9 Ways Living at Home Makes You Miss Doing Chores at University
Moving back home with your parents makes you realise just how easy you had it as a student. Even if you did complain the whole time.
1. Doing your own laundry.
At uni, you had a system going on. All your clothes were in one place. Your clothes went from your body, to your washing basket, into the washing machine. When the cycle was done the clothes came out of the washing machine and back into your room. What went in always came out. Now that you’re at home, your clothes go into the laundry basket and never return completely whole. Pairs of socks are a thing of the past and if you think your outfit is going to be ready for that all important night out, have a plan B at the ready.
Ironing at uni wasn’t really ironing. In fact you probably got the iron out once a term. Miraculously your clothes never seemed to crease. And if there was the odd anomaly it would be sorted by hanging it up in the bathroom whilst you took a shower. Now at home EVERY piece of clothing seems to be creased beyond compare.
3. Cooking your own meals.
You knew what you were going to eat and when and you didn’t have to wait for the whole family to get back home before being able to eat a satisfying meal. You didn’t have to put up with stew or eating things that just didn’t sit right with your taste buds. You could order a takeaway or eat pizza everyday and no one would question your health.
4. Food shopping.
Going to your local 24 hour Tesco or Asda was an exciting part of your week. It was a social occurrence that you got to spend with your flatmates. The world was your oyster and you didn’t need a list, you just went down every aisle and picked up whatever caught your eyes. If your trolley was 90% sweet treats and 10% vegetables it didn’t matter. Now you’re at home you look in the cupboards and the cupboards are bare. You long for the days back when you used to have a kitchen full of Supernoodles and Pop Tarts.
5. General tidying.
Tidying at university was great. You only had one room to deal with and you knew that the mess was yours. You cleaned your own space and afterwards you knew where everything was. Now, if your parents step foot in your room you can guarantee everything will go missing.
6. Writing essays.
You felt academic and smart. You got to present your ideas and theses to someone who actually cared. Now you sit at home with your mind whirling with thoughts and if you open your mouth to say something ‘clever’ your family either sits there with a blank expression or tells you to shut up. You’re no longer living with your course mates and your parents and siblings couldn’t care less about how Marx’s communism effected Literature.
7. Taking back library books.
You felt clever taking back those 10 books on literary theory. Now if you try to go to your local library all you can really find is a section for kids and some commercial adult fiction.
8. Changing your duvet.
At uni, you knew when your sheets needed changing and you got to do it in your own time without anyone asking you to do it. But at home there’s a constant obsession with fresh sheets, and the nagging never ends.
9. Taking out the bins.
If mum or dad go away for the week and leave you in charge of the house you’re screwed when it comes to sorting out the bins. When is bin day!? Who even remembers what bin day is? If you’ve only ever lived in halls you know that all you have to do is put your rubbish in the kitchen on any random day and a magical fairy (a.k.a. accommodation staff) will take it away.