Man Finds His Ideal Roommate in a Pillow. Find Yours in a Person.

Ah…the joy of roommates- someone to hang out with on the weekends, go the bar with, and to call and pretend your apartment is on fire when you’re out on an awful date. They can also mean piles of dirty dishes in the sink, hair in the shower, and late rent payments. But what if you had a roommate, or a significant other, who never left a single dirty pot, always put their things away, and never interrupted your phone calls? Sounds pretty appealing. Well 28-year-old Lee Gin-Gyu got all that and more (less is more these days, right?) when he married his current roommate and the woman of his dreams, a five foot two inch pillow.

For the ceremony, Gin-Gyu organized to have a special priest and even made sure the pillow had the perfect wedding dress. Gin-Gyu’s wife goes on many special dates with him to the fair where she rides all the rides, and out to dinner where she gets her own meals. I doubt she has much to say on these outings or at home, but she is a very loyal companion and extremely easy to live with.

Sometimes, living with a roommate can often make us wish we had someone to do all the activities we wanted, pick up their dirty laundry, or who would just shut up and leave us alone. However, living with a roommate, one who talks and walks, and breathes (sorry Lee Gin-Gyu’s wife) can also have many advantages. Studies show that those who live with roommates or significant others are happier overall because they are provided with more social outlets and opportunities for activities. Many also feel safer knowing that there is another person living in their home, and feel comforted having someone to talk with after a long day. Having someone to share the rent and utility costs don’t hurt either. However, in choosing your potential roommate, there are a few things I suggest you consider:

1. Scheduling- Are you a morning person? A night owl who likes to stay up until all hours of the night? Are you in school part time and need it quiet for studying? Love having loud parties? It is best if you and your roommates are in the same stage of life and want similar things out of a living environment.

2. Cleanliness- If you are someone who is incredibly clean and notices every speck of dirt, it is important to live with someone who is on a similar wave length. Otherwise you will constantly be picking up after them and begin feeling resentful.

3. Personality type- This would not be an issue for couples living together. The fact that you are already dating/married would be a pretty good indication that your personalities are a fit. However, for others, it is important to try to live with someone with the same general personality set. A super easy going person would not pair well with a type-A personality.

Having these things in mind, I have no doubt you are well on your way to finding the perfect roommate for your new apartment. . Sure, nothing molds to your body more or can physically fit with you better than a life-sized pillow. But nothing makes for a happier home, than peace of mind with a great roommate!


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