Author Topic: Should I get someone to facepunch me, or does this make sense? Laundry content  (Read 11783 times)

lunahsol

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Nope.  Do not pay someone else to make this problem go away.  Go to the laundromat and get it done.  Think about how you can make better choices in the future to make this easier (keep up with it better, quicker drying/non-wrinkle fabrics, etc). 

I have a professional job and I hang clothes to dry on hangars over the shower rod every week.  You have space.  Be creative.  Do not fall into a pattern of paying a premium for routine tasks.  It is a money sink.  Be a Badass.  Tough love, yo.
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Laundrymat. Take portable entertainment like music or book. Occupy all the machines you need to get all the washing done at once. Same with the dryers.

Way back when I was a bachelor that's how I did it every week or so. Took it home and folded there sometimes, sometimes at the laundrymat. The ride home in my old Beetle was nice - all that clean smelling laundry to enjoy.

The cost of the laundrymat was motivation enough to buy a pair of used laundry machines when I could. Then I got lazy and seldom ever got completely caught up on my laundry. ;)

When I married and we had kids - everything changed. Need to work at it or it gets out of hand quickly.

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I've never thought of laundry as such a time sink to pay someone to do it, but really it all comes down to this:

Is it worth $35 to $40? To save 1.5 to 3.5 hours of my time

Why is it most folks around here push so hard to retire or be able to only work part time, but when it comes to paying someone else to do things for you rather than doing it yourself they take so much shit?  I don't think I'd pay for laundry, but cleaning, changing oil, etc; I definitely would.

It comes down to income, as a salaried employee I make something like $50/hr, much less per hour some weeks....  There are many routine chores I dislike more than work.  If I can pay someone less than my hourly wage to do these things so I have that time back to do do things I enjoy, how is that not extremely "mustachian" in nature? I have basically elected to reduce my working hours and wage to do something more rewarding with my time.




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We're all different. Different things are hard to different people. A few weeks ago while my wife was away our kids and I cleaned the house. It was hard b/c i don't like to clean the house but it needed it (several rushed weeks, not enough cleaning during that period) and I like a clean house.

Actually considered hiring a friend I know that cleans houses. In the end I was too embarrassed to let anyone else see my house much less clean it. I'd need to clean it before I let a cleaning lady clean it!!! ;)

On the other I would never let someone else service my car. Or detail my car. Or mow my grass. Or clean my gutters. Or clean my house. ;) I've let other people repair my cars only a few times in my lifetime. Either I don't have the alignment rack or a lift and the weather is too lousy to work outside on my own car.

We each have to decide whether the cost is worthwhile to us if we hire someone regularly to do whatever we don't want to do.

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I totally agree Joe, if you want to service your car or mow the lawn for whatever reason I'm all for it, hell when I'm retired I'll definitely be doing that.

OPs question was to pay for laundry at a rate of between $10 and $26/hr given the figures he posted, and seams to really not like laundry :)  That's his businesses not mine.

It bugs me that 2 pages of people jumped on the band wagon of it's crazy to pay for it without asking if his time was worth more than that to him.

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We're all different. Different things are hard to different people. A few weeks ago while my wife was away our kids and I cleaned the house. It was hard b/c i don't like to clean the house but it needed it (several rushed weeks, not enough cleaning during that period) and I like a clean house.

Actually considered hiring a friend I know that cleans houses. In the end I was too embarrassed to let anyone else see my house much less clean it. I'd need to clean it before I let a cleaning lady clean it!!! ;)

On the other I would never let someone else service my car. Or detail my car. Or mow my grass. Or clean my gutters. Or clean my house. ;) I've let other people repair my cars only a few times in my lifetime. Either I don't have the alignment rack or a lift and the weather is too lousy to work outside on my own car.

We each have to decide whether the cost is worthwhile to us if we hire someone regularly to do whatever we don't want to do.

Exactly! I pay like $35 every 6 mo for an oil change, because getting oil all over my clothes, face and the driveway plus getting the used oil to the dump and using an otherwise nice weather day is not worth it to me. I could be working on the garden, abd growing $35 worth of vegetables, herbs and fruit which I vastly more enjoy.
Also, there's a difference between being in "desperation mode" and just having to get something DONE that is not necessarily present all the time.

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It's been 23 days!! Where's the update?!?!

Did the laundry get done? Did the OP just buy a package of new underwear and a bottle of Febreze?

TELL US WHAT HAPPENED!!!

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I've seen the result of a second floor washing machine leak on a home.  There's a very good reason that these devices are often in the basement next to a big drain . . .

Modern codes require a pan under the washer, the pan is piped to a safe discharge, like a floor drain or the out the side wall of the building.  It takes about $40 in parts to install one, and the washer can leak indefinitely with zero damage to anything. I find a lot of the bureaucracy of modern construction to be pretty fraudulent, but his is one they got right.

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I've seen the result of a second floor washing machine leak on a home.  There's a very good reason that these devices are often in the basement next to a big drain . . .

Modern codes require a pan under the washer, the pan is piped to a safe discharge, like a floor drain or the out the side wall of the building.  It takes about $40 in parts to install one, and the washer can leak indefinitely with zero damage to anything. I find a lot of the bureaucracy of modern construction to be pretty fraudulent, but his is one they got right.

Is this true?  I feel like such an idiot now because I don't have one!  I live a a condo high-rise built in 2008, though first-sales lasted through 2011.  The developers gave the original purchasers (like me) an appliance allowance, which could be used for washer/dryer.  The vendor never even suggested a pan for under the washer!  I think this makes it likely that most of our condo high-rise has washing machines without pans.  Eek!