Kindness is Being a Good Housemate

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Scroll down for the Landing Page (aka Table of Contents) information for this Kindness series.

Most people I know live with someone. The age range varies and so does the relationship context (friend, family, border). But no matter the age range or relationship, we can all make-or-break the situation by our behavior and attitude.

In order to keep an ongoing friendly tone in the home, it is helpful to be kind. Kindness is . . .

  • attentive,
  • considerate,
  • friendly, and
  • thoughtful.

Kindness is being a good housemate.

I currently live with my daughter in an apartment. Goodwill is especially needed in such a small space. We both make it a priority to exhibit the traits in the above bullet list.

By nature, my daughter is a tidy minimalist. I have a looser grasp on my belongings. However, since it is important to Elizabeth, I try to put my things away and declutter. (It’s an on-going process.) As it so happens, I also benefit and appreciate the results of my decluttering.

Being considerate and friendly are two other necessary behaviors/attitudes for housemates to cultivate. On the considerate chart are actions like . . . giving people their space for quiet time . . .  not hogging the best parking spot pr remote. . . taking turns with meal prep . . . everyone keeping the shopping list updated . . . believing the best about others’ motives . . .

Being friendly is an attitude as well as a behavior. This includes saying  . . . please . . . thank you . . . and may I? . . . Giving good morning and good night greetings . . . Apologizing and forgiving . . . Letting folks enjoy their own space and inviting them to join you . . .

Being thoughtful means taking into account what the other person needs or wants. It means thinking about their preferences. It means being humble and selfless. And it means keeping the lines of communication open.

Being a good housemate takes work, prayer, and laughter. And it is so worth the effort.

Your Turn . . . What is a kind action a housemate has given to you? . . . How would you rate yourself on the “good housemate” scale? . . . Which of the following traits would you like to mature in: attentive, considerate, friendly, or thoughtful? . . . What is one action you will do today?

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You can practice being kind by leaving me a comment. 

Please leave me an idea or two that I can add to my acts of kindness list. The idea can be intentional or random.


Want to know what other acts of Kindness are on the list? Go to my Landing Page . . Scattering Kindness: A 31 Day Adventure of Intentional & Random Acts of Service.  


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