Growing up an only child (my little, and only, sister came along when I was a teenager), I had free reign of the TV. It was glorious. I got to watch all the Rescue Rangers and Rocko's Modern Life I could handle. But now, grown up with seemingly fertile friends, I'm seeing that splitting up the TV time between kids (and even fully-grown man children) can be tough. Here's one of the best solutions we've heard.
An article from Hybrid Mom showcases the secrets moms use to stay ahead of clutter. But our favorite tip had a tech-centric twist that made us think you could apply this plan to any roommate situation:
"I learned about a great idea from the women in my local Mothers of Multiples Club - "Kid of the Day." With 3 kids - twins age 4 and a 2-year-old - we had many fights over choosing TV shows, who sits in which spot in the car, etc. Now, I write each child's initial on our large wall calendar, in his or her special color, and the fighting has virtually evaporated. When there is a question, we just look at the calendar - even the 2-year-old can see that if there isn't a blue mark on that day, then it's not his day!" -mvbobs
It's a great solution for a multi-kid family. Just color in specific days on a big family calendar, and let the "kid of the day" have free reign of the TV, car radio and which movie the family watches on Netflix.
But even if you don't have kids, you can make this work with roommates. Assign Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to your Gleek roomie and assign Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays for your Top-Chef loving self. And Fridays? Don't you ever get out of the house? Geeze!