Roommate Guide: Defining Common Areas
Defining Public Areas
In nearly all roommate situations, some areas will be shared, and other areas will remain private. Like expenses, this is an important issue to clearly define before your roommate moves in. For example, if your home includes 1 bathrooms, you'll have to share the one shower between each roommate, so a shower schedule may prove helpful. Other issues may include TV times in the living room and cooking times in the kitchen. It's important to let your new roommate know what you expect. You may want to consider the kitchen, living room, bathroom and dining room as public areas for all roommates.

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