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12 Tips for Living with a New Roommate: Carol's Guide to Sharing an Apartment
Posted on Oct 20, 2014 03:00pm

Carol, Carol, Carol. Interrupting showers and using the treadmill in the living room? We know you’re no stranger to sharing an apartment, but there are a few habits we suggest you break before moving in with someone new. Have no fear—we’re here to help your roommate merger go a little more smoothly this time around. See what happens on The Millers season premiere tonight at 8:30/7:30c.

1. Have pets? Whether it’s a goldfish or even a horse, clear it with your roommate first.

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2. Just because you share a living space doesn’t mean you should forget about personal space. There are some boundaries that should never be crossed.

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3. Refrain from sending a passive aggressive message when you see a pile of dirty dishes. Confront issues in person.

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4. When you open the fridge, ask yourself: Is the leftover Chinese really mine? Have a clear grocery-sharing policy before you dig in.

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5. Avoid a caught-in-my-bathrobe situation and let each other know when guests are coming over.

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6. Make sure you knock before entering.

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7. Sometimes, all you want is silence and control of the remote. Don’t be afraid to ask for alone time.

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8. Cleaning is now a two-man job, and you will have to take a turn scrubbing the toilet.

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9. Whether you’re deciding on furniture layouts or refrigerator shelves, always remember to compromise.

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10. If you borrow money from your roommate, pay it back. They know where you live…

Two and a Half Men premieres Thursday, October 30 at 9/8c.

11. Use your words. There are few issues that can’t be resolved with good old-fashioned dialogue.

2 Broke Girls premieres Monday, October 27 at 8/7c.

12. You may not end up being BFFs, but make an effort to find a fun activity to share. You do have to live with the person, after all.

Two and a Half Men premieres Thursday, October 30 at 9/8c.