06/22/2012 11:12 am ET | Updated Jul 12, 2012

How To Break Up With A Roommate: A Guide to Gliding Out Of A Living Situation

Possibly more awkward than defriending your crazy uncle on Facebook, and definitely more awkward than not calling the waiter who left discreetly slipped you his number, is breaking up with your college roommate.

The college roommate relationship is a delicate one. It can be broken for crazy reasons like Mr. Sounded-Great-On-Craigslist doesn’t bathe and ashes his cigarettes on the carpet or for small things like passive-aggression about dishes.

Whatever the reason -- unless your roommate has attempted to behead and eat you (run swiftly and call a cop in that case) -- the break-up requires some patience and planning.

Here is a guided slideshow to help you slip away from your roommate with the least amount of conflict:

How To Break Up With Your Roommate