Dorm Life

Fred and I basically lived together when we first met. I lived across the hall from him my Sophomore summer in a Boston brownstone on the top floor in one of the fraternities at MIT. There were two singles and I lived in one of them and a girlfriend from college lived in the other. Fred lived across the hall with our friend Jim in a large open room that looked over the Charles River from a big round built-in sofa/bed that butted up against a semi-circular window, with a makeshift kitchen and a bedroom connected on the side. Fred and Jim were managing the house and summer rentals that summer. We all shared the dorm-like bathroom.

The following year Jim, Fred and I lived together in that big sprawling room. Once in awhile I would just get so grossed out at how filthy the place was and get into serious cleaning mode, I made the boys help out.

There have been many rooms Fred and I have lived in since then with the sharing of the cleaning chores, including laundry. We have been on serious lock-down as many others have so I began to notice the house was looking a bit like a dorm room. Dust balls piling up, laundry needs, the family room table filled with an assortment of things that could be tossed, just a film of dirt everywhere. It was time to get down to it.

Saturday with plastic gloves on we divided and conquered. It would be so easy to get into a funk and just let everything go to shit but we aren’t going for that. A weekly clean including the fridge just gave us a new ounce of steam.

Last week gave us an idea of the weeks to come. Consuming the new data, talking with friends, daily exercise, 3 meals a day and very important to keep it clean.

Comments (Archived):

  1. Pointsandfigures

    gives you something to do besides the news as well! (and its good practice!) The house I lived in during college was so bad my mother went to a gas station to use the bathroom.

    1. Gotham Gal

      That’s hilarious

      1. Pointsandfigures

        In retrospect….but at the time I might have caught a bit of heat…

  2. awaldstein

    Yup though my mom made us participate growing up.Of course, those who do this work for a living are so so screwed as most buildings are not allowing outside workers with exceptions.I kinda like cleaning.

    1. Gotham Gal

      We are paying everyone no matter what

      1. awaldstein

        You are good people though i have know this for a long time.Not everyone can or would do this regardless.

  3. jason wright

    Boris Johnson has just announced live on television that public life in the UK is now closed down for at least the next three weeks. The police have orders to disperse any gathering of more than 2 people.Plenty of time now available for spring cleaning.

  4. Laura Yecies

    definitely catching up on some overdue house organizing projects

  5. Pointsandfigures

    https://www.saverestaurants… Check this out and support it if you can. Friend of mine is organizing it. He is a restauranteur. This will not benefit his operation (they are fine) but will help others.

    1. jason wright

      What’s happened to your avatar?

      1. Pointsandfigures