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365: Day 7 & 8 February 26, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — theefficientparent @ 12:55

I’m horrified!!  This picture of our dirty laundry is the ONLY one I took on Feb 24th.  So, here you have it…a picture of our dirty laundry piling up!!  But, thanks to a brilliant friend of mine who suggested  (gasp) laundry mat, these loads of laundry weren’t dirty for too long.

Which brings me to my next picture…(365 Day 8):

This is the laundry mat!!!  It wasn’t so bad…the building was definitely old and unglamorous, but the place smelled WONDERFUL and fresh…clean.   The machines worked great, but they had an accumulation of detergent spills on the outside, which contributed to the dingy look.   That’s because the laundry detergent is filled on TOP of the washer, which really invites spillage.  Still,  I had envisioned a laundry mat being dirty and smelly… but the insides of the washers were clean and that’s all I cared about.  Most of the people there were there washing comforters.

My son got a sticker for helping me take the laundry out to the vehicle, and he had a helping hand from another son who was there helping his mother too!  Of course, laundry mats cost money…lots of it!  The TRIPLE Load washers were 14 quarters and the DOUBLE Load washers were 8 quarters.  I think the MEGA Load washers were about 24 quarters, but don’t quote me on that.  I felt safe and treated it as a new adventure.  I haven’t stepped foot in a laundry mat since I was a kid…we lived with my mother and we were very poor.  The laundry mat was about 20 miles away and we didn’t always have an operational car, so my mom did a lot of hand-washing too.  One winter that sticks out in my head was when she hand washed a bunch of jeans and hung them outside overnight to dry so we would have something to wear for school the next day.  When it was time to get ready for school, we discovered that all of our clean jeans were FROZEN.  After going through almost 2 weeks of hand washing and going to the laundry mat (and whining about it on facebook by the way), I have a new respect for my mother, who did it without complaining for YEARS.


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