Brown Threads: Laundry

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Ever wonder what college students wear to survive the temperamental New England weather in style? Not sure what to pack for college? Curious about the trends fashionable Brown students are trying out each season? Look no further! Brown Threads with Caitlin Meuser will feature weekly posts about the fashion seen on Brown University’s campus.

The topic of laundry may seem like a no brainer. Of course you need to do laundry in order to have clean clothes to wear. However, sometimes it is hard to find the time to do a few loads. This results in a definite lack of clean socks and underwear, a problem that is usually discovered as you are rushing to get dressed in the morning. So how do you avoid such a situation?

The key is to have a schedule. If you do laundry every week at the same time, then it will become a habit. As long as you have enough socks and underwear to last between laundry days, then you should be fine on that front. By setting up a laundry schedule, you can ensure that you will always have clean clothes to wear in the morning.

The problem still remains of what you put into each load. You will definitely have enough clothes each week for a full load of colors, but you most likely won’t have enough for a full load of whites. What I like to do is to throw my white sheets and light colored towels in with my white clothes, thus making a full load. On alternating weeks I also like to make sure to wash the blanket on my bed and the pillow covers on my extraneous pillows. I am one of those people who need to be surrounded by a clean environment in order to be productive, so doing my laundry helps me to focus on my work (as odd as that sounds).

Once you set up a laundry schedule and make it a habit, you should have no problems taking care of your clothes, sheets, and towels. There are also plenty of sinks for hand washing in the dorms and a handy dry cleaner shop right on Thayer for your nicer clothes. While it is always fun to plan outfits, is also important that you are taking care of your clothes and washing them the right way.

College can be full of stress, but laundry doesn’t have to be. By following this advice you should have no problem come laundry day!

If you have any questions about the fashion at Brown or what to pack for life as a college student, please email me at caitlin_meuser@brown.edu.

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