How to Be a Respectful Roommate

Section A: The Living Room

1. If you leave your shoes there, put them where one will not trip.

2. If eating there, wipe down the table after you spilled the soup.

3. If drinking there, throw away/recycle the bottle when finished and clean your cup.

4. If you have guests, clean up after them if they can’t for themselves.


Section B: The Kitchen

1. Ants exist (especially in Thai kitchens) – wipe down the area that has been used into a trash bag, not the floor. (these areas include but are not limited to: stove top, sink, counter space, dining table, microwave, fridge)

2. Ants exist (especially in Thai kitchens) – don’t leave food that has been opened out of the fridge. 

3. Thank you for cleaning the entire inventory of utensils and dishes used, now put them away.

4. BUT don’t put the dishes away when ANTS are crawling all over them. 

5. Sweep up after your 1am pancake crumbs.

6. If you created two bags of trash, remove them. If not, let them just sit there.


Section C: The Bathroom

1. When male and female live together, put the toilet seat down. 

2. Remove the 5 empty bottles of Head&Shoulders that have piled up in the corner of the shower.

3. Replace the toilet paper when it’s run out. If it’s not your turn, then kindly inform the other to purchase it. 

4. Take the old toilet paper roll off and replace it with the new one!

5. Ants exist (especially in Thai bathrooms) – wipe down your spit and shavings from the counter. 

6. If mold starts to appear on your toothbrush or other vanity objects – get rid of said object… for your own health. 

7. Don’t mooch off the roommate’s toothpaste for a week. A day or two at most then replace your own. 

8. Wipe the floor, mirror, and door handle once in a while.

9. Do something simple like spray some bleach on the shower to clean it, and 20 minutes later rinse it off. Wiping isn’t even necessary. 


Section D: Bills

1. If you use aircon in Thailand, be prepared to pay for it. That shiz is expensive and it’s rude to pay only half if you’re the only one. 

2. Water bill only 85baht? High fives all around.

3. Communicate when the bill arrives and when it is due. Decide who will be in charge of paying it. 


Communication is Key. Without it, the doors for possibility stay closed. 


This is not directed toward any particular person. It is just a handy reminder to roommates everywhere. It doesn’t have to suck to live with someone. Be fair. 

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