How to deal with your housemates when you’re isolating together


Staying in the house with your family or roommates can be stressful. There are a lot of people in your space and everyone’s trying to hold onto some sense of normalcy. Some people in your home may be attending remote classes while others are working remotely, spending time connecting with friends via video chat, or streaming workouts or TV shows. 

That’s a lot of activity in a house you’re likely not planning to leave for an extended period of time. So how do you deal? Here are our tips for cohabitating in isolation. 

Share your schedules

However you do this, whether it’s shared online or on a piece of paper in a central location, keeping everyone in the loop is key. If you have an exam coming up or need quiet time to listen to a lecture or attend office hours, letting your housemates know will help you get that time to yourself. 

Respecting everyone’s time and space is incredibly important when you’re stuck together, so you need to do your part to respect others’ schedules as well. If your dad has a meeting he’s video conferencing into, don’t use that time to blast your music. This can be harder if you have young children in the house, but employs the same idea. If you help your parents by watching a younger sibling while they catch up on work, they may agree to keep them out of your hair while you’re in class.

Make the most of your time

If you’re quarantining with your family, make the most of it. This is likely an unusual chunk of time that you have together and it’s unlikely that you’ll get the opportunity to be together like this uninterrupted again. If you’re with roommates, you can enjoy your time with them too! It’s not the norm to be together like this with no plans to leave the apartment. So plan a game night, create a bracket and stage a video game tournament, or just spend time chatting. 

What if I don’t get along with my quarantine-mates? 

It can be extra tough if you don’t get along with the people you’re quarantining with. But you likely don’t want to spend week after week holed up in your room by yourself. We recommend finding an activity you can share with the other people in your house. Maybe you can all agree that that new Netflix show is funny or that daily yoga is a must-do. 

If these don’t work, try finding a virtual quarantine buddy. This can be someone you get along with well who could be living alone or need time away from their housemates too. Video chat with this person as much as you can, and use services like Netflix Party to watch shows or play an online game together so neither of you feels alone. 

How are you coping with the people in your home during quarantine? Let us know your tips for cohabitating responsibly by sending us an email at asuadulting101@asu.edu.


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