Do You Share a Kitchen with Roommates?
Here's a Helpful Tip to Foster Good Will

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Do you live with roommates? If so, you know that sharing the kitchen can have its challenges. How do you keep the peace when you're dealing with different dietary needs and storage styles? One simple way to keep the lines of communication open — and foster a little good will at the same time — came to us from Lauren in Portland. We recently photographed Lauren's kitchen for The Kitchn's upcoming cookbook, and here's the tip she offered for sharing a kitchen with two housemates:

Designate a spot to leave messages for what's available to share!

As Lauren told us, one of her roommates, Erich, is allergic to dairy, eggs, and gluten, so the three of them use a chalkboard wall in the kitchen to leave messages about what's available for sharing. For example: "On the counter - Banana bread with coconut, walnuts and no sugar! Sorry E - eggs." 

This is obviously essential for health reasons (don't want Erich eating something he's allergic to!) but it's also just a nice idea: designate a place everyone knows to look to see what's available for sharing — not to complain, not to harangue someone for leaving dirty dishes in the sink, but rather simply to tell your roommates or housemates about meals or goodies or snacks they're welcome to have. Sounds like a good plan!

What are you strategies for successfully sharing the kitchen with roommates?

This post was requested by rosasharne for Reader Request Week 2013.

(Image: Leela Cyd Ross)

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