I know that laundry is not a super exciting subject so I will try to dress up the discussion of it as much as I can.
When living at home with your parents, you often have a washing machine and dryer in your home.
If you live on campus in college, you probably have a small laundry on your floor or at least in your building.
If you live in an apartment complex, you most likely have access to a laundry that is walking distance from your house.
If you still need to do laundry and for some unknown reason decide you want to leave the house to do it, there will most likely be at least one laundry-mat in your town.
I unfortunately do not have access to any of these luxuries when it comes to doing laundry.
If you don’t know already, I just moved to an itty-bitty town in Montana and am living in a basement-house with my husband; and we are not privileged enough to own a washing machine or dryer yet. This would not be a huge inconvenience if there was a hint of laundry-mat in town. Unfortunately, the nearest one is about an hour’s drive down the road to the next town over.
Because of this, the “simple” task of doing laundry becomes a character building adventure.
Let me paint you a small picture of my laundry day.
First, I wake up at 5 am because Mike goes to work at 6. Then I go on facebook and drink coffee and try very hard to wake up. At about 7 am I am capable of rational thought so I make a list. This is the first of many lists and is actually a very important step in my day. If I didn’t have lists I would probably leave the house without my brain.
Usually my first list tells me what I need to get done in the next town over. It includes things like:
- Go to bank
After I make my first list, I make a second list of groceries I will need throughout the next week. When I am done, I make one more list. This is arguably the most important one because it tells me exactly what to bring on my outing.
I will give you an example.
- Dirty laundry
- Laundry Detergent
- Fabric Softener
- Dryer Sheets
- Reusable Grocery Bags
- Insulated Grocery Bag (for dairy products and other cold or frozen things that can spoil on the one hour drive home)
I honestly don’t know how I ever leave the house because by the time I wake up, make my lists, and pack everything I need to bring with me, an additional hour or so has gone by.
After I finally get around to leaving the house, I drive like a maniac on a country road for about an hour to the laundry-mat because doing laundry is stressful and not a relaxing chore like it used to be when I was 13 and trying to suck up to my parents.