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Living with another person can be hard.

This is especially true if your cohabitation is motivated by finances, convenience, or misguided squad goals—as opposed to, you know, having a family or great friends. Sure, we all hope to eventually live alone in a studio, house, or abandoned mansion where we freely roam the halls back and forth all night long with no one bothering us except the occasional child ghost. But sometimes we have to shack up with a friend or stranger until we get where want to be. I've personally had a range of roommate situations, from too-good-to-be-true to maybe-living-in-New-York-isn't-worth-it. But the lowest roomie lows have helped me develop a series of highly specialized skills.