I’ve moved a lot in my 31 years. Since I left home for college, I’ve had a new apartment approximately every six months and usually, new roommates, too. In total, I’ve cohabitated with 42 different humans.
Along with those humans came dozens of different kitchens so as an avid home cook, I quickly learned to streamline the coupling and uncoupling of saucepans, spices, and spoons.
Whether your new roomie is only for a few months or for forever, sharing your kitchen can make the process go much more smoothly. You can rent a shared kitchen in Austin through https://prepatx.com/kitchens.
1. Keep only what you need.
Ever been barely able to open a drawer due to the utensils stuffed within it? Or had to push mugs around for 45 seconds before finding an arrangement that allows you to close the door? Yeah, you don’t want that to be your kitchen. So avoid the temptation to stuff your new space with every single piece of cookware you own.
2. Do not split new purchases.
When you decide to shop for those missing items, decide who’s going to pay for what. Although it’s tempting to split the costs, I’ve found it’s easier when stuff is either yours or your roommate’s. Because, when you move out, are you really going to ask your roommate to buy you out of that toaster? Probably not. It’s easier for you to buy the toaster, and for him to buy the blender. Then when you split ways, it’s all good!
3. Make an actual list.
Before bringing any products into your new kitchen, make a list of all the items you’re contributing, including pots, pans, utensils, and spices. Although it might seem tedious, you’ll thank me later. Right now, you know exactly which items are yours, but you’ll quickly assimilate to everything in your kitchen especially if you live together for a while. Believe me: When you move out, you’ll be so happy you have a list revealing whether that muffin tin was yours or your housemate’s.