Rise and shine! It is 6:30am as your alarm clock goes off, and you open your eyes to begin your day. The morning routine you have is pretty standard: eat breakfast, pack any work materials you need for the day, and wait for your roommate to be done with their bathroom routine.
Your bowl of Cheerios is drained of the soy milk and you double checked to make sure the CD with today’s presentation is secure in the front pocket of you briefcase, but you are still in your pajamas and your hair could gel itself with the amount of grease secreting from your scalp. The digital clock on the microwave is clicking closer to 7:15am then you feel comfortable with since your train leaves at 7:45am, and your roommate can be heard singly the lyrics to an old Britney Spears song.
You have three options:
Option one consists of your asserting your frustration at your roommate’s monopolization of the bathroom during prime showering time. This could mean knocking on the door at exactly 7:15am and yelling through the door and over the water stream about how you have to leave for work and still smell like last night’s homemade Thai noodles. They need to hustle!
Option two would be you pulling out the baby wipes from your gym bag and doing a quick once-over of your sweaty regions and pulling your hair back into a ponytail, a headband, or dunking your head under the kitchen sink for a rinse. But there would be no way you would be willing to confront your roommate’s 30 minute showers. If they want to soak up the morning steam then who are you to suggest otherwise? You can easily adapt your schedule.
Option three would be politely knocking and asking how much longer they plan on showering. Then after you have completed your bathroom routine pop your head into your roommate’s room and ask if they would be ok to talk about the bathroom schedule after work, because you are feeling rushed in the am, and that you also don’t want to impose on the her or her bathroom time either
We, here at Spacesplitter, would definitely recommend option three. This way it will give you a chance to voice your concerns in a reasonable amount of time. If something is bothering you, don’t go to bed mad about it! Talk about it on the same day you are feeling frustrated because your roommate might be choosing option two and nobody benefits from a baby wipe-bath.