We can't all have an Electrolux Design Lab Flatshare Fridge!
There's no need to inflate the power bill and keep a mini-fridge by your bed if you and your roommates would set some ground rules and follow a few of these peace-keeping tips:
- Decide upfront whether or not you are going to share food, condiments or beverages and make the house rules clear to everyone.
- When deciding whether or not to split, consider everyone's at-home eating habits. If one of you is home more than another, it won't be a fair split.
- If you decide not to share as a house, let your roommates know if there's anything of yours they can help themselves to. (In our experience, long-use fridge staples like ketchup and mustard are always easy to share.)
- If you're the one to finish off the communal ketchup, replace it.
- Give each person equal fridge space. You could decide upfront to assign everyone a shelf, but even if you don't, at least be courteous enough to not fill your entire cart up at the grocery store.
- Establish a rule that food put in the fridge needs to be covered to prevent smell and mold. Tightly wrap super-aromatic food like fish, curries and pickles.
- Label your food with stickers or a Sharpie so your roommates know to keep away from your leftovers, but also so they know who to bug if it starts to stink or mold.
- Decide as a house how often the fridge should be cleaned and how it will be cleaned.
- If it's your container that leaks or spills in the refrigerator, clean the spill, no matter who's turn it is.
- Buy communal cleaning items like baking soda and sponges upfront and split it between each other.
- Clean out the fridge once a week for rotted fruits and vegetables.