I’ve had pretty good luck with roommates thus far. Unfortunately, that appears to be running kinda low lately. My roommate doesn’t steal from me or break my stuff or anything like that. She’s actually very kind and generous.
Unfortunately she’s a neurotic, forgetful, scattered spaz. And those of you who know me will know that I have a very very low tolerance for stupid people.
I will now commence a lengthy rant about my roommate. Hopefully she doesn’t read this (or if she does, she’ll get the hint)…
My roommate is both messy and lazy. I understand that I can’t enforce my neatnik tendencies onto everyone, and am willing to overlook a lot. But it took her SIX WEEKS to finally buy curtains for her bedroom, and another week to actually put them up before I could have my livingroom curtains back. It also took her SEVEN WEEKS to decide whether or not she was going to purchase a new bookshelf, and buy it so that the twelve boxes of shit in the livingroom could finally be unpacked.
She has lived here since May 1st, and there are still three boxes in the living room that it appears she has no intention of unpacking.
She cannot cook anything without first clearing out Save-on for ingredients (the contents of which will rot away in the fridge for a month), then using every dish in the house (which will sit on the counter for a week). Example: I went to Merritt for four measly days. The kitchen was clean when I left. I came back on Monday and the dishwasher was full (of clean dishes that hadn’t been emptied since I left), both sides of the sink were full, and the counter and stove were covered. It took 2 more loads of the dishwasherto get all the dishes clean.
Oh, speaking of the dishwasher… apparently she’s the only person on earth who is incapable of putting anything where it belongs in there. The top rack was specifically designed for bowls and glasses, the bottom for plates etc. with the cutlery basket down there. She just tosses everything in haphazardly – the result being that much of the stuff doesn’t actually get clean because the water can’t get to it.
She can’t even put the clean dishes away properly. I have only three knives that I’ve asked get any special treatment. They’re the stay-sharp kind, and I’ve asked that they get put back into their sleeves. That has yet to happen (well, it sorta happened once, when she put the smallest knife into the biggest sleeve, and ignored the other two cuz they wouldn’t fit into the other sleves).
And that’s just the kitchen. We’ve also only got one bathroom. The system with my old roommate worked well. We each had a mirror in our rooms, and we do our hair and makeup in there after showering. That way nobody is inconvenienced. This roommate can not do that. First off her room looks like the hiroshima aftermath, and it’s rare that you can get within 4 feet of her mirror (which moves around the room leaning on anything she isn’t immediately using). I don’t even really mind that so much, but she leaves so much crap on the bathroom counter that I knock something off every single time I go in there. She’ll also unplug my electric toothbrush (we’ve only got one “razor only” plug in there) to plug in her curling iron, then not plug my toothbrush back in. A very big deal when I need to brush my teeth and the brush has no power. I’ve had to start keeping a backup manual brush in there.
She also doesn’t seem to realize that stuff costs money, and she’s inconsiderate. Not that she’s ever skimped on the rent or bills, or paid late, but she’s just totally not clued in when it comes to keeping communal costs down. Example (which was the fuel for this rant in the first place): I went to work yesterday, and told her that my bedroom window (a large sliding door) was open. Could she please close it if she went anywhere. She said fine. I came home this morning (went to the bf’s house instead of home last night) to find not only my bedroom window still wide open (I’ve told her before that my insurance only covers loss with the evidence of a break in – stupidity isn’t insured, perhaps I should change that now). Not only that, but the kitchen light was on, the TV was blaring, as was her bedroom radio, and her bedroom fan (not ceiling fan, a plug in one). Does she think electricity grows on trees? Does she understand what she’s paying me for every two months when that funny bill called “Hydro” shows up?
She doesn’t even lock the doors properly. We’ve got a deadbolt as well as the doorknob lock. She’ll only lock the doorknob when she leaves (which anyone should know is pretty much useless in deterring theft). And you may think I’m being paranoid when it comes to the whole break-in thing, but our complex was targeted by that “condo burglar” in the early part of the year, and at least 8 units that I know of were burgled. Also, we’re only on the 2nd floor, and with the ground units being sunken, it’s not a huge reach to get up onto our balcony.
Well, I think that’s about all I have to say about that for now. And if anyone has any suggestions about what I do about this little freak that lives with me, please let me know.