Hello! This is staff TAKUYA. I’m interested in living in a share house, but I’m not sure what kind of life they lead. I’d like to share with you a day in the life of a share house. I hope to give you a sense of the differences between living alone and living at home.
｜7:00am Get up
The alarm that I had set the night before went off in my room, and now it was time to fight against sleepiness. I set at least three alarms. There have been times when I have dismissed all the alarms because I was overcome by sleepiness. The one thing that saved me from such a critical situation was always my share mate’s knocking. They were worried that I wouldn’t wake up at the usual time, so They came to wake me up. I can’t tell you how many times they saved my life!
I went to the washroom with a hand towel and a shaggy head in the other. I was only embarrassed for the first few days. I greeted the members in the morning as usual and washed my face quickly at my favorite sink. Gradually, everyone began to find their favorite sink or washing spot. You don’t even need to look at the weather forecast, someone will tell you what the weather will be like today!
Breakfast varies from person to person. Some people eat cup noodles in the morning, some eat fruit or salad. Some people don’t eat anything at all. So the kitchen is never crowded! I’m always shoveling in bananas and natto rice while suffering. I respect people who prepare and eat breakfast well.
｜8:30am Going to work
My share mate, who is off work, will be the timekeeper. “Five minutes left! Hurry up! Hurry up!” It’s very helpful. I always head to the station just in time to see my share mates off. Since I’m basically a fast walker, I often catch up with my share mates who’ve left the house before me. If the time is right, I’ll even walk with them to the station on the way to work.
｜7:00pm Going home
When I came back home, I opened the living room door and said, “I’m home!” Then, “Welcome back!” from my share mates. Sometimes it takes me more than 30 minutes to get back to my room. It’s such a relief to come home and find someone at home. I changed into my pajama and prepared for dinner.
The kitchen is full of delicious smells at night, and it makes me even hungrier than I already am. The international cuisine makes me feel like I’m on a trip. I can’t wait to fix the fact that I tend to talk too much in the kitchen and stop moving my hands. We eat dinner together in the living room while talking about the day’s events, work, and love with our share mates. I really like this time!
｜9:00pm Relaxing time
As soon as I’ve finished eating dinner, it’s time to do the dishes and relax. I watch Netflix or play games in the living room with share mates. I often ask my foreign share mates to teach me English. On the other hand, there are many times when I teach Japanese. I feel like I’m a teacher. It’s a fun time, so if you don’t set a time in your mind, you’ll be in trouble. If you have the next day off, no problem!
In my favorite shower room, I take a shower while listening to my share mates singing along. Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of J-Pop songs sung by my foreign share mates. When I want to soak in hot water, I sometimes go to a nearby hot spring with my share mates.
After taking shower , I stretch in the living room with protein in hand. We have a yoga instructor who teaches us how to do this. While I’m stretching, my curious share mates gather around, and before I know it, we’re all doing it together. When I’m done, I brush my teeth and go back to my room to relax.
｜12:00am Go to bed
I’m going to get ready for tomorrow and go to bed. Good night.
What did you think? Have you gotten an idea of what to expect? A day at a share house will be completely different depending on the share house, so be sure to take a look around and find your ideal share house!