Relationship between roommates during the early years of our lives is always a mixed bag, with a fair dosage of all kind of emotions – friendship, love, hate, anger, playfulness, bonding, annoyance – whatever one can imagine. Conflicts amongst roommates, like all other close relationships, are undeniably an important aspect of the chemistry and often requires a deft approach to make it work for developing a sustained bonding.
Though all roommates are different and have varied personality types, there are some approaches that are generally useful in most situations:
- 1. Say Sorry first – Believe it or not, most roommate conflicts keep lingering simply because both persons find it difficult to say “I’m sorry” and move on from the trivial issue that caused the conflict. More often than not, it results in both roommates realizing that the argument was not even worth fighting and leads to immediate re-bonding.
- 2. Chill over Beer – The age-old formula of taking out chilled beer bottles from the refrigerator and basking in the living room floor watching television never fails indeed. How does one debate about the conflict when one can’t remember what it was about after gulping down a few bottles.
- 3. Bitch about Boss – Everyone knows the gospel truth that nothing feels better than bitching about your boss. The sheer joy of a good long session of boss-bitching, especially if it’s a competition with your roommate, goes a long way in making one forget all about your conflict while you focus on the bigger foes and woes!
- 4. Watch FRIENDS again – This is one TV series that never fails to put you back in a cheerful wanton mood and feel blessed about your friends and roommates, no matter how woefully pathetic they might be J (Even a Joey couldn’t enjoy his solo sandwich without Chandler as his roommate, so no wonder we feel like counting our blessings)
- 5. Go to Sleep – The mantra of sleeping never fails. When you get up, you’re no longer remember what the conflict was about.
We hope that doing any of the stated things could help in easing up the tension between you and your roommate. It is common these days in Flats and PGs to acquire new problems but it is more important to resolve them in a unique way (although we recommended you both to talk with a tasty snack and a drink to ease-up things).
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