Carolyn Got It!

Probably because she used to have to give up her laundry room every Sunday…

She, more than most, would know what challenges we’ve encountered with the liveaboard lifestyle. But hurrah! The days of hauling a load to Mom’s, or friends’ houses are over at last. It’s always charming if you ask “May I bring a load of laundry?” when invited for dinner, is it not? And shockingly enough, we still managed to get invited back! I love my friends! Yes, K, that means you!

As an alternative, there was the dreaded laundromat. Never quite a clean place, always more quarters than you would think, impossible to multi-task. One word. EWWwwwwww.

Then there was the third option, not a bad one. Just expensive. Tana’s Underwear Origami (yes, dear, you get all the credit for introducing me to that concept), aka the Wash-Dry-Fold service at the local suds. While you do get fresh and happy clothes back (after taking them a big ol’ bag of grubby stuff), I had a hard time justifying the cost in my mind.

So far I’ve noticed the following about my new toy:

  • It’s really, really quiet. Like, our-bed-is-on-top-of-it-and-we-barely-hear-it-at-night quiet.
  • Loads, while not HUGE, are more than adequate. This could just be extreme gratitude at not having to go anywhere. I’d rather do 12 loads here than 3 at the laundromat.
  • I LOVE hanging the clothes up where they belong right out of the dryer. At my old house, I actually put shelving in the utility room. The kids and I kept our clothes in there and grabbed them in the morning on our way to the bath. One obstacle I always get hung up on is getting the clothes into a basket, then OUT of the basket into the drawers. Seems inefficient to me, too much handling. When I tried to force myself to “conform to the system” (a hopeless task at best), we’d end up getting dressed out of hampers of clean clothes. Maybe it’s just me. Heck, I can admit to a character flaw or two. Now I turn around and hang them up immediately where they belong. It’s like the universe handed me the system I was always aiming for…
  • If I had to admit to my other laundry flaw, it’s that I don’t always get the clothes from the washer to the dryer in a timely fashion. Like, it’s occasionally been a couple of days…at which point they don’t smell so fresh anymore and you have to re-wash them. How completely inefficient is that!!?? Ta-da, enter my little all-in-one. Problem solved.

Between this and the Roomba, I’m feeling more and more spoiled every day. It feels like a huge splurge, but then again, most grown-ups don’t go 2 years without a washer/dryer. I think I’ve done my time.

No Responses to “Carolyn Got It!”

  1. Dragonfly
    October 9, 2008 at 8:11 am #

    Jamie,One of the very few things Blaise and I argue about is the laundry. I’m good about washing it, but then leave the clean clothes in the baskets for days..or weeks. It drives him crazy. I love that your new system does everything–washing AND drying. Congratulations. Enjoy your new toy! Elizabeth

  2. rob
    October 3, 2008 at 6:57 am #

    yea! I got the wrong address Sorry! after the “blobpage.” include “aspx/msgid/463430″sorry ( it doesn`t help that I lisdexic either) :o))Rob

  3. rob
    October 3, 2008 at 6:54 am #

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    October 3, 2008 at 6:48 am #

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  5. rob
    October 3, 2008 at 6:45 am #

    Have a look here these guys are approaching Seattle from costa- rica in a Nordhaven 68 might be worth a look as they will be up in your neck of the woods and cruising alaska when the time is right. Nice boat too and great owners too! boats name is Sans souci

  6. rob
    October 1, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    Great for a bad back? when the spin cycle cuts in I bet? just lay there and be refreshed after a hard days work?

  7. Jamie
    September 28, 2008 at 7:58 pm #

    T,Yup. :DCA, I guess in order to know that I’d have to pay attention to the loads. Which is exactly what I don’t do. I have no idea, but it’s under 3 hours start to finish definitely. I typically ignore it for the whole process, so I couldn’t give you an exact number, but it’s not interfering with my life in any appreciable manner!

  8. bowiechick
    September 27, 2008 at 10:42 pm #


  9. cyberangel
    September 27, 2008 at 8:51 am #

    Congrats on the washer/dryer, Im sooo envious. Ive been doing the laundromat scene for a year and a half now and I hate it. Im curious to know how long does it take to do a load in your machine? I was looking into the all- in -one machines and the reviews I read said it took about 12 hours or something per load.

  10. Molly
    September 27, 2008 at 3:10 am #

    I don´t think the not folding laundry thing is just you :). I do exactly the same! Here though it isn´t a problem lol, the maid does my laundry :D. I´m going to have some serious problems adjusting to regular life (and doin LAUNDRY) next year lol.Congrats on the WasherDryer!!