A few days ago I walked into my kitchen and found a note from one of my housemates. The note was a simple question about having a cleaning rota. At first I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t think there has been an issue with the cleaning, had I missed something? Did my housemates feel we were living in squalor? With these self doubts in my mind, I picked up the pen and added my name in agreement with the rest of my flat. And that was the last we heard of it.


While this note has got me questioning my own cleanliness, it gave me a great topic for this week’s column. Cleanliness.


During my first year I lived with three other students, in St Matthias campus, during my second year I lived with friends in private housing; and now I am back in student accommodation at The Hollies. In all three places we have been pretty tidy. In my first year we split the jobs and did them as a flat once every two weeks. In my second year we had a different approach, which worked just as well. We would tidy up after each other and ourselves. If you were washing up then you did all the washing up that was around, and then every now and then; normally after a party, we would all do a big clean of the house. This year we have yet to settle on a cleaning routine.


Now you may have found yourself in a kitchen full of dirty dishes and the recycling overflowing. Or, like me, come home to a clean kitchen and feel bad for not helping out; not because you didn’t want to but because you didn’t know about it. Don’t panic, its hard living with a new group of people, so it might take time to settle in. But whilst you’re figuring things out don’t let the cleaning get neglected. You may be waiting for someone else to do it, and they might be doing the same thing. So communicate with each other. Even if it’s a simple note, left on the kitchen table.


By Laura Howe