Friday, September 18, 2009


Tonight I've spent my time washing all of my towels, rugs, and clothes, and in between loads downloading fonts while watching Murder, She Wrote episodes on Netflix. Is there anything more tedious than downloading fonts?

I don't find laundry to be tedious, but more of a drag. At least it is when I don't have machines in my home. When I do, I actually enjoy laundry, I even but this book. I like the suddent transformation from dirty to clean, the fresh start of newly laundered clothes and towels, and folding everything into neat piles. Plus, there's the mental relief of knowing that you aren't surrounded my dirty textiles anymore. Relying on public laundry facilities just takes some of the fun out of it though.

Here are the pros and cons of the laundry mat --


  • If there are enough machines open, you can do more than one load at a time and get all of your laundry done at once.
  • Sometimes laundry mats have high capacity machines or front loaders (mine doesn't).

  • There might not be any machines open.
  • You have to get dressed to do your laundry.
  • You have to go back and forth to put the laundry in the washing machines, change it to the dryers, then pick it up.
  • If you can't get enough machines for all of your laundry, you have to go back and forth even more.
  • Theft.
  • It costs money. Currently I'm paying $1 for washing, $.75 for drying.
  • You end up sacrificing some of your clothes before you figure out the idiosyncrasies of your washers and dryers. It's usually the dryers that cause the most trouble.
  • Like a beast of burden, you have to carry all of your clothes and detergent with you.
  • Other people see your dirty unmentionables.
  • Other people see your clean unmentionables.
  • Because you have to pay, you can't do small loads whenever you need to. You have to wait until you have a full load of laundry to do the wash. Some weeks this drives me batty.

At least I'm lucky enough to have a laundry room in my building. If I didn't, I'd probably pay to have someone else come pick it up and do it for me.


emilysuze said...

I loved the four months that I didn't have a washer and dryer because I spent that little extra bit of money to have someone else do my laundry for me. *sigh* Heaven!

Jill said...

I still get happy about having laundry technology at home because we had to go to a laundromat for the first 6 years of our marriage. I did enjoy getting 8 loads done at once and also enjoyed the extra room in the washers, but I hated hauling everything there and everything back home again.

michelle said...

That's a lot of cons. The hauling alone... Have you had any problems with theft?

Sarah said...

My favorite part of the laundrymats is the smell. I miss that. When I was single and rich, I did the fluff and fold service a few times. Emily did it every week. I was jealous.

Here they call laundrymats, "washaterias." LOL