The important thing to remember about borrowing things from friends is that you have to give whatever you took back. Do whatever it takes to remember this. Don’t put, say a book, with your own books. Keep it separate. Even set a reminder on your calendar to return it by a certain date.
When you are asking to borrow something, pay attention to your friends tone of voice. If they seem reluctant to let you borrow it, let it go. Don’t ask to borrow things that are very valuable or sentimental.
Treat anything you borrow with the absolute best care and return it in absolutely the condition you found it in. If you damage it in any way, offer to repair or replace it.
Say thank you when you return it. And if your friend asks for it back, return it ASAP.
If your friend has borrowed something:
Try to put your name on it, especially for a book or a DVD or something. People are much more likely to remember to return it.
If you need it back, just ask nicely. If they keep flaking, you might need to go to their house to get it yourself.
Don’t lend out anything that you would seriously miss if it was never returned.
(PS. Jaya, I will return your book ASAP, I promise, XOXOXO)