For most of my adult life, I've lived alone. I’m something of a perfectionist, and I like it when things are just so, which makes the idea of sharing common spaces—like the kitchen—with roommates feel incredibly uncomfortable and anxiety-provoking. But there are plenty of people who prefer to live with roommates, and I’ve heard my fair share of kitchen horror stories from friends and family members who have. But moldy fruit, dirty dishes, and fruit fly infestations are all problems that can be avoided if everyone involved makes an effort. To be respectful of your living companions, there are just some kitchen crimes you should never commit.
Read on for 15 kitchen crimes to avoid at all costs.
Putting Empty Ice Trays Into the Freezer
There’s nothing worse than thinking you’re going to shake up a much-needed cocktail only to stick your hand in the freezer and realize there is no ice. It takes no time at all to fill up an ice cube tray and stick it in the freezer, so get in the habit of doing it and keep your roommates happy.
Always Drinking Wine, but Never Bothering To Wash the Glasses
If you had a little get-together with friends and are too tired to wash the glasses that night, wake up the next morning and do it. Your roommates aren’t your housecleaners, so make sure to clean up your own messes.
Not Paying Attention To Where You Put Things
We know that some people aren’t super organized, but you should have a basic understanding of where things go in the kitchen. Don’t empty the dishwasher and put all the glasses where the plates normally go. Try to keep the items in the general vicinity of where they belong.