When your apartment complex doesn’t have laundry facilities, you’re forced to either buy a roll-about washing machine that plugs into your kitchen sink (which, unfortunately, takes up a significant amount of space) or get used to going to the Laundromat. That’s not an easy thing to get used to if you’re new to apartment life, so let us help you out with a few tips.
Figure out how many days’ worth of clothes you have for the season, and plan to go to the Laundromat when you get to about half of your total available days. Do that because your plans won’t always work out, and postponing Laundry Day can often lead to some very eccentric wardrobe choices.
Keep the Change (and Count It!)
Don’t forget to keep any quarters you get as change over the course of your week! There’s nothing more awkward than loading up a dryer, realizing you’re 25 cents short, and having to ask around the room for a spare quarter.
Use Sacks, Not Hampers
You can certainly use a laundry hamper at home to store your dirty clothes, but when it comes time to go to the Laundromat, transfer everything to large sacks. You can get large mesh sacks at any big-box or household goods store, and they’re great for transporting clothes while taking up a near-zero amount of space when they’re not in use. Sort your laundry by the loads in which you’ll wash them (colors, jeans, delicates, etc.) and put them into separate sacks at home before you leave; it’ll keep the process flowing smoothly once you get to the Laundromat.
Bring your own detergent, plus your own bleach, fabric softener, or dryer sheets if you use them. Most Laundromats will have such things on sale, but at inflated prices designed to take advantage of a niche of forgetful laundry-doers. Just be sure that once you’ve loaded your machines, you keep an eye on your detergent and other items; otherwise they might end up missing.
Run Small Errands While You Wait
Unless you have a laptop and a hotspot, you might not get anything useful done sitting at the Laundromat. Instead, load up a few machines, wait to make sure they’ve started up properly, and then head out to take care of small errands that might otherwise suck up more useful time. Return library books, drop off outgoing mail, pick up that one-off item you need from that store you never go to on shopping day — that kind of thing.