Mental Health America recommends avoiding serious roommate problems through communication, compromise, and respect.
They recommend setting boundaries with a cleaning schedule, a plan for visitors, a phone and video policy, quiet time/bedtime, plus a roommate agreement covering it all.
If problems do arise, they recommend choosing the right time for a discussion, talking in person, focusing on one problem at a time, and keeping an open mind to developing solutions together.
If problems can’t be resolved, you may need to seek alternate housing and/or another roommate, but the above strategies are very helpful in avoiding that for many.
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