Laundry Room Etiquette for USF Students

Freshman year of college is an important year. We are settling into a new home here at USF and what we do our first year of college can affect the rest of our college experience.

When my sister was a freshman, within weeks, she was already making a name for herself. People on her hall began calling her the “Laundry Nazi.” This was due to my sister waiting until the exact moment someone’s washer timer would go off and simply removing the person’s clothes to start her own load.

The same thing is happening in the freshman dorms at USF. The only difference is that unlike my sister, students are forgetting their manners – that is, their laundry manners.

Take Hayes Healy, for example. After putting one’s clothes into the washer, the machine locks and runs until its full cycle is complete. As the machine strikes zero minutes left, apparently it’s not uncommon to find your wet clothes thrown on the filthy ground. This is not only rude, but for the person who comes back to their clothes in a messy heap on the floor, this defeated the purpose of the 38 minutes of washing. You might as well have poured hot coffee on their favorite T-shirt.

I understand that patience is a hard thing to have, but what ever happened to the Golden Rule? Can we please revisit kindergarten and “treat others the way you want to be treated?”

There has been an even bigger discourtesy happening in Gillson. As many of you know, laundry washing machines lock, but the dryers remain unlocked in order to dry multiple loads instead of just one. In addition, two dryers fail to work regularly, leaving only four left that will take Dons Dollars and another four that will take quarters. Thus, a few students have taken it into their own hands to speed along the laundry process.

Instead of waiting for the drying cycle to end, people reach in, take out someone else’s attire and put in their own clothing. When one comes back to find their whites missing and someone else using up the rest of their money, you can imagine the steam coming from that person’s kettle.

To avoid becoming the next “Laundry Nazi” of your dorm, take my advice. One, be patient. Two, if the washer timer is up and you’re not feeling particularly patient today, please kindly take out the other person’s clothes and set them nicely on top of the washer. Three, wait until the person’s dryer time is up before practicing selfish behavior.

Finally, a suggestion for victims of “Laundry Nazis”: Watch your clothes. Bring homework downstairs and multitask. Or if homework and laundry don’t mix for you, make new friends. Remember there’s strength in numbers and having someone watch your clothes for a minute could save you from losing your money or ending up with a pile of dirty apparel.

As for make a name for yourself, I wish you luck, my fellow Dons. But please remember: manners matter even in the laundry room.

McKenna Taylor is a freshman undeclared major

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