You probably already know the most important thing about roommates, the main reason for having one (or more) in the first place: sharing expenses. If we were all independently wealthy, decisions about whether or not to have roommates would be less stressful but clearly that isn't the case. But they are important, maybe even more important, than this-and this is why I insist that roommate problems are important. Roommate problems are important because roommates are important.
Okay, so you need a roommate. More than likely it's a financial decision: sharing
expenses, especially housing, can make all the difference to a budget. And
sometimes you just have no choice. If you are a college student and you want to
live in one of the dorms, in many cases the only choice you have is to have a
roommate or possibly more than one. So there are definitely times when the
ability to make a roommate situation work well can be important if not essential.
I have created "homesharecentral.org" because I think homesharing -- an old idea that is becoming more and more popular recently -- is a fabulous concept and I want to help it to succeed. And by "succeed" I mean "benefit as many people as it genuinely can." There is no reason to try to talk someone into sharing their home if they are simply not interested. But more and more people are beginning to suspect that they might benefit -- and maybe even enjoy it!