Okay. Okay! Now I know laundry is never fun, but since moving into my new duplex I have found a whole new appreciation for doing laundry. It all started with me refusing to buy a washer and dryer. If you had told me previously I would come to make such a decision, I would have told you that you were crazy! So here it is: The story of how the Laundromat makes me a better person.
My mother was visiting from Raleigh, NC to help me get moved into my new home. I decided to drag her to my first expedition to the laundromat. She of course, being the supportive team player she is, came with me. I might add, not without saying, “You sure you don’t want to just buy a washer and dryer?”, but who’s mother would feel comfortable with them washing there “delicates” in public. So we get to the laundromat and there is only ONE women there, and she was leaving. Oh no, what if i needed help! We didn’t know what to do or where to begin on this adventure. So I grabbed her on her way out and said in the most desperate voice, “Mam, I have never used a laundromat before. Do you mind telling me what machines you used?”. Now this women could have just blown us off with a quick, short, semi-informative answer, but she gave me the most awesome tutorial of this laundromat. Telling me what to use what not to use, how much money to put in the dryers so I wouldn’t waist my money. She was like an angle sent to guide me through washing my clothes. And no lie, what she told me is what I have done. I haven’t strayed from her instruction once. Its like that women wrote the bible on doing your laundry at Thatch Coin Laundry. So thanks Laundromat Angle if you’re reading, which I’m 100% sure you’re not.
My mom and I survived that day flawlessly. My mind was made up. I was not going to buy a wash and dryer, and here I am 5 months later still loving the laundromat. Now I tell everyone it makes me a better person. Which it does! Here are some of the ways how.  Reduce, reuse, recycle: It makes you want to reduce the amount of laundry you have. For instance, I used to wear socks to work, bring socks for the gym, and then put different socks on after the gym. Now I combine the socks to work and socks for the gym. thats an average of 6 pairs of socks saved during the week. I also recycle t-shirts worn out and about into gym t-shirts.  Folding your clothes the second they are out of the dryer. How many times have you forgot you dried a load of laundry and had to turn the dryer on again to un-wrinkle the clothes? Or put a dry load into a laundry basket without folding them, until you have a Mt. St. Helens of wrinkled unfolded laundry to get organized? I cant do that I have no dryer to un-wrinkle with, and I don’t have to explain to anyone the downside of ironing!  When you use the laundromat you have to be super organized with separating your clothes before you get there. This leads to better organization of your dirty clothes in the first place.  YOU CAN DO MULTIPLE LOADS OF LAUNDRY IN ONE, YES ONE, HOUR!! Need I say more?  Makes me the queen of multitasking. You can read stuff for work/school, take your dog to play fetch on Sanford Lawn, meet friends for coffee/lunch, run small errands, the list of things I have found to do during laundry hour is endless.
Only down side is having to hand wash your “delicates”. The laundromat machines don’t have a gentle cycle or a hand wash setting. So this week its time to wash all my bras in the tub. Which is what inspired me to write this post to day. Bra bubble bath anyone? I think I will reward myself for doing all this Laundry Fun by taking myself a bubble bath later.