What first comes to mind when you think of a bachelor pad? Perhaps something along the lines of the picture below?
However, if you stop by my apartment (which is shared with a roommate), you’re sure to find a different experience. With touches from wall art, to organization systems, to an always clean kitchen and fridge, our bachelor pad doesn’t fit the status quo. In fact, more than likely if you come around the dinner hour you’ll find one of us cooking a meal. When I say meal, I don’t mean ramen. We don’t even have a microwave.
We’re two totally different guys with extremely opposite personalities, careers, and hobbies. I’m in the medical field and my roommate is in the film industry. About the only similarity is that we’re both Christians and we both run small business out of our apartment.
So what’s the secret to keep a clean house? It’s an incentive program. It basically works like this. We have identified 4 areas in the apartment that we have to keep clean. If my roommate makes a mess and leaves the apartment or leaves it overnight, and I clean it up for him, then I place a hash mark on our whiteboard. For every hash mark, I get to take $5 off my half of the rent, and vice versa for my roommate. It’s a pretty good incentive that is keeping our place spotless and ready for guests at anytime. So, if you’ve got a roommate, it’s worth giving it a try. You may end up saving some money this month.
Since we’re talking about roommates and apartments, here’s a project that my roommate and I are going to start working on this week to give us a little more space and organization. See picture below.