I am 35 years old.  I have been living on my own in apartments since I was somewhere around 22.  In these last 13 years, I have yet to understand how my neighbors, who in almost every other area of life are reasonable people and a pleasure to live next to, cannot follow basic laundry etiquette.

Just now I went to advance my clothes from the washer to the dryer.  And just now, there was a very dry load of jeans from someone else in the dryer that have been there for at least an hour.  Now, they at least left a basket for their clothes to be put in, which I boldly did, but the last time I did that I heard some woman (who violated another cardinal laundry rule by doing laundry on a different floor than she lives) screamed “RUDE!” out in the hallway.

Here’s a basic list of what I think are basic, easy to follow laundry manners.

1. If you’re not going to be home to get your laundry out of the washer or dryer, don’t put them in either.  The laundry room is not a crock pot where you can let your clothes simmer while you’re gone for the day.

2. Set a timer.  It takes about 35 minutes for my clothes to dry.  I know that and I intentionally set a timer so that won’t forget to go check and bring my clothes back to the safety of my apartment.

3. Clean out the lint trap.  I don’t mind doing that for you (in fact, I get some sick satisfaction from emptying things like lint traps . . . I know, its weird) but its not my job.  I don’t make you do it for me.

4. Don’t take my detergent.  I usually bring it back to the apartment while my laundry is washing, even if I’m planning to do more than one load, but the one time I forgot and left it out there someone swiped it.  How neighborly.

5. Finally, you must not leave the floor you live on to do your laundry.  Now, I’ll gladly make an exception if your floor’s unit is broken.  But just because you decided to have three children under the age of 7 and don’t feel like packing the rugrats up to drive them to town where they have the industrial sized machines doesn’t mean you should be doing laundry on my floor.  Go to a laundromat.  Its cheaper, quicker, and won’t inconvenience me.

Simple right?  Don’t worry, I’m not posting this in the laundry room.  I’m afraid it would end up on PassiveAggressiveNotes.com.



4 thoughts on “TUESDAY TRUTHS: Laundry Wars

  1. I got a kick out of reading this.

    I was always too afraid to leave my things in the laundry room in fear that someone might steal or tamper with my things. Therefore, I always set a timer early so I would be there when it stopped. Bet you could have guessed that about me though, huh?

    Worse than my apartment laundry room experience? Doing laundry in the dorms! People would leave stuff in there for days! Did I feel bad putting them onto the dirty floor? No.

  2. I lived directly across from the laundry room in Restoration Hall; it was very convenient and I made a lot of friends that way. I always stocked quarters and Coke in my mini-fridge since all they had was Pepsi in the machines!

    • I remember you telling me that! I guess either times have changed or the girls just weren’t as polite and friendly.

  3. Amen!

    Is there any way you can get the cute little “thumbs up, thumbs down” rating button on your posts, and not just on the comments? I’d love to use it, but I’m not signing up for WordPress!

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