We've all been there, and many of us may be there right now: a sticky layer of hair, toenail clippings, and dear-god-what-is-that on the bathroom floor, overflowing trashcans, and the ever-popular Dish Mountain in the sink. Sharing a space with another person isn't easy, and sometimes it can turn into a nightmare. A nightmare in which someone has kept a half-eaten tuna sandwich in the fridge for the last two months.
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But luckily there are plenty of ways to vent your frustrations and at least make you feel a tiny bit better about what you have to come home to. One of those places is a LiveJournal community called Housemate Horror, where you can post rants about your living situation or just peruse the posts and feel really glad you don't live with "L," a hairstylist who decided to buy a salon chair and cut his clients' hair at home - and use the apartment's shower to shampoo their hair.
While we're on the subject, what's the best way to prevent an awful roommate situation from happening? From our many years of living with bad roommates (and cough*beingabadroommate*cough), we've learned a few valuable lessons that have seemed to help:
1. Don't leave notes or send emails - always talk in person.
2. Discuss ground rules and expectations when you move in, or, preferably, before you move in.
3. Conquer Dish Mountain before it turns into Dish Mountain Range.