How To Keep the Roommate Relationship From Getting Strained

2 min read This time can be challenging for you and your roommates. Don’t let these chaotic times be represented in your household.

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Photo Credit: (Luke van Zyl) Due to COVID-19 restrictions, many of the benefits one could experience while living in a University-run apartment became quite limited.

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By Michael Aaron Coopersmith | mcoopersmith@radford.edu

I think back happily to my semester before COVID-19 when I chose a Radford University-run apartment with my friends. I was satisfied that my final year at Radford University would not be riddled with Muse’s decaying infrastructure or require a small space to be shared with another person, among other common issues.

Unannounced change seems to be the underlying theme of the year.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, many of the benefits one could experience while living in a University-run apartment became quite limited. The experience of having guests come over or participating in communal activities with roommates has disappeared for the time being.

By keeping the apartment clean, it helps create a better and healthier living environment.

I recall a period of chaos while trying to adapt to living together, while the number of positive COVID-19 cases spiked around Radford; there was a sense of distrust between each roommate in the apartment.

Yet, I do emphasize the word “adapt.” There were specific methods that we integrated into our apartment life.

We concluded that we needed to work on invoking a dialogue by Micro-managing, which wasn’t the answer, but a system where we would rely on each other and present problems before the entire apartment was necessary.

We then discussed the delegation of chores between roommates, such as cleaning and maintaining the apartment. By keeping the apartment clean, it helps create a better and healthier living environment.

We alternated between daily chores according to a chore list. One example was putting the dishes in the dishwasher. We needed to keep hygiene standards up so that the relationship between roommates didn’t become strained.

I find that an open relationship between roommates is necessary to maintain, especially during these trying times.

One of the few things that I do with my roommates is to cook for them once a week. Since I’m cooking large quantities, I didn’t have to worry about food spoiling.

One of the few things that I do with my roommates is to cook for them once a week.

Another benefit of cooking for three people is that it gives me the chance to improve my craft and get feedback from people who won’t offend me.

These times can be challenging for roommates, but by setting a clear dialogue, establishing boundaries, delegating responsibilities, and finding a way to have communal activities will significantly improve roommate morale.

We can hope that chaos doesn’t arise in your dormitory or apartment by proceeding with these concepts.