Archive | January 2014

Etiquette For Sharing A Condo With Someone

With the prices of condos skyrocketing, it makes a great deal of sense to share rent with other would-be occupants. However before you start looking for someone to share a condo with, you must take into consideration all the inconveniences and etiquette that come with sharing a space with someone else.

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Divide the house chores evenly

Unless you can magically persuade your co-renter to do more chores than you do, the proper way to divide house duties is evenly.

It’s quite simple actually. If you are evenly sharing the cost for the condo in metro manila, then it is only logical to assume that all responsibilities regarding condo maintenance (such as sweeping the floor, mopping, or even garbage disposal) should be equally divided between the occupants.

In order to do this, you may employ any of several approaches to dividing the tasks. You can either alternate times when you do duties (like you sweeping during Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while the other one sweeps the floor during Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays); or you can permanently divide the tasks (as in you washing the dishes while the other takes care of cooking).

Maintain personal spaces sacred

Despite sharing rent for the whole Ayala Land condo, you should always respect each other’s personal space. In other words, no one should be allowed to enter each other’s rooms without explicit permission from the owner of the room. You may even extend the same courtesy to everything clearly personal or private in nature such as toiletries, computers, mobile phones, and other accessories in the condo. You don’t like other people going through your things unceremoniously, without even asking, right? The same goes for the others too.

Be mindful in your words and actions

Living together in the same space is bound to make people overly familiar with each other. And as the cliché goes, familiarity breeds contempt.

This is especially true for people who have been living together for a long time. The thing is, the more time you spend together, the more you get to know each other. And the more you know about each other, the more you realize that no one is perfect – and that everyone has flaws.

The only way to prevent becoming overly familiar is to be mindful about everything you say and do. By always remembering to treat everybody with respect and tact, you should be able to prevent the feeling of uneasiness, annoyance, and contempt against each other’s flaws and mistakes.

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