Check out the tips to improve coexistence with whoever is spending a lot of time in the same house with you.
2021 is a year that continues to challenge Brazilians who have been restricted from circulating because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As people spend more time at home, coexistence becomes more difficult, and new conflicts arise. For those who share an apartment with friends, the challenge is doubled.
If day-to-day living may not be easy with people with different backgrounds and experiences, imagine being confined in the same space, with almost no possibility of going out! But don’t worry, there’s a solution for everything. Here are a few tips for those who are having problems with their housemates.
First of all, understand the situation as it really is: a worldwide emergency. This is a moment in which everyone must make sacrifices and do what is best as long as the pandemic lasts. So, do what you must to promote general well-being.
One of the ways to create a pleasant atmosphere is to avoid invading the space of others and messing up the common space. Respect the privacy of others’ bedrooms, and only enter them if invited. Besides that, habits of cleanliness and organization may be completely different, and this can come up more during a quarantine. Try to prevent conflicts. Propose basic rules for the house and a schedule for cleaning, with the days and hours clearly set for housecleaning, for instance. Be open to negotiation.
Another tip is to respect differences. People react to the same situations in different ways. Thus, some will want to talk about problems, while others will keep quiet. What is important is to support the other person’s moment, always respecting the way in which they are dealing with the crisis.
Lastly, have you thought of finding a better space? Houses with yards and apartments with balconies and leisure areas can be good options to escape confinement and reduce fights in very small spaces. If this is possible, it’s worthwhile to research prices and review priorities. When it’s time to move, avoid new conflicts by hiring a trustworthy moving company.
Whatever the situation, conversation is very important. Communicating sincerely and calmly, with no accusations, is the way to resolve conflicts and attain a more harmonious life. Try it!