On a Sunday afternoon a few weeks back, I wrote out my plan for the week and realized there was NO WAY I was going to catch up with the laundry before the next weekend.
Even with my ambitious 2-loads-a-day plan after work each day, given that we would be adding to the laundry daily, it wasn’t happening! I needed a more aggressive approach.
SO… inspired by a friend’s facebook post, I decided to load it all up in the car and take ALL the laundry to a laundromat and race the clock to see how fast I could crank it out.
Yes, really. All of my laundry. In public no less.
I pre-sorted all the laundry and crammed it into the back of my car in baskets. Including the 25 minute drive, a preliminary recon stop at 2 laundromats (to check out the machines and find out the cost per load – the first was a no go with “out of order” posted on every other machine) and my subsequent run to Target to pick up Tide pods, a cold Diet Coke and about $40 in quarters, my errand took 4 hours and 45 minutes. The laundromat was pretty busy, but I was still able to get 4 machines within a few feet of one another.
With the first round successfully entered into the wash cycle, I kicked back for a few minutes to catch up on emails while I waited to rotate loads.
And then the wash cycle completed on 4 loads of laundry within a four minute span. Hashtag: laundrybootcamp! What followed was about 3 hours and 15 minutes of ridiculous hustling. Seriously. From the looks of curiosity and friendly smiles I gather this isn’t a commonplace activity.
All told, I washed, dried and folded 11 LOADS of laundry in 4 hours! There were a few items I brought back and washed in mini-cycles at home. Everything else was washed, dried, folded and stacked or on hangers when I left the laundromat and was put away within minutes of arriving back home.
Worth it? Absolutely!