Sharing a Room - The Problems and Benefits

Sharing a room can lead to serious problems if certain rules aren't respected. However, it's also a way to establishing personal ties.
Sharing a Room - The Problems and Benefits

Last update: 22 July, 2020

Throughout life, you might be faced with times when you have to live with other people, whether family members or roommates. In this article, we’re going to consider what sharing a room can mean.

In childhood, we usually share rooms with siblings and parents. Then, you reach university age and, generally reside in a room with another student.

These experiences can help you learn different behaviors and how to respect others’ spaces. However, there are certain drawbacks.

Sharing a room with siblings

Sharing a room with siblings can be beneficial.

Large families often have siblings sharing a room. While psychologists recommend that each child have their own room, this isn’t always possible.

In childhood, relationships may be easier. However, once adolescence arrives, quarrels and behavioral differences can lead to problems between siblings. For example, one child might be messier than the other or have habits that lead to disagreements.

However, when siblings share a room, they can also become closer. Also, they can try to compromise, which helps develop problem-solving skills. On the other hand, when this doesn’t happen, it’s time for the parents to intervene and set standards that all family members need to respect.

Siblings who share a room can sometimes be closer.

Sharing a room while young

Sharing a room while young can lead to problem-solving behavior.

Sometimes, sharing a room and a house can be complicated. This is especially true when you want independence and privacy. In adolescence and university, these needs can arise.

Here are some examples of what can happen when sharing a room:

  • Two teenage siblings sharing a room can cause real problems. This is mainly due to the siblings having different hours that they work or study. Also, this can be a stage where some teens are starting to have intimate relationships.
  • Then, at university, young adults move to a new place, often a hall of residence, where they generally have to share a room with someone they don’t know. We recommend rules are set and appropriate behavior agreed with roommates since each person is different.
  • The mess is usually the biggest problem. You may not always have the same standards of cleanliness as other people. As a result, both parties may need to compromise to create a respectful environment for everyone.
  • It’s worth highlighting the benefits of sharing a room while young. Getting to know another person well through sharing a room can lead to a harmonious personal relationship.

Sharing a room as a couple

A couple redecorating.

In adulthood, there can also be problems when sharing. When a couple shares a bedroom, this implies acceptance of the other person’s way of living. However, some couples sleep separately due to personal differences.

When a couple begins to live together, they need to try to adapt to the other’s needs and their way of living. While this is a good thing, there can be problems. For example, one person might like a specific style or want to have the layout in a certain way.

As a result, both members of the couple must participate equally in decorating. That way, both people can put forth their point of view. This helps the relationship as well.

Cleaning, the big problem

A family cleaning a room.

Cleaning is indispensable for harmony between all tenants of a house. By maintaining a strict hygiene regimen, you can have closer personal ties and make the home a healthier place.

On the other hand, if one member of the house isn’t participating in cleaning, this can lead to problems. It’s important that every member follows the rules and does their bit.


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