The DO’s and DON’Ts of the Social Room

Emily and I have been blessed enough to have a very social room. I honestly don’t think there has been a day without someone sitting in our room.

But with great power comes great responsibility, as Spiderman would say. So I have compiled a list of do’s and do not’s based off of personal experience.


Do vacuum and clean every once and a while. The tweet below is true, but no one likes a nasty carpet. We have dragged in dirt from nights out, sand from the volleyball courts, and lord knows what else. I needed my back cracked and refused to lay on our carpet it was that bad. I’m shuddering just thinking about it.

I mean, a swiffer isn’t just meant for chasing clowns.



Do have chairs out for people to sit on. Not only do we have desk chairs, but we have these fluffy round chairs that everyone has taken a nap in at some point.

Do position the TV in a way for everyone to see it. God bless Emily for bringing her TV with her, because some nights call for a nice Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (weird movie), or a 16-hour Pretty Little Liars marathon on Netflix.

Do have extra phone chargers available. No explanation necessary.

Do be semi-tidy. Lord knows Emily and I can forget to pick up sometimes, but nothing’s more awkward than a guy walking in the room and seeing your bras everywhere.

Do have extra blankets, and keep your AC at a comfortable temperature. No one will want to come in your room if it feels like a sauna or an ice tundra.


Don’t keep stuff on your bed. When enough people come in, there won’t be enough seats, so be prepared for people to sit on your bed if you aren’t lofted. And occasionally they will fall asleep on your bed. Don’t kick them off your bed, they won’t come back.

Don’t lock your door, ever. You never know when someone is going to stop by, and they will become so confused if the door is locked. Even if it means Maddy comes in at the crack of dawn screaming for us to get up and work out, or when she sneaks in to surprise Emily, but you wake up and think she’s an intruder and begin to scream bloody murder.

Don’t feel obligated to be conscious with people in the room. This is an important one that comes from multiple cases of personal experience. One time after a party, Abby and I came back to my room and were hanging out, eating egg rolls and ramen noodles, when Maddy and one of the guys we met at the Beta event came to hang out. I decided at 3:30 am that I was tired, so I took a snooze. When I woke up at 4:30, they were all still there chatting, seeming to not have noticed my temporary absence in consciousness.

Also, this past Saturday, while we were all watching Maddy’s show choir videos, Emily, Abby, and I all fell asleep while Maddy relived the glory days. When we woke up, Maddy was still there watching TV, but there was also a new kid named Tim in there too.

Overall, be friendly and welcome everyone in. And offer food.

Love always,



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