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junipergirl

Ugh! The times I shared it was a nightmare. Even with plans in place people STILL would do the wrong thing. Some people were slobs while others were tidy as you go types, and the inevitable arguments would start. Some people just didn't 'get' that their food needed putting away, the milk needs to go in the fridge in hot weather! Never again!

My daughter has had the same experiences and that 35 years later than my experiences, so it seems some human natures just can't be changed.

I reckon make a list of the likes and dislikes of potential sharers and see if you can agree before moving in. eg; do you like to stay up late? (If you all do then it isn't a problem) Do you eat lots of garlic? (if you hate that type of smell the house experience is going to be tough!) etc etc.


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corinan

I have flatted for years as a student, and, while having a few not-so-great experiences (mostly one person), it was generally a lot of fun. But I did learn that males are not so good at basic tasks assigned to them, such as cleaning the fridge when I found maggots on the door seal of the fridge/freezer when they were in charge of cleaning the fridge. Apart from that, fine.

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maudiej

Except for one (involving a misunderstanding about a kombi and a firearm) I have had great flatting experiences. Sharing accommodation is how I have met some very close friends and my husband. For me its all in the very thorough (and fun for us at least) 'Audition Process' which involved a rather large basket of goodies that the applicant had to identify, match or elaborate upon. This might include a toilet brush and a vacuum cleaner brush (what are these, where do they live, how often do they get used?) a long receipt from Coles (please identify all cleaning products listed on this receipt as well as three things that can be used to make a casserole), a colour chart (please indicate colour at which milk is no longer digestible and must be replaced), a damp towel (please carry this item to what you consider its most appropriate storage place), a selection of CD's (including ones I would never play!!) (please select the CD or song you are most likely to play 1: when you in get in after a crappy day at work, 2: at 10pm in your room) ..... and so on. At the very least it started different conversations and sorted out the ones with any sense of humour. My husband and I now live in our own space but if he hadn't done that interpretive dance on how he would go about resolving conflict who knows where we'd be :-) (just kidding!!)

   

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