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Ask UfYH: There’s No Right Way to Clean

Don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of ineffective ways to clean, but most of them involve whatever you’re cleaning ending up dirtier than when you started. For almost everything, though, there’s no one correct way to clean something, and thinking that there is just leads to a whole lot of nothing getting done.

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Humor

Things You Can Do with Your Friends*

*According to my roommate Tired of those ladymags with their crazy suggestions about how to dress or what’s trendy or what’s cool? Well just in time for summer, this ladymag has some suggestions for fun things you can do with your friends, as my roommate has attempted all of these activities with me.

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Ask UfYH: Roommates, Redux

Q: I live with a woman who, to put it nicely, is the roommate from hell. Her stuff is all over the place, she hogs the laundry machines, her dishes stay in the sink for weeks, and she never does her half of the regular chores (taking out the trash, vacuuming, etc.). I’ve left her […]

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Ask UfYH: Roommate Resolution

Q: I’m in college and have lived with the same roommates for two years. I’ve always been pretty bad at doing chores because of a combination of: 1. depression that makes it hard to do things, 2. never learning how to do chores, and 3. bad time management. Though I am getting better at doing […]

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Ask UfYH: There’s No Right Way to Clean

Don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of ineffective ways to clean, but most of them involve whatever you’re cleaning ending up dirtier than when you started. For almost everything, though, there’s no one correct way to clean something, and thinking that there is just leads to a whole lot of nothing getting done.

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Ask UfYH: Keeping Your Dorm Room Unf*&%ed

That’s right, kids. Back-to-school is almost upon us, and for many of you, that means it’s time to pack up and move your life into half of a 12’x19′ dorm room. You already know the conventional advice (check what your roommate is bringing, shower caddies!, etc.), but living your life in such a tiny shared […]

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Ask UfYH: Roommate Negotiations

Q: So, I’m moving in with my significant other in about six months. I haven’t had a roommate since college (a couple decades ago) and this is a very new type of experiment for us both. We are lucky to have almost identical levels of slobbiness, but I’m wondering if there is a FAQ on […]

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Ask the Editors: So There’s This Racist…

Q: Recently, a childhood friend (who I hadn’t seen much in the last several years) fell down on their luck and I offered them a free room for a month while they got back on their feet, with the intention that they’d find a job and become a rent-paying roommate. That’s all fine and good. […]

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Perspectives

On Telling People I Share a Bathroom with Five Women

So, I just started grad school. I live in a dorm-like situation and share a bathroom and a large kitchen with five other female grad students. The thing is, every time I tell someone this, the reaction is pretty ridiculous. “SIX girls? ONE bathroom? That must be AWFUL.”

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Ask UfYH: Roommate Sabotage?

Q: I’ve recently started trying to get my apartment clean, and my roommates are sabotaging my efforts. Every time I clean something, it’s messed up again by the next day. They leave their dirty dishes around after I’ve just run the dishwasher. How do I convince them to stop sabotaging me? A: This is one […]

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Ladyguides

Etiquette: Dealing with Roommate Problems

The modern age is such that almost everyone has, has had, or will have a roommate that they really know almost nothing about. (Hello, college!) And when you know very little about someone, you’re bound to have disagreements that can spiral out of control quickly, leading to that neverending bar competition: “Why I Have the […]

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Life

Let The Wild Rumpus Begin!

As some of you may recall, my husband and I moved in with my grandma a few months ago.

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Roommate Nightmares

Tell me your worst stories.

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Open Thread

Wednesday Nostalgia Flashback OT!

I’ll be spending the day tomorrow with two lovely ladies that I shared an apartment with for two years in college. I’m sure there will be much to catch up on and a good amount of reminiscing about the ridiculous things we did and witnessed.

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Parenting

A Space of My Own

Living with other people can be awesome and fun! It can also be a huge pain in the ass.