A telephone conversation started the whole thing. A dear friend was complaining about the state of her finances. When I suggested that she could rent a room in her house, she objected that “she didn’t know how to do that.” She’d had one horrible experience and didn’t want to repeat it. I argued that she’d made a mistake in letting that one person move in and that she didn’t have to repeat the mistake. She asked if I would coach her. I agreed.
Getting off the phone I realized that over my twenty plus years of sharing housing I’d developed a process that I could teach. The next day I wrote an outline for the book that became “Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates”
In my years of sharing housing, I’ve learned a few things. I’ve lived with singles, people in transition, a single mother and her pre-school son, an elderly friend of the family, couples, people in school or internships, and foreigners in the country for work or study. Some have remained friends, others have not. There is no doubt that my life has been richer by living under a roof with people who started out as strangers.
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