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Poll #1780018 Laundry Machines

My primary clothes washer/dryer is located:

In my kitchen
9(11.7%)
In my basement
8(10.4%)
In my garage
3(3.9%)
On my porch
1(1.3%)
In a special closet or room just for the laundry
24(31.2%)
In another room or hall of my home
6(7.8%)
On a hall which I share with other apartments/homes
1(1.3%)
In a basement or garage which I share with other apartments/homes
7(9.1%)
In a special closet, room, or building which I share with other apartments/homes
4(5.2%)
In another communal space which I share with other apartments/homes, such as a kitchen or rec room
2(2.6%)
In a laundromat
5(6.5%)
At a laundry service where I pay someone else to do my laundry
2(2.6%)
Different answers for washer/dryer
0(0.0%)
Something else
5(6.5%)

I pay for my laundry

Not at all
8(10.4%)
Only in the sense that I pay for hot water
44(57.1%)
With coins in a coin-op washer/dryer
14(18.2%)
By paying someone else to do my laundry
3(3.9%)
Something else
8(10.4%)

I live in a trailer, so our washer and dryer is in the hallway between the kitchen and my bedroom. Though I prefer to think of it as less of a trailer and more of a footloose & fancy free home! It did come with a washer & dryer, though, so we just pay for the water (which is about $20/month/person for water, sewage and trash pick up).

Nice! In New York City, in most apartment buildings, hot water is figured into your rent, so once you're paying the rent, everything but gas or gas and electric is already paid for. My current building, my only additional necessary bill is gas.

To be specific, a converted closet off the kitchen/breakfast nook. And the landlord pays for the water, so.

I just recently got a washer/dryer in my apartment. They renovated my place and converted a storage closet on the patio to a washer/dryer closet. Apparently that's common in California (the washer/dryer being on the patio)? I thought it was odd...but sure beats the laundry facilities we used to have!

Yeah, I know a few people who live in warmer places who have theirs on their porch. Nobody with one on a patio, but I guess it makes sense!

I picked coins, but our dumb apartment complex switched to a cash only laundry card system where you have to trudge all the way to the office to load money. The machine only accepts fives and tens, and only OLD fives and tens. It will not accept the new bills for no reason.

I dislike sharing a laundry facility because I can't do laundry on my own schedule, but our apartment is right next door to the laundry room. It helps heat our apartment in the winter and it's nice not to lug our dirty clothes across the complex. The downsides are that the spin cycles shake our apartment, the door slams a lot, and there are lots of passive-aggressive notes posted about not touching other peoples clothing and etc.

Uggh, that system sounds super annoying.

Our laundry is in the basement, and the most frustrating thing about it is that it closes at 8pm. Since I don't get home till 6 by the earliest, doing laundry is a race!!!

we don't use coins we use cards. you fill the card with your debit card whenever you want. I only fill it up to $20 because if I lose that it won't kill me. XD

I didn't even know card operated washers/dryers existed! But two people so far have them.

To clarify the Something else:

I rent the washer and dryer from my apartment complex. So, while the water is included in the rent, the washer/dryer is an extra $15/month.

Though, on rare occasions, I'll take the laundry up to my parents' house (about 1.5 hours away) because my mother has this sick fixation that, at 31.5, I'm incapable of doing my own laundry. She used to come over and do it and my dishes while I was at work. Thank God she got a job. o.O

Oh, nifty. I would totally rent a washer/dryer if I could do so.

And omg I think I would die. I bring my laundry to my parents' house sometimes but it's mostly because there is a very limited time when I can do laundry in my building so sometimes I have a couple weeks where I just can't do it.

Tea Berry-

virtually all of the apartment complexes in albany, harrisburgh, troy, schenectady, springfield,etc. that I have seen are using cards and not coins.

The reason is simple- the machines were being broken into for the coins OR the change machine in the laundry room was being broken into.

This saves the machines and gives lost card money to the landlord!

I have never seen one! Either my neighbors have always been too honest or my landlords have not been able to afford this!

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Yeah, once in a while I get fed up and go to the laundromat, too!

I...my something else - our washer/dryer is located in a little shelter located off of our carport - we just refer to it as the "storage area", since that's mostly where we keep the lawnmower/bikes/hoses, etc. - but it also houses the electrical panel & hot water heater for the house (which is located between the washer and dryer in a corner and is actually in violation of a building safety code). But it's not quite a "closet" and it's not quite a "room", as it's not indoors, nor insulated, nor part of a garage or basement...but we carry the laundry outside to load it. It's a rental home, so the space is all ours...which is good, because we use all of it. We pay electricity/water/sewage/gas as separate utilities outside of the rent.

Edited at 2011-09-20 05:50 pm (UTC)

Exciting! It's like an outhouse for laundry!

Laundry is next door, closest I've ever been. I hated when I had to drag my laundry to the basement. In undergrad, we had laundry cards which you put money on but here we used to use cards until the system got glitchy. Then they just decided that laundry was 'free'/included in rent

Hooray for included in the rent!

We had a laundry room, but we later converted it into a "mudroom" with a sink and toilet in addition to the washer and dryer.

Excellent! Everyone needs a room for their mud.

Our laundry system is that we have family and friends with washers/dryers, and we use theirs when they are A. out of town and we housesit for them (they give us permission to do laundry), B. visiting and they told us it was okay to use, or C. Jason's best friend has given us his housekey and told us to do laundry literally anytime we feel like, no matter what.

We don't pay monetarily, but we housesit for people, we buy dinner, we cook dinner or we in some way compensate our friends/family for the time/water cost.

Hooray communal laundry favor bartering! That is an excellent system.

You just reminded me that I left my Laundry in the machine :D

Other than that, before we moved here we used a laundromat and paid about 20$ every other week for laundry.

That is how much I paid when I used a laundry service. Now I pay about $6 for coin-op.

We share a laundry room which is in the hallway of our building with other apartments on our floor. Not sure if that counted as "on the hall" or "in a special room."

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