Tenant of the month: Why organisation is so important?
Once you have decided to share a flat or a house with other people you have to be able to deal with different situations, mainly with a variety of personalities and cultures living under the same roof as you.
Some people literally get used pretty fast when sharing with other 3, 4, 10 flatmates the kitchen, bathrooms and other common areas, but some people definitely can’t deal very well with sharing.
So what’s the best solution in this case?
Face it: if you don’t like sharing don’t even consider it as a good idea. On the other hand, if you really enjoy living together with other flatmates, you have to follow the rules and make sure your colleagues are on the same page, otherwise your house will become a mess. Common sense is not an easy task when you live with too many people.
Filipe de Melo, one of TLS’ tenants is a great example to all people currently sharing flats and houses. He is living in a flat with fifteen flatmates from different nationalities such as Japanese, English, Greek, French and he is taking care of the property where he lives.
The 31-year-old Portuguese Sound Engineer decided to take ownership of all issues surrounding the common areas in the property in order to solve problems quickly and live in a good atmosphere. He became a sort of “property leader” bringing some ideas on how to live better in community. “When I moved in to this property in November, the tenants living there were very messy people, without any organisation” he mentioned to our marketing department during the interview for the Tenant of the Month.
Filipe added “because of the bad behaviour of the tenants, the kitchen was a mess. They didn’t respect the shelves on the fridge or followed any rule. When you are living together with other people, you have to be organised”.
The solution led by Filipe and another flatmate was to create spreadsheets and notes to all the tenants, placing on the common areas – mainly kitchen. This change was substantial to change even their relationship with each other for better. “We have a Japanese lady living with us and eventually she makes sushi for us. The relationship with my flatmates are amazing now, we hang out together and we are now very organised”, says Filipe.
To sum up, the organisation at the property you will live depend essentially on how you and your flatmates will handle the common areas.