How to Deal with Messy Housemates

Messy Housemate

How to Deal with Messy Housemates

Anyone who’s lived in shared accommodation for more than a week probably has at least one tale to tell that ends with something like ‘luckily the rats got too disgusted with the place after a couple of days and left because of concerns for their health’.

Sharing a place can be a messy business, but how can you be sure you’re not The Messy One causing all the problems? And what can you do if you love The Messy One as a person but find yourself having prolonged fantasies about spraying bottle after bottle of Cillit Bang at their mucky face?

This advice should help…

Are you The Messy One?

Are your immediate family farmyard beasts of the cloven hoofed and porky variety? This could be a strong indicator that you’re the messy one in the house. However, sometimes the indicators are less overt:

  • Throwing elaborate dinner parties for friends and then disappearing for a fortnight before you’ve had chance to soak a pan
  • Spreading your various belongings all over the house; socks in the toilet, plates in the sitting room, textbooks all over the kitchen – your place for things is wherever the heck you feel like leaving it
  • Being genuinely unsure whether you have a hoover or not despite having lived in your house for over six months

All of the above are clear signs that you’re The Messy One.

The best thing you can do if you identify as The Messy One is get your act together and only muck up what you’re willing to clean. Alternatively, go and find like-minded people and rent a skip or part of a dump site. It’s bound to be cheaper than an actual house and you won’t have to feel guilty about any of the mess you make.

How to Live with The Messy One…

You have to let them know, probably face to face. A passive aggressive note on a dirty bowl is no good. The bowl will mould over obscuring the note before The Messy One has time to read and process the information.

Take a deep breath and let them know what a grubby little health hazard they are. Soften the blow with a cookie, incentivise their hygienic achievements with a star chart do whatever you need to do. Most likely they aren’t being aggressively messy they are just absent minded and they’ll want to change. And if you really like them, be flexible with them. Allow an unwashed plate if they at least take out the rubbish before it’s taken over the kitchen.