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How to Organize a Kitchen With a Messy Roommate

How to Keep the Kitchen Organized If You Live With Someone Who's, Um, a Little Messy

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Living with people can be wonderful. (The camaraderie! The Netflix binges! The shared cost of it all!) But if you've got a messy roommate, domestic bliss can be harder to reach. It's one thing if the mess is confined to a bedroom, but when it creeps into the kitchen? Time to address it.

You can't force anyone to live the way you do (after all, how would you feel if you had to live up to someone else's standard?), but you can encourage your roommates to be a little more tidy in the kitchen. As with everything, open communication is key; talk about the level of disarray you can and can't live with, then set some ground rules. For example, perhaps you could try a rule that dirty pots and pans need to be washed before the end of the day — or whatever feels right to you and your roommates.

And to set everyone up for success, it helps to have a few cleaning and organizational supplies on hand. Read on for some of our favorite finds from Bed Bath & Beyond. They won't keep the kitchen organized for you, but they sure will make it easier for you and your roommates to get the job done.

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