Stay in touch with roommates for low-stress move-in
If you’re going to be living with a new group of people this fall, you probably already know that organizing an apartment can be pretty stressful. You’ve got to figure out who’s contributing what to the place, who already owns things you’ll need, and when everyone’s going to get there. Luckily, there are a few pieces of technology that can make the whole process run smoother.
GroupMe: GroupMe, for those who don’t already use it, is a group chat app. If you’ve got a smartphone, it can run in its own app. If you’re still rocking a dumbphone, that’s fine too–the group messages just get sent to you as texts. Go ahead and add everyone in your new living space to a GroupMe group, and that way you have an easy way to send messages to the whole group–for example, if wine glasses are on sale at Target, you can tell everyone that you already nabbed some. You can use it on move-in day to figure out when everyone’s arriving, so that you’re not all trying to move in at once. The best part about the app is that you really don’t need to worry about who has what phone, since it works on anything that can receive SMS messages. It’s even useful during the school year, when you can use the same GroupMe group in order to ask if anyone needs something from the grocery store, or let everyone know when you’ll be out of town for the weekend.
Google Docs: Use a Google Doc shared among your roommates in order to list off all of the things that anyone can think of to need for the apartment (check Laura’s kitchen article for inspiration). Then, make a header for each member of the group, and cut-and-paste the things that each person already owns or is bringing into their subsection. That way, you avoid duplicates and everything still gets purchased. Plus, it’s easy to see on a shared document if one person has gotten saddled with buying way more stuff than everyone else in the group, which can be easily fixed in order to avoid resentment.
Split The Rent: This site is more for people living in a free-standing apartment or house than those in suite-style dorms. If you’re in a place where some rooms are clearly better than others, though, the service allows you to figure out what the fairest allocation of rent is among the roommates. Everyone’s happy, and there’s less of a suspicion of favoritism when an app is doing the splitting than if an individual is. (via Lifehacker)
Do you have any apps that you’ll be using to smooth relationships with your roommates? Let us know in the comments!