It’s Okay If You Don’t Want Roommates

Sure, there are perks to living with someone. You can split the costs, you can share household chores and it’s less lonely. But it takes a specific kind of person to master the art of living with another person. Certain personalities, lifestyles and habits just don’t live well with others. Let’s face it, cohabitation is not for everyone. Sometimes you’re just meant to live on your own, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

  1. You walk around naked. The thought of wearing pants after a long day at the office makes you cringe. Your bra is the first thing to come off when you walk through the door, and you prefer to sleep in your birthday suit. No roommate? No problem!
  2. You get anxious when your space is messy… If you can’t handle a cupboard door left open, crumbs on the counter you just wiped down, and clutter on the coffee table, then living with another person may not be the greatest idea.
  3. .. Or you’re the messy one. Does it look like a tornado blew through your apartment? Do you have that one chair full of clothes you were too lazy to put away? You know the chair I’m talking about. Has your kitchen table become your ‘random papers’ keepsake? I’m not sure how much your roommate or significant other is going to enjoy that.
  4. You have bad habits. You fart, burp, pick your nose, drink straight from the carton and pee with the bathroom door open. Your roommate is going to be less than thrilled.
  5. You have loud sex. Whether you enjoy sex with loud music or just sex with loud orgasms, you may not be the ideal living partner.
  6. You get really bad FOMO. Maybe you’re sick or you’ve drank 4 nights in a row or you’re broke. But you’ll still go out if someone else does, and that may not be the best idea.
  7. You don’t like people touching your stuff. If someone used your shampoo, moved your purse that you swear you ‘left right here’ or if someone borrowed (with no intention of giving back) the last cup of your milk, you’re going to have a bitch fit.
  8. You’re a morning person. How well are you going to get along with your roommate when you’re banging pots and pans at 7am, blasting music by 9 and kicking out their friends at 11pm because you’re waking up at 5am the next day?
  9. You need all the internet bandwidth. You stream a lot of TV. A lot.
  10. You’re a social eater. You don’t need to be hungry to eat. If someone else is eating, you will be too. And that’s not going to go over too well when your ‘I have the fastest metabolism and never gain weight’ roommate wants to eat an entire bag of chips at midnight.
  11. You have a lot of stuff. Every closet in your condo is full- in your bedroom, the front hall and even the bathroom. You’ve used every inch of your storage locker and you’re running out of cupboard space. The thought of adding another person’s stuff to your collection makes you panic.
  12. You like your alone time. Sometimes you just need your own space. And you don’t want to have to lock yourself in your bedroom to avoid small talk in the living room. You want to come home and speak to no one, do whatever you want, and enjoy your own company. Sure it’s less lonely when you live with another person, but there are definitely times when you want to be by yourself.
Suzanne is a twenty something living in Toronto, Canada. When she doesn't have her professional pants on from 9-5, she is getting lost in a good book, a yoga class, or a tall glass of wine.
She has a severe case of the travel bug, a serious love affair with food and will never say no to puppy-sitting.