SponsoredHow to Live Peaceably With Another Human BeingStudioAtGawker for Apartments.com8/31/15 12:00pmFiled to: Apartments Dot Com03EditPromoteShare to KinjaGo to permalink You’ve found a perfect apartment. Now you just need to live in it. Of course, there’s a catch: you’re not alone. Here’s how to live with another person — be it a friend, a semi-stranger, or a romantic partner — without killing each other. Around the KitchenWhen it comes to cohabitation, the kitchen is the number one hot spot for interpersonal strife, but by following a few fairly easy rules, you can avoid some of the most common kitchen pitfalls. Advertisement Don’t:Stockpile food in your bedroom dresser so that no one steals it. Are those cookies really worth the pest problem you’ll develop? Leave scoldy notes taped everywhere. Your roommate will start messing things up just to drive you crazy. (If you live with a spouse or other romantic partner, they’ll just dump you.) Do: Advertisement Share kitchen duties. Everyone should be responsible for their own mess, but certain messes are communal, and should be dealt with communally with a minimum of bickering. Bring home food to share. You can pretend you’re being generous when really you’re just trying to distract your roommates from the food that you’re saving for yourself. Use Apartments.com to narrow your apartment search to a place with a dishwasher. Experts say this eliminates up to 60% of roommate conflicts. In the BathroomIn the future, every person will have their own luxurious bathroom. Until that glorious day arrives, try to be considerate. Don’t: Sponsored Be a shower hog. Yes, your beautiful body deserves all the pampering in the world, but other people would like some hot water also. Dip into your housemates’ fancy toiletries. How could they possibly miss just a dab of moisturizer? Have faith: that moisturizer costs one thousand dollars an ounce, and it will be missed instantly. Be gross. If you’re on the fence if a certain behavior is gross or not, it probably is. Don’t do that.Do: Advertisement Advertisement Coordinate your morning schedule. Getting to work on time shouldn’t mean squeezing into the shower with the Craigslist roommate you barely know.Wipe the sink out after you brush your teeth. (Before all that excess toothpaste gains sentience and decides to kill you in your sleep.)Limit your singing in the shower to respectable hours and a reasonable volume. Even if you’re a classically-trained opera singer, people still need to sleep. ElsewhereWhile the bedroom and bathroom are the main sources of roommate conflict, there are a few other key habits that make living together more bearable. Don’t: Advertisement Criticize the mess in your roommate’s bedroom. As long as they’re respectful of the common areas and don’t introduce biohazards into the apartment, their personal mess is not your business.Let your boyfriend or girlfriend unofficially move in. The 40% of roommate fights that aren’t caused by dishes are caused by deadbeat romantic partners who neither leave or pay rent. If they have no home of their own, there’s a very handy service that can help with that!Do: Assign a point person to deal with the bills. If it’s not someone’s explicit duty, those things will definitely never get paid. Try to talk to each other occasionally. It’s way too easy to forget that actually having a friendly conversation with the person you live with makes everything a lot more fun. Finally, there’s one key thing that improves cohabitation immeasurably: living in a great apartment that suits the needs of both you and your co-inhabitant. Whether that means finding a space that’s big enough for the both of you, or a place in a great neighborhood that you can escape into when you and your roommate start to drive each other nuts, Apartments.com is here to help. Advertisement Advertisement This post is a sponsored collaboration between Apartments.com and Studio@Gawker.