The Reality Behind Chandler and Joey: Cohabitating Outside of Family

Very rarely does one move out alone. Rewind back to Stephanie a couple of weeks ago. It took her a decade and a dozen roommates to live on her own. That’s not to say there aren’t the few golden geese out there who land a top salary job right away and can afford such solitude, but for most of the brave who head out – roommates are a financial necessity.

It’d take another month to go through all the ways we come about roommates but we’ll focus on the two most common; friends and Craigslist (and whatever replaces that in ten years time). Living with either has its ups and downs. Both can wind up being insane, distant relatives of Oscar the Grouch or as sociable as a potato. The Roommates by Stephanie Wu explored many tales of these horrendous encounters like guy who had two new roommates not only leave him to fend off bed bugs alone but also broke their year lease, or the group of dudes who took in a smelly guy that soon left owing $1,500, or of course the girl who had to deal with a pig who transformed white carpet to pitch black. That sounds like what Stephanie had to endure when her nice home turned into a party domain covered in vomit and beer. Things got so bad she woke up to a rat on top of her chest. That’s when she knew it was time to jump ship and head onto her next destination.

Not all stories could fill a horror novel though. The Roommates also tells good tales too like the one about who we’ll call E. She moved from Texas to the Big Apple and met a nice girl named Jamie through where else? Craigslist. The two wound up living together for four years and are still great friends today. I like to think they were in one another’s weddings and their children are growing up believing they’re cousins.

That’s the thing, you just never know with strangers if it’s going to wind up a positive or negative situation. People may assume that’s not the case with friends but that can sometimes be worse. It’s one thing to hang out with your buddies, it’s a whole different story when you live together. Bad habits fly high at home and you start to notice things more when you’re constantly feet away from them. It can start to drive you insane and for some, it may wreck the ship. So think twice before signing a lease with anyone or ones.

One roommate is hard enough, but two can be a little awkward. This can be especially true when the numbers are odd – someone is always out and sides always have to be taken. You’d think adults could figure things out but you’d be surprised what small things in a shared living space could start a mini silent treatment battle that ultimately leads to an all out war; dirty dishes, overnight guests, you name it – people will find a reason to fight over it.

That’s why you have to do a little mental maturing because when you live at home, you’re not acting as grown as you could be and those spats with your younger brother over the remote may seem normal but when you’re picking fights over laundry with someone you just met or a friend, take the rational road. It’s cheaper if you do.

The Highs and Lows of Roommates

  1. Zillow did a poll back in 2012 and it showed that adults living with someone other than their partner was 32%. This was all due to rising costs. It pays to share space.
  2. 54% of you surveyed admit that it isn’t always perfect but at least no one has been murdered.
  3. With that said, almost 70% of you would opt to live alone.
  4. However, 61% admitted that it’s nice to have someone to split those pesky bills with.
  5. The same amount of you that love having someone to share expenses with agreed that your roommates inability to do housework has to be the biggest low.

Come tomorrow we’ll hear from a trio of childhood friends who manages to make it work as besties and roommates, my clean but closed approach will come in the middle, sitcoms will then take over as the week ends with the best ways to bond with your roomies whether they be friends or perfect strangers.


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