( ) Posted: 20/07/12 03:03 PM, by Moving in with friends? Read this first!
When I first moved to Johannesburg I was unsure about my future, but I took the journey to the City of Gold with half my belongings and stayed with a family friend. I was obviously not going to stay there forever so I started looking for a place of my own.
A friend of mine had also moved up from Durban a year before and had her own place. She offered that I stay with her until I found my own place.
But she’s my friend so that’s cool
Things turn sour
A lesson learnt
So how do you make the most of bunking with friends? Here’s my checklist:
• Choose who you move in with carefully: Do your personalities match? Do you share similar views on politics, fashion and religion?
• Is your roommate in a relationship or single? Yes it may be a lame question but it’s important to know if you will be spending your time with him/her or with a couple.
• Before you move in, draw up a set of house rules. These include guidelines about noise, taking out the bin and respecting each other’s spaces.
• Communicate: Don’t assume that your roommate is fine with you borrowing her stuff or using her creams.
• Draw up a cleaning and cooking roster: If you decide to share food, then draw up a roster of who cooks and cleans when. For example, if I cook, you wash the dishes and vice versa.
• Respect each other’s space: Yes you’re friends but sometimes people want to be alone and quiet. If your roommate needs alone time, give him/her alone time.
Commune living can be fun too
If living with a friend doesn’t work out, consider moving into a commune. The nice thing about communes is that most of the time, cleaning and laundry is taken care of so these things won’t be a problem. The other positive of a commune is the ‘lock up and go’ culture; you do your own thing on your own time. But remember, house rules still apply.