Here are the tell-tale signs your college boy is back in the house, albeit temporarily. (I didn't take photos while he was around or any of him. He's 6'4" so I didn't want to risk permanent disfigurement!)
1. They drink more coffee. They also make it themselves, leave all the stuff out, and rarely bring the cups back from whence they were taken.
2. Since they're only home for a short while, they don't feel the need to put stuff back where it belongs. See above photo of not only dirty coffee mugs, but Stabalized Ankle Brace empty box and college course books. (There is a bin right next to the desk where empty boxes could go, btw).
3. They do their own laundry. It stays in the dryer till someone else (me) needs to put wet clothes in, and then ends up on the bedroom floordrobe (made up word, courtesy of Iota) where it will be accessed upon need. It never makes it back to the closet or drawers. Hey, what's the point? Not here for long.
Alternatively, it can be deposited in the guest bedroom, out of sight and out of mind, until mom finds the creased-to-bits jeans and shirt, declares he can't possibly be seen in them - - -and IRONS them!
4. They eschew all the fun, bright teen shoes they used to wear and out they go! This pile is clearly too worn out to take to a charity shop. I'm also taking bets on whether it actually makes it out of the bedroom....
5. And -oh the bathroom - personal grooming is now in fashion. Note the retro Old Spice deodorant. He's over the stinky Lynx, thank goodness. (The can of paint is mine - ready for another DIY project. And - we do have a toilet roll holder. Not sure why there's one roaming free.)
Ah yes - no doubt about it. He's in the house!
Eek alert - I was browsing through my "teen" posts to feature one in the side bar (see left) and waddya know, the one I chose (without reading back over the content) was also inspired by tara at Sticky Fingers. I owe you, lady!)