Conflict And Dishes! Living In A Shared House As A Young Professional

Updated: Mar 6


It's a necessity for most of us, when we can't afford to move into our own home, we end up living in a shared house. While it can be a very exciting time in our lives, when we have lives to lead, things to do, and jobs to go to, how can we best cope with an environment where we can't watch the TV when we want, get to sleep at a good hour, and there are so, so many dishes in the sink?!

Make The Most Of Your Bedroom Space

You might think that barricading yourself in the bedroom is not a particularly productive way to spend your evening, but if you are working long hours, and your concentration is in tatters, you have to make your bedroom space a welcoming and relaxing environment. Usually, a shared house means that we keep our stuff piled up in a corner, but this is clutter, and clutter is stressful.

Try And Live With People You Trust

Sometimes we don't get to live with people we trust, but if life throws you in a direction where you are being hit with conflict on a regular basis, it's not particularly fun. When we are navigating our 20s, we can face conflict in many different forms, and when we struggle to cope with these conflicts, even if it becomes a physical altercation, it's not always something that a personal injury lawyer, or legal help can even help with. Conflict is one of the biggest components of living in a shared house, unfortunately, but it's learning how to progress forward from these conflicts. Living with someone that you trust will always throw up issues, but if you trust them, then you could get over these problems.

Of course, this would be great, if only for the dishes! While we can set up a load of house cleaning duties on a laminated piece of paper, life gets in the way and no doubt there will be housemates that view this as a very childish approach to creating some sort of order. But, let's face it, these people don't like the idea, because they won't go through with their part of the bargain. Living with other people throws up so many different types of conflict, but the most common one is over dishes. You can either do your own dishes and that's it, at which point everybody becomes selfish, or you can all work together as a household. There are a lot of problems that arise, and you'll find your own way, but when you live together with other people, trust has to be at the foreground.

If you don't trust each other, then it's going to be a very difficult environment. Living as a young professional with other people can be difficult, and we feel that we may have bid goodbye a lot of the childish issues when we were at college, but unfortunately, we carry a lot of these problems into our adult years. This is why it's better to be prepared for conflict in this environment. But, you may have a wonderful time. And look at it this way, even if you live with some nightmare roommates, you will have some stories to tell a few years down the line!

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