What Household Items To Share With Your Roommates

With Your Roommates
Moving into an apartment with roommates is an exciting time — you have an opportunity to make lasting friendships and good memories, all while enjoying the perks of sharing an apartment. However, in addition to sharing a living space, there are also some household items that you will have to share. Whether you want to save money or your living space is simply too tiny to have more than one of the same product, there are a variety of household things you can share with your roommates. Below, the property management team with Contemporary Management Concepts, LLLP, has compiled a list of typical home products that you might want to share with your housemates.

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Kitchen Items

Kitchens are often one of the most used rooms in an apartment. From cooking to grabbing a late-night snack, the kitchen will be a space that everyone in the apartment will utilize throughout your stay together. Sharing kitchen items is an easy way to save money on everyday items while also keeping clutter out of the way. If you plan to share your kitchen items with your roommates, be sure that you communicate your expectations for cleanliness, as dirty dishes are known to be a top reason for roommate disagreements. Below, we have listed a few common kitchen items that are easy to share with roommates.

  • Cups, Bowls, Mugs, & Plates
  • Pots & Pans
  • Coffee Machine
  • Silverware & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Trash Can

Furniture

When living in an apartment, the living room will be a space for communal hangouts, so expect to share the living room furniture. But, this doesn't mean that you have to split the cost of the furniture among your roommates. Before going to purchase furniture, take some time to decide on who will buy what furniture. Be careful when splitting costs, however. If someone decides to move out, this could cause conflict as to who is keeping what. Below, we go over some furniture that is often shared by roommates.

Toiletries

If you and your roommates share a bathroom, you might also be sharing toiletries. If this is the case, it is important to come up with who will replace the shared toiletries and how often this replacement needs to happen. Alternatively, creating a budget that outlines how much everyone will chip in and then buying the items in bulk works as well. While there are certain things in your bathroom that you should keep to yourself, including towels, razors, and your toothbrush, as sharing these could pose a health threat, the items below are commonly shared between roommates.

Cleaning Supplies

With multiple people going in and out of the common areas, your living spaces can quickly become dirty. When it comes time to clean, separate and divide chores among your roommates. Try dividing the chores weekly, so everyone has something different to do each week, or come together and decide on who should have which specific responsibilities based on everyone's chore preferences. Here are some items every apartment should have to make cleaning day go smoothly.

  • Mop
  • Broom & Dustpan
  • Paper Towels
  • Vacuum
  • Multi-Purpose Cleaner
  • Trash bags
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Window Cleaner
  • Bathroom-Specific Cleaners

Electronics

When sharing a living room and other common spaces with roommates, expect to also share electronics. While this mostly means the TV, this can also include stereo systems, VCRs, and DVD Players. If you have a gaming console or another piece of expensive electronic equipment that you don't want your roommates using, make sure to communicate this with them, so they know that your item is off-limits. Other, smaller items to share include the following.

  • String Lights
  • Standing Lamps
  • Plug-In Air Fresheners
  • Microwave
  • Air Fryer
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