I know I’ve said it before and I might even say it again, but this ‘adulting’ thing definitely isn’t always easy! Being on my own, doing groceries, cleaning, and what-not… lots of work, I gotta say. I think my least favorite part of this whole adventure is the task of doing our laundry in a shared laundry room. Having to carry all those clothes to the basement isn’t exactly the most fun activity, thank goodness for elevators! Gen and I have often wondered what would happen if we were doing laundry and there was a power outage… five flights of stairs with our clothes might be a little tricky! Anyways, we did laundry today and boy, do I have a story to share.
So sorry, couldn’t help but add this picture. Ross and Rachel, first kiss, laundromat, it just seemed so perfect! Here we have Rachel learning how to ‘adult’ in a laundromat. She really wanted to keep that cart, the one that she so rightfully deserved.
I really do understand that things happen and people have lives, but sitting there waiting for over half an hour for someone to come get their clean clothes = not fun. Now, as we’re still (somewhat) new to the whole apartment laundry experience, we decided it would be best to sit there and wait oh so patiently… What can I say? We’re very nice people. But, after looking around online at popular opinions, apparently it is okay to take the dry (dryness is a very important ingredient in this equation!) clothes out of the machine and put them in a clean place to wait for their owner. Oh well, maybe next time.. However, it did get me thinking… what are the ‘unwritten’ laundry room etiquette rules? How should one behave in these cases? Well, here’s my humble little list of rules, there’s really not that many.
- Laundry bubble – Same as the personal bubble… try not to take up the whole laundry room
- Timing is everything – Please, please move your clothes to the appropriate machine at the appropriate time 🙂
- Indoor voices – Totally normal to talk a bit with your wife/husband/friend, etc., while in the laundry room, but a voice somewhere between loud and a whisper seems to be the most appropriate.
- Do onto others – Basically, treat other people/their clothes the same way you want them to treat you… this one actually includes all the others and more!