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February 4, 2007

Laundry Etiquette

Ian complained about the lack of rants on this blog lately. Fine. This one's for you, Ian.

My apartment has over 30 units and only three washers and dryers. That means some days there's some contention over the laundry room. Today is one of those days.

Now I always practice good laundry etiquette: I clean out the lint screen after every load (not to mention before), I'm always mindful not to leave clothes for too long in the washer or dryer after the cycle is done, and if someone has a pile of wet clothes on top of a dryer, I give them a laundry cycle's worth of time to claim the dryer before I grab it. No one taught me to do these things, I just see them as common courtesy in shared living quarters.

Today I went to collect my laundry, only to find someone had taken my still wet clothes out of the dryer, and mixed them with someone else's clothes in someone else's laundry basket.

At least after picking out my damp socks and t-shirts from some stranger's pile of damp underwear, there was a free dryer I could put my clothes in. That's right, had this inconsiderate clod waited five minutes, another dryer (full of dry clothes) would have become available. Then I wouldn't be in trouble from hiding behind the laundry room door with a family size bottle of meadow fresh scented Tide, waiting to deliver a blow to their inconsiderate head.

17:49 | Rant


meh, that's pretty ranty...i guess...

Posted by: Ian at February 4, 2007 8:22 PM

Rachel Ray recommends swinging a sock full of quarters.

Posted by: ryan at February 5, 2007 7:36 AM

Go down several hours before hand and affix an 'out of order' notice on the machines you want to use. Sign the bottom with 'Management' for that authentic feel.
Disclaimer - I hardly ever actually do this.

Posted by: Rew at February 5, 2007 9:51 AM

somebody put dryer lint in my otherwise empty basket for no apparent reason--even though a trash can is two feet away. it's like a crime wave!

Posted by: bonnie at February 9, 2007 10:12 AM

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