He has a roommate in his dorm room and I have absolutely no idea of how this other young man feels about cleanliness…but they both are about to find out.
I will admit that my son wasn’t a slob at all; however, I did have to nag about certain cleaning situations in his room. Let’s see if you too can empathize with the below nagging questions.
- Did you change your sheets this month?
- Is that a pizza box under you bed?
- Does that cup that used to be filled with Sprite now have mold growing?
- WHAT IS THAT SMELL?
But the main factor that we need to address is that communication is key. You may have constantly had to communicate to them to clean their room but it eventually worked.
Now we must teach our college kids to communicate with their dorm roommate and hopefully come up with a schedule to keep their room clean.
I am sure you bought the average needed dorm items such as small fridge, microwave, sheets, pillow, comforter and storage items but let’s back track to the fridge and microwave. Has your child ever cleaned the microwave or fridge at home? Probably not! Let’s send your college kid a list of “to do” items and cross our fingers and toes that they start to actually apply the “to do” list to their weekly or daily college lives.
Also, don’t forget to send them a small laundry detergent bottle or capsules monthly to add that soft reminder that it may be time to wash those sheets!
The invisible line of the dorm room is always there; however, when it comes to cleaning the dorm mates need to communicate monthly on at least cleaning their floors. They are not taking their shoes off when they walk in the room, so imagining turf, gum, and whatever else is on the floors of those rooms can be quite sickening.
Bringing College Germs Home
If laundry comes home when they do, you better believe that so does a college germ or two or three or a million. Take the precautionary steps now not to bring the germs home for Thanksgiving break.