.
When you're friends with your roommates, you can't really point out all of the annoying things they do wrong. You don't want to hurt their feelings and have them get mad at you because that would just be 10 times worse.
3. It's super awkward when their other friends are over:
Just because you're friends with your roommates doesn't mean you're friends with all their friends.
So, when they have some non-mutual friends (or the person on whom one of them has a mega crush) over, it's kind of awkward.
You don't want to crash their time together because that just leads to the third-wheel feelings, but at the same time, you don't want to stay holed up like some sort of weirdo recluse. You don't know what to do and it drives you bananas.
4. You can't go to bed/get up like you want:
If you think that midnight is late for getting to bed (like me), but you live with night owls, it kind of sucks. You feel bad about going to bed first because you know your roommates are staying up. But, at the same time, the fact that they're staying up annoys you.
Does the TV volume have to be that loud? You're trying to sleep. Why is he or she typing so loudly at 2:30 in the morning? Is that really a phone conversation right now?? You're TRYING TO SLEEP!
And, at the same time, when you get up at 8:30 am, you have to be super quiet because they are trying to sleep. (But how? This room is filled with light! How?) You just want to get up and get the day started, but you can't.
5. They make you hyper aware of all of your flaws:
To be honest, you're a super messy person. The Nutella that is invading shelf space is actually probably yours. Your clothes are everywhere. Your papers are everywhere. Your roommates make snarky comments every once in a while, too.
They say things like, "You could probably find that paper faster if you threw things out" or "These jeans are cute — can I have them since they're on my side anyway?"
It makes you feel super bad about your habits because you know it bugs them, but at the same time, you can't change over night.
6. You're living with other people:
You and you're roommates are different people. You come from different backgrounds, you've had different experiences and all of you are set in your ways.
It's tough to get used to living with people who are different that you — there's no doubt about that. However, ultimately, it's worth it. You have people to go out with and marathon-watch "Harry Potter" with on the weekends.
You have people who will share Pinterest boards, clothes and food with you. At the end of the day, having roommates is actually pretty awesome.