When I moved out on my own for the very first time, I was fortunate enough to have friends and family willing to donate their used, sometimes out-dated, home goods to my great endeavor. My Gran and Pappy were able to give me a fairly new but used washer and a very old but capable Whirlpool dryer. That was in 2005 or 2006. That washer and dryer have treated me very well considering their age and the fact that I have moved them from city to city and house to house numerous times. Exactly 4 times, since my ownership. After this last move, the Whirlpool seems to be begging me to put it out of its misery. I can't blame it though, it's had a good long life and it's probably just plum tuckered out. Seriously, if I had to blow out high heat and toss around wet clothes for a living I would be down to a size 0 with bulging muscles and leathery skin....and a possible mustache. All of that to say, that I have been going to the laundromat to dry (sometimes wash & dry) mis ropas sucias. I was a little uncertain at first about it because somewhere along my life I have conjured up an image of laundromats as dirty, sketchy, coin-change-only places of business. Though the outside of the building could hold that reputation, the inside speaks of a different way of doing laundry! The K Laundromat in Clifton Heights is the freaking bomb!! No lie. I have dreams about doing my laundry on the weekends at this place! Big screen TV's, clean, high-powered washers & dryers, snack machines with snacks AND trial size laundry products! Oh, and one of my favorite things are their portable clothes basket/racks. I know I sound mentally insane, but I'm telling you, this place is pure joy for me. The lady that holds this place together is a tiny Chinese woman named Jean. She loves Opra and boiled peanuts. She's the queen of everything laundry and I can only hope to attain such laundry savvy-ness one day. Ok, so enough chattering, here's the evidence:
Walls and walls of high-powered, fast-drying machines!
I dried 4 loads of laundry in 1 hour.
You can't beat that!
Yes, wash 4 loads for $3.55 and dry them ALL for FREE!!!
(Sorry I tried rotating the pic, no luck)
Arrived packed to the brim with dirty clothes. Left filled to the top with clean, neatly folded clothes.
A Laundry Diva's best friend:
Dryer Sheets & a Good Book (Dr. Zhivago, not sure it if makes the cut of a good book, but I am still fighting through it, so I will let you know)
I loved watching all of the laundry spinning around in the dryers. Especially when there were colorful beach towels tumbling around...it was kind of pretty!
Meet the Queen Mother herself: Ms. Jean. She works there pretty much everyday and she is always so helpful when I have dumb questions about how much detergent or how to wash pillows (p.s. they have HUGE dryers to dry your pillows, mattress pads, quilts, etc. You could fit a classroom of small children in one of those!). I always hated boiled peanuts, but she insisted that I try them. So, I caved and gave it a shot. They aren't half bad.
The blue thing is the corner is a folding table. Awesome. I wish I had one at my house. It makes folding things semi-enjoyable.
I will be posting very soon about several upcoming events : Carnival in Clifton (a real, live, Lake Winnepasaukah in my backyard), Jon & Casey's Wedding, Caitlin & Chase's Wedding, Vegetable & Strawberry Harvest, & The Spectacular 4th of July event that conveniently happens in our backyard!