Navigating Valentine's Day with a Roommate
Valentine's Day can be a bit of a challenge when you're sharing a place with a roommate, and you want to make plans for the holiday. If you have a special someone, of course you want to show love and appreciation to them, but you also want to make sure your roommate feels comfortable or included. The last thing you want to do is make it awkward for any of you. Here's how to make the holiday great, roommate and all.
Communicate - The most important thing to remember is to have open communication with your roommate. Let them know if you have any plans to go out for the holiday, or if you're planning to have your special someone over. Be clear about your plan and timeline. It's all about being respectful, forthcoming, and considerate of each other's space.
Plan Ahead - If you're planning to host a date in your home, make sure to set the expectations with your roommate in advance. Be clear about whether they’re welcome to join, or make an effort to arrange to have some alone time in the living room or shared space. It might be necessary simply to agree to give each other space for the whole evening.
Make it a group thing - If both of you are single, why not make it a fun night-in with a movie, a shared meal, or a game night?! Roomie-only holidays can be a great way to bond and make the day feel less intimidating or lonely. You could even agree to buy small, practical gifts for each other, something decorative for the house that you both can enjoy, or celebratory fresh flowers for the table.
Set the Mood - Decorate your living space with festive touches like candles, roses, chocolates, and music. You can also cook a special meal or make a fun cocktail to get in the Valentine's Day spirit!
- Be Respectful - No matter what your plans are, always be respectful of your roommate's space and privacy. If they prefer to have a quiet night in, respect their wishes and be as accommodating as possible.
Valentine's Day doesn't have to be all about couples and romance. It's a holiday centered on love and appreciation, so spread that love to your roommate too! Whether you're single or in a relationship, it's important to make the most of this special day and have some fun.
We hope these tips help make your Valentine's Day a little bit easier to navigate. Remember to communicate, plan ahead, have fun, and above all, be respectful. Happy Valentine's Day!