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Laundry room woes: pick up your clothes

November 10, 2010

Staff Opinion

Doing laundry is by no means rocket science.  How hard is it for you to follow Mama’s instructions?

Sort the clothes, throw them in the washer, add detergent, transfer them to dryer and then pick them up.  Unfortunately, for far too many Young Harris College students, this is a daunting task.

Tension runs high in the laundry room. Not only is it the college student’s least favorite chore, but there never seems to be enough machines.

Everyone has experienced the laundry room on Sunday nights where every single washer and dryer is taken up by someone else’s last minute pursuit for a week of clean clothes. For some reason, wet clothes sit in washing machines for hours, sometimes days before anyone takes the initiative to put them in the dryer. Day-old waterlogged gym shorts no longer smell of Gain Fresh Awakenings; but, instead they take on an odor similar to a wet dog or sweaty tube socks, which permeates through the room like the newest fragrance from Calvin Klein.

The text message system is a good idea, but many students have complained that don’t always receive their notifications; and, if they do, they’re usually 20 minutes late.

This requires students to frequently check the laundry room or check laundryview.com every few minutes to see if their washer or dryer is still going.

All of the sudden, doing laundry is an all-day affair, which doesn’t fit too well into students’ sporadic schedules.  As more and more garments join the Table of Unclaimed Clothes, similar in concept to the Island of Misfit Toys, students become agitated.  On one side you have residents on the prowl for an open washer or dryer.

On the other, you have students defending their territory. This results in students becoming furious when somebody takes their brand new Hollister jeans or designer top out of the dryer.Students become even more outraged when they find their clothes wrinkled from being moved by someone else. It’s time to draw the proverbial line in the sand and start laying some garment-ground rules between residents.

Residents can take steps to make laundry day more like Leave It to Beaver and less like the attack on Normandy.

Laundry room etiquette asks that a person wait 5-10 minutes after a dryer goes off before removing another person’s clothes and putting theirs in, giving the original dryer occupant ample time to come and collect their clothes.

If you take someone’s clothes from the dryer, it’s good karma to fold their things, so you won’t have to hear their griping.

Conversely, if your clothes are removed from the dryer because you failed to pick them up in a respectable amount of time, you have no viable reason to be angry that your load was moved. There are hardly enough washers and dryers as it is without waiting for someone to remove their garments out of a washer or dryer.

Perhaps the YHC administration should factor more washers and dryers into the master plan.  An increase in student population means an increase in wardrobe. Right now, the student to washing machine ratio isn’t cutting it.


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