Doing the laundry
Living in college dorms can be hard. There is a small amount of space, you’re sharing it with someone else, hall-mates can be pretty loud, and you’re not allowed to have pets. While resident assistants and directors work hard to make the college dorm experience as smooth and easy as possible, there is only so much they can do.
One struggle that almost every KWU student is aware of is the laundry room issue. Much of the time other hall-mates start their laundry, and then just completely forget about it for days. This causes other students to move other people’s laundry around until the laundry room gets to the point where no one can do anything. In the end, there is a load of laundry on top of every dryer, a load of laundry in all the dryers, and both the washers are completely packed. So when a student needs to start their laundry, especially if they have a huge event going on, they can’t do it.
Due to the limited number of washers and dryers available for the Kansas Wesleyan students, this scenario occurs frequently. However, the saddest part about it is that there is no reason for this to happen if other students would begin to keep up with their laundry. If other students made sure to get their laundry out in a timely manner, it would leave more space for other students to get their laundry done as well.
With that said, it can be understood why this happens. College has a lot of different elements that can lead to distractions, making you forget that you even started laundry in the first place. In order to overcome this, there are many different steps you can take to make sure you are being courteous to those you live with.
First, don’t start your laundry if you know you are going to leave. If you figure that you can just throw a load in, go to practice, meet up with a study group, go to dinner, and then come back to put it in the dryer, you’re not doing it right. By the time you get done with all your other responsibilities, you have already disabled someone else from using that washer. Also, because you left it in there all day, you may be so consumed by what is going on around you that you forget about it. When you forget about your laundry for days, or even weeks, all of a sudden your laundry becomes a problem that other people have to deal with.
The second thing you can do to help out is to set a timer. Setting a timer allows you to put some cloths into the washer, forget about it for a while, and then remember it. This way you can get it out quickly and you won’t frustrate those you live with. Sometimes it can be difficult to estimate how long your laundry will stay in the dryer, so my rule of thumb is to set a timer for about half an hour.
Finally, you can always leave a sticky note with your room number on it on the machine you are using. This ensures that if you forget about your laundry, the next person trying to do theirs can just knock on your door and remind you. However, this one can be a little tricky because it requires mutual respect in order for it to work. If you are the person reminding someone to get their laundry out, you have to understand that sometimes life happens and people forget about the simplest things. Also, you need to make sure the other person’s laundry is actually done. If the machine is running, leave that load alone, even if the clothes look dry. If you go in there and the laundry has stopped, wait about half an hour until you go knocking on someone else’s door. On the other hand, if you’re the person who left your laundry in there, understand that the person just wants to get their laundry done. Be respectful and even tell them thank you.