You head to the fridge and notice that your milk is almost gone, that someone ate your chips, or that somehow your entire carton of ice cream has completely disappeared. If you know it isn’t you, there can really only be one reason why everything is almost/completely gone: Your roommate.
The first thing to do is assess the situation. How much are they snagging? If it’s only a little, maybe you just want to let it slide. In a lot of ways, it’s not worth confronting your roommate over a few chips. However, if it is a constant problem, or they are stealing all or almost all of your food, it’s really time to say something.
Like with many other situations with your roommate, it is best to speak with them about any issues rather than not saying anything or just letting things slide. This is because your roommate won’t know that what they’re doing bothers you, whether you think they should or not, and it will just make you more and more upset as time goes on.
It’s also not a good idea to immediately confront your roommate about any situation like this. In most cases you will say something you don’t mean, and your roommate may react poorly. Therefore, it’s best to plan out what you’re going to say before you say it and figure out a good time to sit down to talk with your roommate.
It’s a good idea to keep your talk about the behaviors that your roommate is doing, rather than attributing the problem to personality flaws. It also best to work on ways that you can both get what you want. Maybe the problem is that you two should be splitting the grocery bill a little bit more!
Overall, handling your roommate stealing your food, or any other roommate problem, doesn’t have to be terrifying or frustrating. All it takes is a cool head, a plan, and a workable solution for both you and your roommate.