Why Isn't There More Laundry Room Etiquette?

By Emily Smith on February 27, 2013

For students living in the dorms (and people living in select apartments), having a community laundry room is unfortunate and unavoidable. It means you can’t do your laundry exactly when you want to. It means you have to wait for someone to be done and even then it is not promised that you will get the washer/dryer that you have been waiting for. It means your clothes may not be in the same place that you left them if you are even a minute late getting to the laundry room. It means that there is limited space and limited use of laundry machines. It can really (REALLY) irritate someone (namely me) when other people aren’t patient enough to wait for you to come get your laundry. Here are the issues that a couple of my friends and I have with community laundry rooms:

  1. People take your clothes out of the washer/dryer and just dump them on top;
  2. People will take a washer/dryer that you have been waiting on for 20 minutes;
  3. Some people are thieves.

There should be some etiquette and rules when it comes to community laundry rooms. For example, (when speaking of issue number one) instead of putting the laundry that you take from the washer on top of it, put it in the dryer. It would only take a couple of seconds to transfer the clothes. If there is not a dryer open, then just leave the clothes in the washer. If the student is like me and leaves the laundry basket on top of the washer that they are using, then put the clothes in the basket. It’s not that hard. Instead, people put it on top of the washer carelessly and the poor student has to go fishing for articles of clothing that have fallen behind the washing machine. Then, after a student has been waiting for 20+ minutes for a machine to open up, someone steals the machine even though the student has clearly claimed it. If there is a basket of dirty clothes on top of a washer, then don’t take the washer. It’s as simple as that. Also, don’t steal people’s clothes. That’s weird and gross. Just because something looks cute, doesn’t mean you can take it. As an Aggie, we have a moral code: “An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do.” Yet, somehow, stealing still happens. It would happen at any community laundry room.

Now, here’s a question that I would like to have answered: What should be the wait time before whatever is in the lost and found is up for grabs? Should you wait two weeks? Three weeks? A month? Surely by a month, the student would have long forgotten about it. It’s something to think about. The laundry room is somewhere that a normal person wouldn’t think about needing etiquette, but it does. It is in dire need of sound rules and proper etiquette.

By Emily Smith

Uloop Writer
Hi there! My name is Emily and I am a Senior English major at Texas A&M University. I was born and raised in Texas and have no plan of leaving it at the moment. I might possible settle down in Dallas, but that won't be for another two years. As of now, I'm staying in College Station so that I can be with my boyfriend.

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