It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of a home. If this is true, it stands to reason that keeping kitchen relations happy and healthy should be among the top priorities in a shared living arrangement. After all, issues relating to stocking, using, and cleaning the kitchen are by far the most common for roommates who are not getting along. Here are some helpful tips for a healthy (metaphorical) heart:
Clear potential issues before you become roommates – There are some kitchen related issues that are easy to identify before you’ve moved in together. Allergies, religious or ethical restrictions, food preferences, and cost are all things that are easy to be honest about up front. Before you move in with a roommate it can be really helpful to sit down with a few of your favorite recipes and a few of your recent grocery store receipts. This can give you an idea of the kinds of things you each like to eat, and of the amount you are or are not willing to spend on them. Deciding to buy and keep certain items separate is a workable solution to a minor obstacle. Never cooking fish in your own home again might not be.
Stay motivated – if you’ve chosen a roommate that you like, asked the right questions and been honest with your answers, made compromises that weren’t overwhelming and asked for compromises where you needed them, then all that’s left to do is get along. Try to remember how important the kitchen is to your mutual happiness. Make it cozy, keep it clean, and enjoy it and each other.