Dirty dishes, mouldy shower tiles, shoes, clothes and other things strewn on every surface, and a toothpaste-laden sink are all signs that you are sharing space with a super messy roommate. What can you do about?

Talk about the problem: Your roommate may not realize there’s a problem. Bring the messy home up in a lighthearted way. Let them know their messiness is out of control and ask whether they can do some cleaning.

Make a pile: If your roommate’s stuff is all over the floor, pile it up into one big pile. This is bound to give you more floor space, and get the culprit’s attention.

Help them clean: An offer to help your roommate clean is also an opportunity to teach your friend a few lessons about cleaning. They might be embarrassed enough that they finally start cleaning. If they refuse help, hopefully they tackle the job on their own!

Make a deal about common areas: Having clean common areas might be the best you can get. Sit down and make a deal – and a cleaning schedule – so common areas, like the living room, bathroom and kitchen, are cleaned regularly.

Move out: Sometimes this is the only way to go. If you live in a dorm hall, talk to someone in charge for ideas to help motivate your roommate. If not, see if there’s any way to get a room reassignment. Or, it might be time to share outside of the college residence.