Anyone who's been there will agree: living with the wrong roommates can be a hellish experience. Here are a few items that will help convert your situation to better than infernal. Your glutton of a housemate is double-dipping your $10 container of Chunky Monkey as soon as you leave the house. Before you go postal on that thieving fat ass, pop a Ben & Jerry's combination Euphori-Lock ($5, www.benjerry.com ) on your tub (of ice cream, that is) and rest easy that your calorie-rich stash will remain unopened.
Ever wish you could just toss out your roommate's dirty dishes? Well, thanks to this line of Bambu veneerware, you can. Made from organically grown bamboo, they'll biodegrade in four to six months. (From $9.50/pkg of eight 7-inch plates, Roots Design Showroom , 1400 Castlefield, 416-781-3574, www.bambuhome.com).
Great - so your roommate's a noisy slut. Tune out the soundtrack of said skank's relentless nocturnal conquests with a sh-sh-ing airy lullaby courtesy of the Sound Screen: the Original White Noise Machine ($69.99, Hedonics , 1120 Caledonia, 416-785-0262, www.hedonics.com), and finally get some sleep, even if he/she won't.
They looked normal, but it was all a front. Your co-habitants are easy-listeners, and you're not allowed to turn the volume dial past three. Before you give notice, get free run of the house with this wireless headset (AW771C) by Acoustic Research ($179.99, Future Shop , 353 Yonge, 416-971-5377, www.futureshop.ca).
You don't have to know everything your roomie's up to, do you? Put up some curtains and get yourself some adult-style privacy without having to turn a screw with this tension-locking curtain rod by Umbra ($24.99, Home Outfitters , 1880 the Queensway, 416-847-0494).