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How To Have The Best Coliving Experience

Living in a shared place can be an exciting idea. However, we were not born naturally to live with strangers. We don’t always get to choose who we live with. Even when we do, we might find their real habits uncovered after we’ve lived with them for a while. Some talk too loud, some shut their mouth. Some don’t clean up after themselves, some never do dishes. Some stay up all night while listening to loud music, some leave unnecessary lights on. 

These habits were brought by the people we’re living with. When you’ve set up in your co-living space (and there’s no turning back), you’ve fallen in love with the place, but then you realize you have to face these people, all you can do is deal with it. With these tips that we are going to tell you, we can assure you coliving is the best kind of living you will ever experience!

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As cliché as it sounds, communication is essential in every kind of relationship, including co-living. Starting off from the introduction, you have to (at least try) get to know your housemates. Say hello when you pass someone in the hallway, and be friendly with fellow housemates in the public space. It might not seem as important, but these are the people you are going to meet every day. Proper and frequent communication is needed to build a bond between you and your co-living neighbors. 

Know the boundaries.

After getting along with your housemates, you might get close to them. No matter how close you are with your housemates, you should know your boundaries. Acknowledge what’s yours and what’s not. When you need something to borrow from your housemates, let them know first. You have to respect every person’s personal space and do not interfere when they or their territories don’t want to be disturbed. 

Some co-living spaces have house policies, so make sure you follow the rules you have agreed to. House rules were made to keep things in order, and obeying them can help everything go smoothly. For example, if the house has quiet hours, be sure to respect them. Do not be too loud at night since it will disturb your neighbors. Many people have a heavy schedule, so respect their sleeping time. Treat people the way you want to be treated. 

Clean up, tidy up.

While you can be comfortable in your own mess, nobody would love to step on your bread crumbs. You don’t necessarily need to be a clean freak, but you have to be considerate of the messes you make. Even though people have different hygiene standards, you should practice basic cleanliness. In this case, you might want to talk to your co-living neighbor what annoys them the most about a dirty space. Their standards might be cleaner or dirtier than you, and you can work it out by discussing the middle ground with them.

You can even set a schedule for chores, whether it is for the dishes, taking the trash out, watering the plants, etc. Arranging a schedule will make people feel even more responsible to do the chores and its a form of getting the co-living experience because the chores are not all your responsibility but everyones!

Give a helping hand.

Lending salt and pepper to your neighbors may sound old fashioned, but it is a classic and timeless example for how we always have to help our neighbors. You don’t have to put too much effort into being nice. A morning cup of coffee, doing the dishes, or offering a bite of your food are simple actions that could make someone’s day. Putting the smallest effort into doing something good will show how generous and nice you are with others. Indirect rewards may blossom from all these efforts. When you catch a cold or get hungry in the middle of the night, guess who can be your knight in shining armor? Your housemates. 

Be social.

As social creatures, people can’t go live their lives without socializing. In a space where you live with other people, they can be your new best friends to hang around. Throw a little get-together in your co-living area. Arrange a BBQ party with a couple of bottles of wine and invite your neighbors. Events like this can be your chance to establish communication and build a great relationship with them (you might end up being best friends!). They will surely appreciate your effort in trying to find out more about them and this is where a good relationship will grow. While not everyone is a social butterfly, this is a chance for everybody to know each other better and make the co-living experience even more exciting. Living at home will never bring you the same kind of experience.

Handle conflicts maturely.

Living with people from different backgrounds and cultures, conflict may arise at some points. As hard as we try to avoid conflicts from happening, it will always find a way to pop up. It is absolutely common to have disagreements while residing in co-living spaces. The important thing is how well you handle these problems. If you find something you are not okay with, talk it out with your neighbors, but do so in a mature way. Self-control is needed in this situation, so make sure you know what to talk about and how to deliver it. Getting involved in heated arguments with your neighbors will only escalate the issue and worse, it can destroy your relationship with them. You certainly don’t want to ruin a relationship with someone you meet every day. So, when conflicts arise, handle it with cool-head.  

So there you have tips to co-live happily. Enjoy yourself and make the most out of your co-living experience. The experiences you will get from co-living will be different from the ones you’re used to, and that’s a good thing. To ensure a pleasant stay for you and your housemates, it requires self-awareness. Comfort in co-living is created by holding hands. So, follow this ultimate guide for co-living and you will surely live happily in the experience of co-living. 

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