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Non-Negotiables When Living With a Roommate

Open House: What Are Your Non-Negotiables With a Housemate?

I recently overheard a debate between my friend and her boyfriend who just moved in with her about his suggestion to put up his life-sized Michael Jordan poster in their newly decorated bedroom. Something along the lines of "absolutely not" was her response. I was reminded of that infamous scene in When Harry Met Sally with the wagon-wheel coffee table, and it got me thinking of housemate non-negotiables. Decorating with a boyfriend is no easy task, when guitars, movie posters, and action figure or comic book collections come with the new roommate. But even if you are the same sex, differing styles between housemates can cause conflict as well.

Where do you draw the line? What are your home decorating non-negotiables?

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Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
I only have one non-negotiable: No tech in the bedroom. I'll strongly suggest that the action figures go away, or at least in a nifty display case in the game room. I'm open to discussing just about anything. But no TV in any bedroom that myself or my daughter will occupy, ever.
bunnyhorse bunnyhorse 6 years
I am so grateful my husband gives me free reign on the house and doesn't have too many aesthetically offensive possessions. There are a few little things he has added to the decor which I'm not crazy about, but considering the range he has given me to decorate the house without his interference, it would seem completely unfair of me to protest. I have discreetly hidden away some of the smaller things he has added, and he's so unobservant it has passed unnoticed! Lucky me.
vinnie vinnie 6 years
Sorry, I can't get past the outfit in that photo!
HollyJRockNRoll HollyJRockNRoll 6 years
Get a two bedroom. Then you both can decorate the way you want. You only need to compromise on the living room, and the key word is compromise. Instead of putting up sports posters or pictures of marilyn monron (ladies you know who you are), put up photos of one another and the things you both like.
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 6 years
Oh god, this reminds me of the pictures I saw a few months ago of my high school bf's new house with his gf. He has their guest bedroom decorated with his action figures and video game posters. After I saw those pictures all I could think was about how glad I am we didn't last. After a certain age those kind of things really don't need to be on display anymore.
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 6 years
Oh god, this reminds me of the pictures I saw a few months ago of my high school bf's new house with his gf. He has their guest bedroom decorated with his action figures and video game posters. After I saw those pictures all I could think was about how glad I am we didn't last. After a certain age those kind of things really don't need to be on display anymore.
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