Getting your roommates to do the dishes is one of the most difficult parts of any college student’s life, which goes to show you why college students don’t have very difficult lives.
Really, though, it’s a pain when a roommate won’t handle their share of the dishes, but you can do something about it.
Here are a few tips for college kids trying to get their roommates to do the dishes.
Don’t be passive aggressive. One important thing to keep in mind is that your roommates are probably going to be a little bit irritated that you’re accusing them of neglecting their responsibilities. I know what you’re thinking: that’s irrelevant, since they’re actually neglecting their responsibilities. I know. Stop yelling at me. I am a column
on the Internet, and I cannot hear you.
You cannot be passive aggressive or juvenile or you won’t get your point across. Don’t bring up how you washed all of their dishes for them the previous night, or how you would have met them at the bar if they’d just scrubbed their Lion King collector’s glass before going out. Simply tell them-positively and politely-that you’d appreciate it if they’d take care of their own dishes.
Make an agreeable policy with your roommates. If you like a clean sink, make sure that your roommates know this. On the other hand, if you don’t care whether the dishes stack up just as long as you’re able to take turns washing them, that’s fine too. Talk to your roommate and get their input, and come up with a dish cleaning policy that you can both agree to.
While you’re doing this, you should realize that college can be tough, and every once in a while, your roommate or roommates might slip up and forget to wash the dishes. Don’t be too much of a pain, or you’ll turn them against you, and they’ll murder you in a bizarre ritual. Either that or they’ll just stop talking to you. But either way, get a policy and stick with it without being a fascist about it.
Be stern. Don’t worry, I’m not contradicting myself here. If your roommates continue to avoid doing the dishes, you can try stuff like putting up a sign to remind them, or mentioning it to them the next time that you see them. It’ll work far better if you’re fairly stern, without being a jerk, and if you explain carefully why you need them to clean the dishes with you. Remember, you need to stay positive and agreeable. Do that, and you should have them scrubbing dishes with you in no time.
Do you have any other tips for getting your college roommates to wash dishes? Post in our comments section below.