While dropping my son off to college recently I was suddenly hit with the fact that no one is going to be there to do his laundry, make him wash his sheets, or clean his room.
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.
Guess who has to clean their own room now? That’s right - your child who you had to beg to clean their room, do their stinky laundry, and make their bed now most likely has a roommate and the odors will overwhelm them quickly. It’s easy to avoid your own smelly socks but when you have to deal with someone else’s smelly socks… "Houston, we may have a problem!"
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.
ROOM CLEANING SUPPLIES
INDIVIDUAL CLEANING SUPPLIES
SWIFFER MOP WITH REFILLABLE WET WIPES BROOM & DUSTPAN
LAUNDRY HAMPER WITH A TIGHT ENCLOSURE
WEEKLY: DO ALL LAUNDRY INCLUDING SHEETS, TOWELS, CLOTHES
PAPERTOWELS, RAGS, WET DISINFECTING WIPES FOR DESK AREA
MONTHLY: SCHEDULE ROOM CLEANING WITH ROOMMATE
SMALL VACUUM (YOUR R.A. MAY HAVE ONE ON YOUR FLOOR)
ECO FRIENDLY AIR FRESHNER
UPON NOTICE: CLEAN SPLATTERS, SPILLS AND EMPTY TRASH
MICROWAVE SPLATTER COVER
ASK: ASK PARENTS TO REFILL EMPTY CLEANING/LAUNDRY ITEMS
BAKING SODA FOR FRIDGE
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