hate really don’t like doing laundry. But I like having clean underwear and avoiding tickets for public nudity. However most of the advice to conquer Mount Washmore is to do a load a day… which works great if you have a washer and dryer in your home. But most apartment dwellers don’t have the luxury. However I have some tips to make this dreaded chore I little less painful.
- If you have room, have two laundry baskets: one for darks and one for whites and delicates. Why fight the sorting battle? Also by adding the delicates to the whites’ basket, it’s easier to see what needs to go into the delicates bag.
- Keep stain remover near the laundry. I have a small bin with Shout (not a sponsor) and a 1:1 mix of hydrogen peroxide and water next to my baskets
- Have a schedule. As a family of two we do the laundry about every other week. Larger family might need to up it to once a week.
- Load up the granny cart the night before you wash. Just grab your quarters and go!
- Speaking of quarters, keep a separate change jar specifically for quarters. You don’t want to spend time digging out quarters out of your spare change jar/water cooler jug.
So your laundry is pre-treated, packed, and ready to be washed. But how is it getting doing to get done?
1) Outsource to another family member or laundry service
My current situation. I’m a lucky woman in that Mr. H&H does the laundry (though I end up doing the folding…). If you have a spouse and/or grown-enough children (I leave that your discretion and Child Protective Service rules in your state), have them take on the laundry.
Of course, you can also drop off your laundry at the nearest laundromat. It’s not for everybody; I also feel a little weird about a stranger handling my unmentionables. A workaround could be to do a small load of underwear on your own and send the rest out.
If you have any qualms about having others do your/your families’ laundry, rest assured that I have yet to come across a scripture saying you have to do it all by yourself. Amen.
2) If outsourcing isn’t feasible for you (or, if you want it done right, do it yourself), there are some other options depending on your building:
- If you have laundry inside your building
Praise God! Your main objective is to beat your other neighbors to get the good (read: big) machines. Try to go as soon as it opens. You want to be there as soon as the super/doorman unlocks the door. You also want to scope out when the laundry room is relatively quiet. If possible, wash on a weekday before or after work. Everyone else washing on Saturday. This is
my my husband’s current routine. Our laundry room opens bright and early at 6am, so he’s usually there by 6:10am the latest. About 1 ½ hours the laundry is done with time to get to work. He I fold it when I come home from work/the next day/when I get to it.
- If you have to step out to the local laundromat
I’ma pray for you. But I’ve been there. When I was a single gal the basement laundry in my building was a little sketchy, so I went two blocks down. You also want to get there early to beat your other neighbors and their three kids. It’s imperative for you to prep the cart the night before so you can head out early. Your goal is to work quickly so you can get in and out in 90 minutes flat.
How about you? Do you have any tips for getting laundry done faster when you live in an apartment?