My house is a dump.
May 14, 2012 7:23 PM Subscribe
I live in a complete dump. How can I make the best of my crappy living situation while I look for a new place?
posted by windbox to human relations (34 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I live in a dump of a group house. It's disgusting. Everyone's in their early to mid 20's. I took a room in it on a whim because I was desperate for a place to live, and because it's KIND OF cheap and the location is completely awesome. I'm on a completely different schedule from my 3 roommates so it's almost like I have the house to myself 80% of the time, which is nice.
But it's not nice, because the house is completely fucking out of control disgusting. None of the drains actually drain. There's no shower pressure so I can barely wash my hair. The roommates, though relatively cool and rarely around, can't even manage to move their dirty plates/empty beer cans/used glasses+silverware/trash from the living room table to the trashcan. You know how sometimes you have an annoying roommate that lets dishes pile up in the sink? These people don't even make it to the sink. They just leave their shit laying around to rot for days on end. I end up clearing things up from the table/counters once a week because there aren't any other surfaces to eat or drink off of and what am I supposed to do?
There are grimey pots and pans everywhere around the stove in the kitchen. No one takes out the trash, it just piles up. Same goes for running the dishwasher. There's a dining room that is so full of junk it looks like an episode of hoarders. My friends joke about how it's a "frat house" and I'll tell them I wish it was a frat house, frat kids are cleaner than this. The landlord is out of the picture, it seems (basically, a slumlord).
I'm currently looking for a new place, but it's really difficult. My question is: What can I do to improve the situation here while I search? Do I confront the roommates about this? They've all been living here for 3 years and I'm the new guy, so apparently they aren't phased by this type of living and the last thing I want to do is be the dude who cramps their lifestyle. Plus I knew what I was getting into, I just didn't realize it'd be this bad. Do I leave a note? Write an email? They're all on the lease and I'm month to month so I'm afraid of coming across like this bossy outsider. Besides clean up after them like I'm their mom week after week until I put in my 30 days notice - there must be a solution to this. What would you do?