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The coronavirus pandemic has interrupted public life to a degree that none of us have ever seen in our lifetimes. For many of us, heading to work is no longer an option. Whether we are stuck at home working or we are laid off in the meantime, more people are stuck in the house than ever before. Essential workers are still on the job, but what about those of us who are not?

Whether you are stuck at home with family or roommates, these situations can really wear on a person. No matter how much you may think you love someone, you haven’t put that love to the test until you live with them. If you live with a messy person, it can feel like you’re ready to explode 24/7. So how do we deal with these problems and avoid any sort of unwanted confrontation?

When we are already stressed out, the last thing that we need is any more annoyance. No one wants to hurt anyone else’s feelings either. Grinning and bearing is awfully hard, though. YouTube star and mom Brittany Vasseur has shared an excellent new video that is designed to get to the heart of the matter. Her pointers are sure to keep the peace.

Photo: YouTube / Brittany Vasseur

For starters, she recommends having a meeting with whoever you are living with. This allows everyone to clear the air. The meeting should not be held in an aggressive manner. You’re not there to accuse anyone else of causing problems. You’re there to make sure that everyone is on the same page from a cleaning standpoint. This gives you a chance to divvy up tasks as well.

The tasks that are in dispute should also be divvied into categories. If you are worried about roommates who are going to opt for the simple tasks and ditch the harder stuff, that’s what these categories allow you to avoid. Check out the video and let Brittany explain the vital importance of a DMZ (designated messy zone).

She’s got all sorts of tips and pointers that we did not consider before now. It does not matter if you are dealing with a messy friend or loved one, there’s no reason to turn a stressful situation into something that becomes even worse. By being as proactive as possible, you are able to avoid the more dramatic conflicts that tend to come to the forefront in your living situations.