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USING PRIVACY SCREENS IN A SHARED UNIT

The entire circumstance of living with roommates can be, to say the least, an adjustment. While there are a number of benefits to be gleaned from sharing an apartment or other rental unit, there are also many ways in which you have to accommodate one another that deviate from your normal routine. If you are currently sharing living space with others (at least other non-relatives) for the first time, you may be experiencing somewhat of a culture shock when it comes to the matter of your personal privacy. Whether you have a bedroom exclusively to yourself or share that also, you assuredly share certain main living areas, possibly areas that have been yours and yous alone in the past.

This scenario is common to college students who need to save money and therefore seek out the most economical living situation possible. This can be a very prudent arrangement for those who do need to scale back their personal expenses, but it can also present special considerations that must be dealt with so that all roommates remain relatively happy. Chief among these concerns is how to continue living in a style that you prefer and arranging your furniture in a way you like without unduly interfering with your roommate's or roommates' preferred mode. Privacy is a commonly named problem in this regard.

How Privacy Screens Help

Even in the situation that you have your own bedroom, privacy can be somewhat of concern. Particularly if you are a college student, it is most likely accurate that a large percentage of your time spent at home is spent studying. This aspect of your life is of critical importance to you at this stage of life, as important as your employment will be upon your graduation. For this reason, some household situations are difficult to manage, at first, when multiple college students share a single residence. Everyone has preferences of where to study, in what light to study, with what noise level, etc. While privacy screens will not do much to assist if you like your environment quiet and your roommate prefers to have the t.v. or radio as background, they can help you achieve a sense of privacy in other ways.

If you have a bedroom to yourself in the unit and are perfectly comfortable spending a great portion of your day there, you may rarely emerge to the common living areas when you are in the course of serious studying. However, many people prefer a slightly more socialized environment or, at the very least, begin to feel cooped up after seeing only the four walls of their bedroom after so long. If this is the case for you and one one or more of your fellow renters, you may be able to establish a common study area, such as the living room or a spare room not currently occupied by anyone.

When you do have a study room of sorts, you may find that the most conducive atmosphere of all to you concentrating on your studies is an atmosphere of "partial privacy." Using privacy screens in a shared unit can render a similar effect of study cubicles within a campus library. Students often feel comfortable and able to concentrate in these because they have the simultaneous benefits of the sense of other people in the room and enough quietness and seclusion to properly focus on work. You may be greatly relieved to discover you can mimic these college-library benefits within your own home. Some people who frequently read or study will find doing so easier with a privacy screen, as they will not feel self-conscious.

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