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‘Happiness is entirely a matter of chance’: a case for housemates (sort of)

Not every housemate is going to be like the Urinator. I once spent a couple of months sharing with a girl called Thuy. When it came to keeping things tidy, we were on the same page. We watched girly movies together and talked about guys on the odd night when we were both at home, but we also had separate social lives. Housemates but not best friends was the key to our functioning household.

You might prefer a different level of housemate interaction, which is fine as long as you find like-minded individuals.’s Sue Green suggests ‘[s]pend[ing] time choosing new flatemates – decide in advance the qualities you want and check they match these. Factors to consider: age and gender, smoking and drinking habits, hobbies and interests, amount of independence required, personal belongings brought into the household, attitudes to socialising…’ in her article ‘Avoiding flatmate hell’.

Of course, finding a suitable housemate is like finding a suitable life-partner. As per Charlotte Lucas, ‘Happiness…is entirely a matter of chance’ Continue reading

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The Urinator: a case against housemates

He seemed harmless enough. An overseas undergrad, he was politely spoken and neatly presented. Sometimes he came across as arrogant or a bit slow. I attributed this to the language and cultural divide. After all, Melbourne must have been very different from his home.

My goodwill dissipated once he moved in. He had this habit of tinkling on the toilet seat. Occasionally he would miss the toilet altogether. My other housemate dubbed him the Urinator, and we started keeping a list of his failings on Facebook to keep ourselves sane:

  1. He pees all over the toilet seat.
  2. Sometimes he misses the toilet seat and pees on the floor.
  3. Sometimes he cleans it up but leaves paper jellyfish in the toilet bowl. Continue reading