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    14 Products Our Readers Swear Will Make Living With Roommates Better

    If only living with other people were as seamless as the show Friends made it seem...

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    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to share the items that make living with roommates easier. Here are their smart recommendations:

    1. A pair of noise cancelling headphones so you don't have to hear any unwanted noise...whatever that might be....

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    These Anker headphones have 20 hours of wireless playback or 50 hours of wired playback. Plus, they have memory-foam ear cups and a foldable design so they're easier to take on the go. Plus, they were chosen as the best cheap noise-cancelling headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Get them from Amazon for $79.99.

    2. A set of chore sticks that'll basically make cleaning the apartment a game...and so you don't get stuck cleaning the bathroom for the 12th time. Ugh.

    Walmart

    Mallory Mower

    The set has 42 printed sticks with a variety of chores on them plus 8 blank ones so you can write in chores specific to your place.

    Get them from Walmart for $14.95.

    3. Or if you know nobody will clean, just hire a cleaning service (like Handy) to come and do it for you so you don't start to feel like you're living in an actual dump.

    Handy

    "Hiring a cleaning service every other week has saved many roommate relationships!" —mainerinexile

    You can hire a professional through Handy to come in and clean your apartment. You just have to select a day and time and enter details about your home, and they'll do the rest.

    Get a quote from Handy. You can get your first cleaning starting at $39.

    4. A shower caddy to keep in your own rooms so when you go to use your really expensive shampoo that does wonders for your hair, you know that it will all still be there.

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    "You can just organize your own shower stuff, and then just bring it in there when you need it."—hallieb4cc3c8b87

    "This way, no one can ‘accidentally’ use up your favorite moisturizer or bath gel, and if you forget to put on deodorant, you don’t have to wait for your roomie to finish showering to get it."—grant101010

    This tote has eight compartments on the outside and one large one in the middle to keep everything you would possibly need in the shower organized and ready to use.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in eight colors).

    5. A dry erase board to write notes to each other to pass on any important information. Just don't use it as a place for passive aggressive notes because nobody like that.

    Amazon

    "It's a great place to put important papers or notes that everyone needs to see. It's especially good if you have a roommate you're not terribly close with or don't see often because of schedule conflicts." —graceb333

    Plus, this one has a spot for mail and keys so you won't be blamed when your roommate doesn't get that important letter they're waiting for.

    Get it from Amazon for $15+ (available in six colors).

    6. Some colored stickers so each roommate can mark which food is theirs and there's no confusion about whose cauliflower gnocchi is whose.

    Amazon

    "To help combat food and whose what's in the fridge and cupboard, we incorporated a color sticker system. Each roommate has their own color and anything that is up for grabs or bought for the house has its own color as well."—dianajeans

    Get this set of 3,220 stickers from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. A bottle of Poo-Pourri because sharing a bathroom is hard enough. You shouldn't have to deal with walking into some nasty smells when you're just trying to brush your teeth.

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    "I truly believe it belongs in all homes. —Elizabeth Lilly

    And the more than 10,000 people on Amazon who rated this five stars would probably agree. Just spray the bowl before you go, and you'll mask any scent.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.30+ (available in 18 scents).

    8. An air freshener to mask any smells in the bathroom or other areas in the home, like when your roommate decides to cook fish...again.

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    "This freshener is great for covering up a variety of smoking smells in case someone smokes in the apartment and didn't tell you they did before moving in." —Elizabeth Lilly

    Get it from Amazon for $23.

    9. A set of plastic bins to keep food organized and separate in the fridge.

    Amazon

    "When I lived with three other roommates, I eventually bought us each (equal-size) baskets for the fridge because we’d all buy the same lunchmeat from the closest grocery store then forget whose was whose. Also because anything spoiled is immediately abandoned, but it’s harder to abandon something if it’s in your basket. (Some stuff was still left to get slimy in the drawers etc, but this still cut down on the problem)." —Natalie Brown

    These bigs have a front handle so you can grab yours easily and pull out exactly what you need.

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $26.99.

    10. A set of four plates so when you run out, someone will have to do the dishes so they can eat again.

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    "I only have a set of four of everything (such as plates). That way people HAVE to wash a dish if they need it. No more coming home to mountains of dishes."—lizizcool

    These plates are BPA free wooden reusable plates, so you'll feel good about the environment while you fight the dirty dish fight.

    Get the set from Amazon for $23.99 (available in navy striped and watercolor).

    11. A set of airtight plastic containers to keep any treats you don't want to share *ever* in your room – these will protect you from getting any bugs or other unwanted creatures who would also find your treats delicious.

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    "A set of plastic jars to hide cookies and other treats that don't have to be refrigerated. I keep them in my room. I used to store them in the package they were sold in, but it usually makes a lot of noise and might get messy with crumbles."—hikarusoul6

    This set has an airtight seal to keep food fresh and dry. Plus, they're dishwasher safe and allow you to see just how many cookies you have left.

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $33.95.

    12. Storage cabinets for when space is at a premium, but you've got a lot of stuff. You can put these all over the house to keep everyone's stuff separated and in its own space.

    IKEA

    "We had three sets of these! One in the kitchen to keep our dry food separate, we had one by the front door for shoes, and we had another set in the bathroom for toiletries and hair tools. They were super easy to style with washi tape. Plus, the top of each adds a little extra shelving storage!"—mg190262

    Get a set of two from IKEA for $24.99.

    13. A snow shovel for those who live in colder climates (so you don't get snowed in).

    Amazon

    "More than once, my roommate and I had our cars buried in several inches of snow and our apartment complex would wait hours before starting to plow the parking lot. Keeping a snow shovel in the apartment allowed us to dig out on our own terms and not worry about more snow and ice freezing our cars in."—sarahm4696ac17e

    This shovel is compact but adjustable, so it's easy to use but is also small enough to pack away in a closet when you don't need it.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.53+ (available in seven colors).

    14. Some resistance bands so you can work out in your apartment without worrying about your roommate getting mad that you have equipment all over the place.

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    "These doesn't take any space or weight at all and help me stay in shape. It's perfect if you don't have much room to store equipment."—hikarusoul6

    These bands also come with a 41-page e-book with illustrated exercises that incorporate the resistance bands, so you'll have a place to start. All the bands can be used to make your workout even better so you get the results you want.

    Get the set of five from Amazon for $10.95.

    Just don't let your roommate drama get to this point:

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