When my dryer was broken for a week, I went to a laundromat for the first time since 1987. I washed (but didn’t dry) three loads at home and then hauled the sodden garments to the vintage laundromat down the street. For four quarters, I loaded everything into one industrial-sized dryer. It was done in forty minutes.
While I waited, I perused the dog-eared magazines and found the cutest pictorial for a Valentine’s Tea in Country Living. (When you’re finished, skip over to my other blog GreatGetTogethers.com and read the entry about it.)
Just look at the dandy equipment I found at the laundromat. For my marathon folding session, I used a bi-level table with plenty of surface area for multiple stacks. Wouldn’t this be great to have at home? I usually fold while sitting on the floor of the basement TV room, dog hair clinging to everything, so this was a nice change.
Then I placed my overflowing baskets into the wheeled cart they provided and rolled it out to the car. For people who have single-story homes, this cart would be an indispensable tool to collect dirty laundry and distribute clean clothes. It sure beats lugging around those heavy and awkward baskets.
The right equipment and a big dryer can make even the drudgery of laundry more pleasant.
Marna Krajeski is the author of HOUSEHOLD BAGGAGE: The Moving Life of a Military Wife, and HOUSEHOLD BAGGAGE HANDLERS: 56 Stories From the Hearts and Lives of Military Wives. She blogs at www.HouseholdBaggage.com and www.GreatGetTogethers.com.
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