The Struggles of doing Laundry in College

I get it, doing laundry isn’t that big of a deal right? It really isn’t, but with most everything, there are a set of annoyances that come with it when you pair it with the fact that you are at college.

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  1. You have to do it (and fold it too)

Your parents are not there anymore to help with laundry so you will need to know how to do it (how much soap, what can and can’t be dried completely, what should be hand washed, etc.). It’s just another responsibility to add to the list when it comes to living without your parents (doing adult things can be hard). Sometimes, the hard part is just finding the motivation (and time) to walk yourself there and start the load.

  1. Carrying it there

Maybe you’re lucky and there are laundry facilities on your floor, good for you! But unfortunately, there is also the chance that the laundry facilities are in the basement and you live on the top floor.  This becomes even more unfortunate when all of the washers and dryers are in use.

  1. Having to pay for it

For some lucky people, laundry at their college is free, but chances are, you will be paying for laundry in college. Some people get around this by just bringing their dirty clothes home every weekend, but not everyone lives that close to home or can afford that kind of gas usage.

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  1. Other people

For some people, it is not the act of doing laundry at the college that is the bad part, sometimes it is other individual’s habits.

I have experienced, time and time again, that people will just forget their stuff that is in the washer or dryer and just leave it there for ages. There are times when I have gone to do laundry and BOTH laundry rooms were full with loads
that were done and just sitting there. When I come across this, I just take my load back to my room and try to deal with it later, but there are some individuals who are not that patient. Sometimes, when someone leaves their load in the dryer or washer and it is done, someone will take the clothes out and put them on the table or floor so they can start their load.

Another habit that I have noticed is that some people do not know hdryer-2ow to empty their pockets of gum. I am not exaggerating when I say that every time I go down to start laundry, there is gum in at least two of the dryers, and sometimes those two are the only ones open. If you ever do end up with gum on some of your clothing from this, there is a simple way to get it off, that even college kids can do, as described in this video! You could also try just rubbing ice on it instead if that is more appealing to you! 🙂

If you are one of those people who just does not want to deal with laundry, you will unfortunately have to overcome that and just deal with it. The dos and don’ts of doing laundry in college dorms is an article filled with laundry room etiquette and tips to get you through the process!

 

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Struggles of Having a Roommate

 

Although I touched on dorm life in one of my first posts, I really did not go deep into the struggles of having a roommate. The truth is, there is no such thing as “the perfect roommate” and you shouldn’t expect one! This post, I will be going through just some of the classic frustrations that I have heard about peoples’ roommates.

  1. Their significant other is in the room all the timedownload (5)

At first, this may not bug you, but eventually you will probably get tired of planning showers, studying, and relaxing around them being there. This situation gets worse when you don’t particularly like their significant other.

  1. They live at their significant others

Some people may count this as a pro, but sometimes your roommate will just basically move out, leaving you with a room that has two people’s stuff in it but with only you actually living there. One of my friends has literally only seen their roommate three times this school year because of this.

  1. They won’t take out the trash102309_trash_philavanh_wanda-003

Enough said.

And if your goal is to make them take out the trash, just tell them, don’t try to play games by not taking out the trash in the hopes they will eventually because that just leads to an overflowing trashcan. Trust me on this one.

  1. Showering isn’t part of their regular routine

I get that different people have different routines, and I’m definitely not saying that everyone needs to shower every single day, but going weeks without showering is pretty gross. Just like with the trash, feel free to approach this one, not for them necessarily, but for your own sake. This honestly could be a big misunderstanding where they are showering, but it’s not when you’re around or something.

  1. Bedtime routines don’t match upsleepin___by_toonpirate-d4gdrsa

If you’re lucky, you’ll get a roommate that goes to bed and wakes up at the same time as you, or at least respects your bedtime schedule. By respect, I mean that they try to be quiet when they are up later than you or if they get up earlier than you they don’t turn all the lights on. Unfortunately, not everyone gets paired with a roommate that is respectful to your sleeping needs. If you get someone who thinks coming in super late, being obnoxiously loud is okay, then you could be in for a very tiring semester. As always, it is perfectly fine to voice your opinion and tell them that you’d prefer if they tried to be quieter. If it continues, feel free to get your RA involved or skip right to just finding a new roommate.

Along with the struggles that come with having a roommate, there are also many pros so don’t let this list scare you away from this crazy adventure! The video below talks about a few of the most common pros and cons of having a roommate!

The Struggle of Dorm Life

It’s not as glorious as TV shows make it seem.

Most of my very first college friends were made in the dorm I live in on campus. Although I am extremely thankful I chose to live in the dorms, a lot of struggles come with living on campus, these are just a few.

  1. Living with someone you probably don’t know:

Obviously this could come with several problems of its own, but it is actually pretty scary moving in with a stranger; you don’t know their sleeping schedule, how often they clean, if they shower regularly, or if you just plain won’t get along. The college you are attending will often send you information about your roommate and give you ways to contact them, but that does not always assure they will answer your texts or Facebook messages. I was lucky and got a roommate that replied to me and we talked for a month or so before moving in together, but some of my friends could not even hold a conversation with theirs/ get them to reply at all.

My personal advice for this issue is just to be up front with the person you are living with. It is okay to ask them to take out the trash or tell them if something bothers you.

2. Community Bathrooms:

Sharing a bathroom with more than your family is hard. Unless you are living in an apartment style dorm room that has a bathroom in it, you will just have to deal with having to share a bathroom with everyone on your floor. This doesn’t seem so bad so bad at first, because people haven’t gotten comfortable yet, but it gets worse as the year progresses.b809e163a4adaeb8dd84f6c2c6ecef64

By worse, I mean that there are several habits of the other individuals on your
floor that are just disgusting. More and more hair starts to accumulate in the shower, not just on the floor by the drain but also strung on the walls. You will walk in on people watching Netflix while going to the bathroom, and they could potentially be staying in there for more than an hour. You 54dac3109e8d5_-_sev-alexa-bathroom-sign-0110learn who doesn’t wash their hands after they use the restroom and discover too intimate of information about your neighbors.

3. Dorm kitchens:

By kitchen, they most likely mean the loosest form of the word. Not only is the equipment provided frightening to use, it is also sometimes still dirty from the people who were in there before you. If the equipment is locked away somewhere, you often have to go find a RA or someone who has keys to let you into the cupboard or closet where the equipment is located. UF New Second Floor Kitchen revThis comes with its own set of hoops to jump through due to the fact that sometimes there is no RA available, meaning your cooking has to wait. My personal advice is to bring your own basic cooking essentials (mixing bowl, spatula, pans, and measuring cups).

As you begin to cook, you will also have to keep an eye on the oven and check your food often due to the fact that the stove is just wacky and has the chance of cooking way too fast. After the food starts smelling good, you never know who is going to walk in and think it is okay to not only ask for, but expect a portion of the food you made.

Struggles and all, dorm life does teach you how to manage your time around other people’s schedules and appreciate the little things even more when you go home over breaks. If you have some extra time, and want to learn more about dorm life, you should definitely check out the video below!