Are You a Terrible Roommate?
We’ve all had roommates. Some of them are great. Some of them are horrible. Most of the time, they’re a little bit of both. We always think we’re not to blame, but if any of the things below sound familiar, YOU might be the terrible roommate.
Each of these pet peeves were submitted through our Facebook page or messaged to us. Some were combined for being similar. Join the venting session on Facebook or Twitter!
There are the people who don’t seem to know how to use the kitchen.
- The one who consistently left dirty dishes in the sink or on the counter and never cleaned them or at least loaded them in the dishwasher.
- The one who would spill sticky things (sauces, drinks, cleaning stuff) on the counters or floors and wouldn’t wipe them up so they would dry and get crusty by the time I got back.
- The one who always left an inch of coffee in a mug on the counter which would stain all my mugs by doing so.
- The one who never sorted the recycling or took out the trash, but had no issues adding to the pile or garbage.
- The one who never cleaned the stove top after their pots would boil over.
- The one who would never threw out their moldy food in the fridge.
- The one who would refuse to hand wash my expensive pots/pans/knives.
Then there are the people who have no problem violating community space.
- The one who never slept in their bedroom, but on the couch every single night.
- The one who left all the hair they shed in the shower attached to the wall.
- The one would would blow dry their hair in the bedroom we shared every morning at 6am…and then got offended when we asked them to stay in the bathroom to do that.
- The one who always left the lights even when they weren’t at home or in the room using them.
- The one who always left clothes sitting in the washer and dryer.
- The one who would leave a window or door open for long periods of time when the air conditioning was on.
- The one who kept parking in the wrong driveway.
- The one who never contributed to paying for communal items like toilet paper and kitchen products.
- The one who would always adjust the thermostat to save energy making the house very hot or very cold, depending on the weather.
- The one who would unplug every light or appliance when it wasn’t in current use, yet when Christmas rolled around, they would leave the tree lit 24/7.
- The one who never told me when they’d have an overnight guest so I’d walk into the kitchen to see random people at my table.
Straight out of a David Fincher movie, there’s the actual Gone Girl
- The one who kept leaving the state (and the country) for a weeks time and not telling me.
And then there’s the roommate submissions that were too terrible to be contained to one sentence:
— One time I did some meal prep for myself that should have lasted for three or four lunches. I left the house to run an errand and left my food on the counter to cool off because it was too hot to put into the fridge immediately. When I got home, the roommate had eaten almost the ENTIRE thing. No explanation or excuse. Still baffled at why they thought that was okay. I made them choose between giving me $20 or buying all the same ingredients again. They paid me $20.
— I have one roommate who is incredibly inconsiderate in general, but always LEAPS out of my way if I walk into the kitchen and she’s doing something. As if i’m plowing into her space and she’s acting oh so deferential and accommodating by audibly saying “OH! exCUSE me!” and jumping out of the way. It’s a weird thing but annoys the crap out of me. The same roommate is oh so blasé when her cat PEES on my BED. Which has happened approximately EIGHT. TIMES. Her cat which, by the way, she did not ask us if it was ok for her to bring into the house. A cat which, by the way, her boyfriend is allergic to. (He also lives with us.)
— I lived with one (white) roommate for a year who had a thing for Hispanic men – not at all the issue here. However they would bring someone home and proceed to have incredibly loud sex with them and shout “Ay Papi!” at three in the morning. Our beds shared a wall.
— Around the time the swine flu was going around in 2010, one of my roommates got really sick for multiple days. Her family lived nearby, but she continued to stay in the dorm. On that Friday, she texts us that she’s going home for the weekend. My other roommate and I walk into our room after classes to discover she’s left every single one of her dirty, snot-filled tissues on her bed or desk. We looked at each other, I said, “oh hell no” and and stuck my hand inside a plastic bag to pick up all the tissues to throw away. I emptied an entire bottle of spray Lysol spraying her bed, desk, closet, and anything else she may have touched. Was it excessive? Probably. But neither myself nor my third roommate every got sick.
But for every crappy roommate, there are also some pretty great ones.
- The one who will watch mindless tv for hours on Sundays without judging…. bring on every show on TLC!
- The one who will listen when I need to vent about anything.
- The one who will leave where they are to bring me a key if I lock myself out.
- The one who will chill while we cook dinner and chat about our days.
- The one who became a workout buddy and we mutually held each other accountable.
- The one who won’t judge you for wearing the same clothes two days in a row.
- The one who won’t judge you for staying up until 3 a.m. watching Twilight.
- The one who will send you cute animal pictures when you’re having a bad day.
- The one who understands your need for house rules and helps you come up with them.
- The one who kills the spiders for you.
- The one who won’t judge you if it’s Friday at 6 p.m., and you’re already in your pajamas eating cookie dough and drinking wine.