He, She, and Phe: Dorm Life at Brown: The Laundry Room Hustle


Hi there! I’m Seunglee Lee, a first year blogger for He, She, and Phe: Dorm Life at Brown. For nervous freshmen, including myself, nothing is more exiting yet intimidating than prospects of dorm life. As I navigate through all the fun, hectic and hilarious experiences dorm life at Brown has to offer, I hope to share them with you and hopefully convince you that Brown is the place to be.

First of all, I hope you all had a fun Halloween! (or Halloweek, depending on how you celebrate it) There were all kinds of events this week here at Brown, including Bears vs. Zombies, the midnight organ concert, and the haunted house at the basement of Sayles Hall. Even during weeks with no special occasion, there is always a plethora of events at Brown. I’ve gone to a cappella performances, heavy petting, the organ concert, improv shows and more. You really can’t get bored here.

What I want to talk about today may seem trivial, but it is such an important part of dorm life: laundry. Some people hate it, some surprisingly love it, and others just don’t care, but you have to do it anyway. I know that when I started packing for college, it was one of the main concerns on my mind.

And the truth is, like any part of dorm life, it’s not that bad. But that means it can also be a struggle. What do I mean by that? It’s similar to sharing a room with a roommate and sharing a communal bathroom. You have to understand that you have to make some sacrifices, but at the same time even the most trivial, mundane chore like doing your laundry can be fun when you have others.

Here’s how it works. You (obviously) need to have detergent and your clothes; fabric softeners and bleach are optional. The unique thing is that you pay with your ID, or more specifically your Bear Bucks account. You swipe your card, press the number on your machine, select whatever is best for washing your clothes and there you go.

Here are extra some tips for a hassle-free laundry room experience

Do not do your laundry on weekend evenings: Chances are, they are already taken. There’s nothing more annoying than leaving your pile of wet clothes in the air because all the dryers are taken. Try getting them done at the most random time of the week or day, like Monday afternoon or Thursday morning. I usually have a lot of homework on Tuesdays, so I usually do my laundry on Tuesday nights. That way, I don’t have to worry about machines getting taken and it is an extra incentive for me to stay awake and actually get work done.

Do not overload: The machine starts shaking and makes scary noises. You don’t need extra anxiety when it’s midterm season. Still, don’t do it when you only have a couple dirty clothes. Three bucks per laundry adds up pretty quickly.

Take them out as soon as possible: More people use the machines than you think. For example, there are no laundry machines on fourth floor Champlin, so both Morriss and Champlin people do their laundry in the same space. Don’t leave your clothes in the machine for three hours. They’ll probably end up in the chairs or on top of the machine, and you don’t want that. I know some people who actually has timers that let them know when theirs is done.

See you all next week!


Do you have any questions or comments? Shoot me an email at seung_lee_lee@brown.edu and I’ll get back to you!


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