How to improve shared living with Roommate Harmony
5th March 2015
If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time you may remember the absolutely terrible time I had in my first year of university when I lived in halls (see posts between Sept 2012 and March 2013). It was the typical issues such as noisy neighbours, flat mates stealing your food, flat mates leaving the flat in a mess, everything breaking, constantly being cold, etc.
So when Roommate Harmony contacted me about their product line I was intrigued. Basically, they make products that aim to improve shared living, and they kindly sent me some over to take a look at.
Let’s take a look at each item and see how they can help in your shared living situation.
Problem: Your flat mates keep stealing all of your food.
Solution: Personalised Food Stickers.
When I lived in halls it was cheese and milk. My flat mates shared my love of dairy products and on many occasions I would return to the fridge to find my food consumed. So annoying!
These stickers can be personalised with your name, ready to stick on your food and drink that might be stolen. I really like the fun design of these, with different graphics on each for different types of food and drink. They’re super cute. I also like the fact there are “Please Share” stickers too for the times when you are feeling generous. For instance, I would stick these on a box of cakes that I had made so that everyone would know that they’re not all for me!
Problem: Flat mates not doing their fair share of the housework.
Solution: Chore Chart.
The chore chart is a dry wipe board (with a pen and eraser) that allows you to keep track of who is doing which jobs and whether or not they’ve done them. It’s split into categories (kitchen, living room, bathroom, misc.) with a few chores already listed and space to write in your own. There is also a space at the top of each column to add in the name of the person responsible.
We tried to make our own chore chart in first year but ‘someone’ didn’t realise it was there. This one is nice and large (A3 size approx.) so they would have no excuse for not seeing it!
It also has magnetic strips of the back so you can attach it to your fridge. I think this chore chart would be so useful for families too and so isn’t limited to just students.
Problem: Not being able to use pins to put stuff on the walls.
Solution: Sticky Bulletin Board.
This bulletin board is sticky on both sides meaning that you can stick it to a wall and then stick stuff on the other side. This is great if you aren’t allowed to pin stuff to your walls. You could use this to create a mood board, if you are an arty type of person, or perhaps cover it in photographs. Me? Well, I’m a lover of lists, so you’d probably find mine covered in bits of paper with lists on!
But please, please check with your halls of residence or landlord that you are allowed to use adhesives on the walls because I would hate for you to get in trouble. Don’t peel the paint off like I did once upon a time!!
Problem: Trying to plan out meals for the flat for the week.
Solution: Weekly Planner.
In our flat we plan our meals out for the week so that when we do our weekly shop we know exactly what we are buying. It’s a great way to save money too because you don’t just buy any food or ingredients, you buy just what you need.
The weekly planner could be used for planning anything, like revision, but personally I would use it for meal planning. Again, like the chore chart, the planner has a magnetic strip on the back.
(Yes, that is my handwriting. I’m practically Comic Sans MS.)
Overall, I’m really impressed with these products. I love the fun, colourful designs, and I really think students like me will love these.
My favourite? Well, it has to be the stickers. I’m going to have a lot of fun with them. Who says it has to stop at food? I might stick one on the TV remote.
What do you think of these products? If you live in shared accommodation, do you think these would be helpful?