Everyone likes a nice shower or bath when they’re feeling a little less-than-fresh.  For many people, this means cleansing as soon as they get up in the morning, and having that fresh and clean feeling when they first leave the house.

When there are 7 of you living in one house, this can be a problem. Even when there are just two of you living together, this can get messy.  Picture this: you wake up early in the morning, ready to start your day with a shower and a damn fine cup of coffee. You gather up your toiletries, switch on the coffee maker, and mosey on over to the bathroom……. where you find your roommate already inside, ready to start HIS shower. HE’S already put decaf beans in the coffee maker instead of your usual dark roast. And HE already has HIS toast in the toaster, HIS oatmeal on the stove, and HIS favorite morning new program on the shared TV. Maybe you’re not in a rush, you don’t mind the wait, and you go back to your room to relax. Maybe you pace back and forth until he’s out of the shower, and decide to grab a coffee at your favorite coffee shop on your way to work.

Or maybe you completely lose your shit, panic that this is going to make you late for work, pound on the bathroom door, and pour his coffee into his oatmeal. I mean, he should KNOW that you need to get in the bathroom between 7:15am and 7:45am every other Tuesday! And he should KNOW that you need the coffee maker, toaster, stove, and shower at that exact moment.  You start to see red, convincing yourself that your roommate is secretly plotting to drive you mad and make you late for work.

Of course, how is your roommate supposed to know your schedule inside and out? This gets particularly hairy when there are more than two of you sharing a dwelling. Everyone wants to make sure they can get to where they need to get on time.  For many of us, that means budgeting our time, planning out our mornings, and letting ourselves sleep in as long as possible before we absolutely MUST get up and get ready.  In reality, though, the more people you have living under one roof, the more likely you are to need to get ready at the same time as someone else.

So, what is a person to do?

1) You and your roommates could post your schedules somewhere where you all can see them.  Make sure you’re most current and up-to-date schedule is up there.

2) If there is more than one of you who needs to get ready at the same time, you could try a rotating schedule. Maybe one week you get the kitchen first, while you roommate showers.  The next week, you switch.

3) Full blown Battle Royal for the right to get ready first in the morning. The bloodier, the better…….. or not. Never mind, forget I even suggested this.

4) You could try a first come, first serve deal.  The first one up in the morning is the first one able to get ready.  You snooze, you lose.

In the end, if you can’t find a way to compromise, things could get ugly.  It may be a good idea to start hitting the gym first thing in the morning….. just to use their showers and bathrooms.  Or, you could just try showering at night. As long as you still feel fresh in the morning, who needs to know?

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