Author Archives: Kayla Glennon

Sharing Space with Others


Space is important to people living alone and with others. Valuable and limited, space comes in many forms that you can try to control. It can be your kitchen that you decide to fill with objects and supplies, or your living room that you decide to fill with guests. What we do with our space  is decided by us…unless you live with someone else. Sometimes you don’t have a choice who you live with (e.g. being born and living with your parents, siblings, etc.), but when you do, you should be careful.

Sharing space may mean living with a random roommate, or someone you’ve never met before and have no knowledge of their cleaning habits. This can be because of college or just trying to find a way to pay the rent money. Make sure your communication is strong with this person (random or otherwise), and you talk about boundaries. It’s important to keep some to yourself so that you don’t have to worry about others invading or changing around your organization. Talking about your concerns is one of the most important ways to be comfortable with your shared space.


One thing you can do is suggest divisions. Depending on the amount of space you occupy, this can range from curtains to storage bins. When I first moved in with my suitemates, I bought a toothbrush holder for us all to share. This and the counter it sits on was decided as an agreed upon shared space. Things such as my desk and drawers in my room are typically only for my use. Cabinets in common areas that are meant for everyone are divided and what is put in there is typically discussed. Be open to other people wanting to use space and other ways of organizing!


There’s a difference between the space that objects take up and the space that people take up. Clutter and a mess from objects being lazily thrown around can be annoying. People moving around where they are not wanted can be frustrating. Sometimes you’re not in control of the guests in your living space and that could be a problem with what they do to it and how their presence affects your mood. The idea is to make sure your roommate(s) are able to bring up who they will be having over and when beforehand, while you do the same.


After all, it comes down to respect. There are times when people can be invited into certain spaces, but everyone still has their own personal space. Some people may require more or less than others. It’s only polite to ask if you can come in someone else’s space or touch their things. And just because you did it once before, doesn’t mean it’s something they’d like now. Be aware of other people’s feelings and if they are uncomfortable with you taking up space in their home.

Organizing Your Goals After New Year’s

The New Year gives people a sense of refreshment and a clean slate. December is a crazed month that has people begging for a start-over button. With holidays, finals, and the cold, it seems to never end. You will only be successful in completing your New Year Resolutions if you take the time to plan and organize.

Normally, I have an indifference to celebrating the new year. I’ve watched years pass, not paying attention to the particular time in which goals are achieved. I would see it more as every goal should have a different time frame and you should constantly be trying to improve yourself regardless of the year or the time restraints of that year. While moving forward with this concept, the idea of having a specific time to stop and refresh yourself is intriguing.

The way you plan and set up your goals is important. Taking the time to consider how long they may take and giving yourself that time is better than throwing yourself into too much. Set up things you think are possible to achieve within short time periods and long time periods. You can vary your goals from “start writing grocery lists” to “getting over fear of heights.”

Make sure there is a mix of easy things to achieve to more difficult goals. This way, you can get the simpler things done and still feel accomplished, while slowly working on the larger goals. If these aren’t constant, you may end up being disappointed if you don’t follow through.

What are your goals for the year? What have you accomplished so far? Let us know in the comments!