Roomie School 101

by Jinryu

  • Respect other peoples’ property.
    • If you bring guests in, keep in mind that not everything in the apartment is yours alone.  That means that your guests’ behavior is your responsibility.
      • Either your guests clean up after themselves, or you clean up after them.
      • Your guests are not entitled to make themselves at home unless everyone who pays rent agrees– that means:
        • no, you can’t put your feet up on my couch after wearing sandals outside all day
        • no, you can’t put your feet up on my couch if your feet odors are so bad that you need to keep your shoes outside of the apartment
        • no, your guest can’t bring animals in
    • If you are using someone else’s electronics’, such as televisions, gaming consoles, etc, have the decency to put away controllers and shut them down.  Don’t leave them running idle because that’s not only a waste of electricity but it’s disrespectful.
      • If I ask you, “Please use the PS2 for DVD playing instead of the Xbox 360, since it makes no difference and I want my Xbox 360 to last longer” then use the PS2 because they’re both mine and you should follow instructions if you want to use my equipment.
  • Respect common areas.
    • Common areas, such as the kitchen and living room, are used by everyone.  Only leave things in that area that everyone will use, and use frequently.
      • Leaving your empty soda cans, water bottles, used cups/plates is a no-no.
      • Purses, articles of clothing? Nope.  That’s what  your closet is for.
  • The Kitchen:
    • Knives
      • especially expensive ones, should always be washed, dried and stowed after use.  NOTE: washed, dried, and stowed.  Just because it’s stainless steel doesn’t mean you can leave it soaking in dirty dishwater, it’s bad for the blade.
      • A knife is not a spatula– you should not be using it to stir thing.
      • You do not use the knife to cut things inside of pans, because simply, metal does not mix with metal. You’re dulling the blade!
    • Dishes:
      • I understand that not everyone has time to wash dishes after immediately eating, but if you can find time to play Starcraft 2, you can find time to wash those dishes that have had soup, meat, sauce and milk stains on them for the last three days.  Wash your dishes in a timely manner.  The best system is to wash your own worth in dishes and maybe every now and then a roomie will repay the favor.
      • If there are bugs eating off of dirty dishes, you’re a fucking slob.
      • DO use soap when you wash things.  If I can trace things on a ‘clean’ dish with my clean finger, that dish isn’t clean enough.
      • DO NOT leave wooden chopsticks soaking in dirty dish water.
    • Nonstick pots and pans:
      • DO use rubber or soft plastic utensils.
      • DO clean them immediately after use, so that sauces and things don’t dry up and so hard that you have to scrape things off.
      • DO NOT use metal utensils on a nonstick pot/pan EVER, because it damages the teflon that makes it non-stick.
      • DO NOT stack other, especially metal things, on top of nonstick pans.
    • DO put empty pizza boxes, sushi containers, styrofoam whatevers and bags in the trash when their purpose has been fulfilled.
    • If the garbage can is full, it’s full– change it.  No, it being full doesn’t mean it’s time to start pushing things down to squeeze some extra space. CHANGE IT.
  • Bathrooms:
    • DO put down the toilet seat if the women in the place are bitchy about that sort of thing.  I do it as a favor– but ladies, remember that it’s a privilege, not a right.  If I can learn to put the seat up before pissing, you can learn to put it down.  If you fall into the toilet because you take that for granted, you’re an idiot.
    • DO check the seat to see if you’ve splashed piss (or other things) on the rim of the bowl. It doesn’t take a few seconds extra to wipe it a bit with some toilet paper.
      • This rule applies especially to the ladies, who never check what goes on under the seat.
    • DO leave bathroom windows open when possible to allow for airflow and dehumidification, especially after using bathroom cleaning products.  Your bathroom fan does help, but in most cases it’s more noise than effectiveness.
    • If I see hairs longer than my own of colors not on my head in the sink, toilet or bathtub drain, you can guess who’s reponsability I think that is.
    • If you unplug my electric toothbrush for your hairdryer, plug my toothbrush back in. Otherwise, here’s a genius idea– unplug your own toothbrush from it’s plug, and plug your hairdryer there?
  • Laundries
    • DO NOT leave your laundries in the machine for an entire half day or more still wet.  They’ll stink. And, why is it my job to take your laundries out of the machine? Should I dump them on the floor?
    • DO NOT leave your dried laundries in the dryer forever.  What if someone else needs that machine?  Should I dump your stuff on the floor?
    • DO clean the dust-trap on the dryer periodically.
  • Night time!
    • DO be quieter after midnight if your roomies close their bedroom door behind it. They’re probably closing it for a reason, even if the lights are still on.
    • DO be extra quiet if a door is closed and the lights are out.
    • DO shut the fuck up after 2AM.  By 3AM, if you’re still making noise, you’re a certified douchebag and you deserve whatever’s coming to you.
    • DO be quiet when you first come into an apartment past midnight, in case anyone is already sleeping.
    • DO be quiet when you leave for work in the morning, so as not to wake up other people who might have not slept well during the night.
  • Money:
    • DO pay your rent and bills on time.If you don’t, and even if you pay your rent late by the same amount of time each month, you do not have any right to say anything in that apartment ever.  You don’t sleep in a hotel without paying. You don’t sleep in an apartment without paying rent.  If you don’t pay rent, you are at best a ‘guest’ and can shut the fuck up about everything, because you have no say.
    • DO NOT go partying, spend money on take out meals everyday, talk about buying condominiums or investing money until you are out of debt.
    • DO pay attention to your credit card balances, and do pay off your credit cards before doing anything else.
    • DO NOT try to game your debt by getting more than one credit card.  Transfering debt from one card to another to buy yourself some time isn’t something that gives you more purchasing power– it’s supposed to be an indicator that you need to reevaluate how you look at your money.
    • DO live within your means.
    • DO dream, and then go after your financial dreams through discipline.
    • DO shop around before buying expensive things.
    • DO NOT talk to other people about salaries unless you’re really careful.  You’re talking about peoples’ life work here.
      • True Story: a roomie of mine, who has held as many as four part time jobs simultaneously, and who had finally settled on one with the Royal Bank of Canada as a telephone agent, once asked me how much I make at the hospital, to which I reluctantly answered, since I don’t know her all that well and it’s more or less something one could eventually find out on the internet anyhow.  She then basically said “Huh, well, you make more than me now, but apparently when I get promoted this year, I’ll make about twice as much as you within  a year.”
        • First of all, I don’t know much about how the RBC handles their employees, but if everyone made twice as much money by the time they worked a year, then to hell with pyramid schemes.  LET’S ALL RUN TO THE BANK AND GET JOBS!  They don’t even care that we’ve never finished grade 13, they’re just doubling salaries like nobody’s business! HOLY SHIET.
        • Second of all, said roomie took a day off work a week later and just baked because, as awesome as her job was apparently, she hated her job so much that she couldn’t take it and needed a day off.
    • When it comes to investing, the first general rule of thumb is that you invest in yourself first.  That means that before you go out investing money on the next hot stock or fund, you first pay off your debts.
    • Insurance is in some cases a Good Thing, assuming we’re talking about the sort that pays for your dental work and medication.
      • If you have no dependents, and you are living at a rate that allow you to save very little or nothing, then life insurance on yourself is a total waste of your money in the investment sense.  Especially if you are in debt. If you are trying to make money by paying into insurance premiums, you’re better off investing in no-load mutual funds or similar because you have more control about how you get this money back.
    • DO shut up about having been frauded for hundreds of dollars on your credit card over the past few months because you never took the time to check your account statements.
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