For a couple who's lived together for practically two years, the thought of suddenly having to share a space with other people can seem scary. In the months before heading out to The Surf Office to take part of the project, The Tech Beach in Gran Canaria, we found out that we'd be doing just that, only we had no idea what the layout would be.
Once we arrived in Las Palmas, we were taken to our new home for the next month. One long hallways connects our project partner David's room, the bathroom, our new room, and a third space for whoever comes here next. At the very end we have a shared dining/living room area and kitchen.
Sharing the Bathroom
It took a few days to get used to the idea of sharing a bathroom. Neither of us had needed to wait for someone to finish showering or brushing teeth since college. This puts a lot of pressure on the only girl in the apartment since there are only two mirrors in the entire flat - one at the entrance and the other in the bathroom. As for the guys? I'm still wondering who keeps on forgetting to leave the toilet seat down!
*Travel Beauty Tip: Stock up on your "fancy" hair and skin products in travel size containers, but use a solid shampoo bar for daily use.
*Travel Skincare Tip: Collect sample packages from magazines and local beauty stores! It's a great way to get a skincare treatment on the go!
Sharing the Kitchen: Cooking, Fridge, Etc.
When it comes to eating habits in a shared space, you're going to have to get used to things like doing your dishes immediately after eating, only buying enough food for your section of the fridge/cupboard, and alternating your mealtime to fit everyone's schedule.
Going Out, Parties, and Overall Getting Along
It goes without saying that if you're living with others you should go out of your way to get along with everyone in your shared space. If that means giving up some of your alone time, then so be it!
*Tip: Have an at-home outfit that you're not ashamed to be seen in available for all lounge activities. It sucks to have to feel like you need to be "all made up" just to eat breakfast.
*Food Tip: Try cooking together as an activity. Split the grocery bill and get hands-on in an activity you can all enjoy!