NOT experiencing enough passive aggression in your flatshare? Here are five handy tips to max out those horribly tense vibes.
Hush hush (no eye to eye)
If you were to ever talk about problems in a grown-up manner there’s a danger they might get resolved. So don’t. Does your flatmate keep leaving food in the sink? Just stay quiet and let that resentment build. Ideally, take it to your grave.
Okay, so sometimes things get so bad you just have to mention it. But things always sound much colder and more inflammatory via text, so that’s the way to do it. A WhatsApp group chat is ideal for this. Plus you have the option to not name the culprit – which gives you license to be even more of a dick about it.
Riddle me this
But what if you’re a people person and love to talk face-to-face? Well just make sure to say what’s bothering you in a way that’s impossible to engage with. For example, if you feel like someone is hogging the washing machine just walk up to them and say “You do a lot of washing, don’t you?”. They won’t know what to say and you’ll both stand there awkwardly.
Gaslight of my life
No intention of ever doing any cleaning? Simply make a cleaning rota with a tickchart and put it up on the wall. When it’s your turn to clean, just tick it off, but don’t actually do any of it. Then nag everyone else about keeping to the rota – they’ll be too busy being defensive to realise what an awful prick you are.
A pretty big deal around here
Or if you are a clean freak, whatever you do, don’t just accept your lot in life with good humour. For every single second that your hand is touching a vacuum cleaner or holding a sponge make sure the whole fucking world knows. The flat will both be clean and filled with the sweet smell of guilt and bad feeling.