laundry. some hate it. some love it. 

but it needs to be done.

unless you were “that” girl that lived in my dorm freshman year of college. 

you know her. she’s the one who would buy new underwear at victoria’s secret instead of washing her dirty pairs. honestly, i was surprised she even wore underwear! i don’t think she appreciated my comments about her laundry skills, or lack thereof. 

fast forward to life in the navy lodge & communal laundry rooms on each floor. 

your new laundry room

your new laundry room

if you were fortunate enough to escape communal laundry then clearly you’re a Davidson graduate & lacking degrees in color sorting, master of detergents & water temperature. however i wouldn’t bet more than a quarter that you possess skills like ironing or sewing a button on your crisp Brooks Brother’s shirt. 

in our circus i’m the head of the laundry. and i’m sure there are many other mom’s who are the ringleader of their very own laundry circus. i can’t help but wonder if there are any trustworthy dads that have earned laundry privileges as they have complete knowledge of wash cycles & don’t intentionally put black socks in a load of bleached whites. did i just describe your husband? my apologizes. just put him back on trash duty. pronto!! 

i did our laundry daily in order to keep the pile smaller than mt fuji. i miss doing it daily & i miss my own machine. here in the lodge i’ve done our laundry every 2-3 days.

the problem is finding the best time of the day to do your laundry. this isn’t a competition but i will remove your clothes from the dryer & set them on the counter. you know the ones that you left in there overnight! 

be ready for dryer hogs

be ready for dryer hogs

each floor has it’s own laundry room. luckily our room {on the 2nd floor} is right across from the laundry room so it’s very convenient when i need to check on stuff & start another load. 

our room from laundry

laundry is just across from our room

our floor has 3 washers & 2 dryers, however one has been out of service for about a month now. the 1st floor has 2 washers & dryers & the 3rd floor has 3 sets of each.  i & many other women i’ve talked can’t comprehend the lodge’s reasoning of the difference of washers & dryers on each floor. you’d think they’d make things easy & have the exact same number on all of the floors. not so much! 

broken dryers are never fun

broken dryers are never fun

each laundry room has a vending machine with overpriced snacks & drinks. but it’s better than nothing. 

get candy bars at the commissary! they're cheaper!

get candy bars at the commissary! they’re cheaper

behind the laundry room door you’ll also find a laundry supply vending area. i checked each floor & their products vary so checking each floor before buying if you need a particular product as they’re not all the same.

this is a great option if you’ll only be doing 1-3 loads & don’t want to buy a bottle of detergent & or softener. when you first get to the lodge i recommend stopping by the laundry room to see if anyone has “gifted” a 1/2 full bottle of detergent or a box of dryer sheets. this happens weekly as people are always moving into their homes. you’ll find any leftover laundry products on the far right hand side of the shelf to the left of the dryers. 

laundry vending

laundry vending

the laundry machines operate on quarters only so make sure to stock up on them! when you run out there are change machines in the laundry rooms on the 1st & 3rd floor, but NOT the second. once again, don’t ask me why.

just a helpful hint: save yourself time & go to the machine on the 1st floor as the one of the 3rd is always out.

the machine takes $1 & $5 bills, USD only, so make sure to have large bills broken down before you need change.

before we realized there were change machines i walked to parcheezi’s pizza {just across the parking lot} & the friendly staff would exchange dollars into quarters even though i wasn’t buying pizza. 

quarters heaven

quarters heaven

there is a bulletin board to the left of the dryers with basic emergency information but new fliers are always put up so make sure to check & see if there is anything interesting.

laundry bulletin

laundry bulletin

you might find your new car from someone who is PCS’ing or get information about an upcoming class. 

cars for sale!

cars for sale!

the laundry machines aren’t fancy, because they’d probably be broken simply by being touched! the ones provided get the job done. simply load your clothes in the machine, add detergent, adjust the water temperature, close the lid, put 4 quarters in the slots & push the handle in & the washing machine will automatically start. 

if you can’t understand the above mentioned instructions remember you’re a Davidson graduate & call your mom & cry. 

the simplest washing machine

the simplest washing machine

you’ll know things are a go when the box to the left of “in use” is green. the color will shift to the appropriate cycle but the wash cycle is about 28 minutes. be kind and set a timer on your iPhone & remove your clothes & start the dyer cycle. 

dryers take 2 quarters & the cycle is about 30 minutes. select the temperature & make sure to press start after pushing the money in as the dryer doesn’t automatically start. for those who went to Davidson “the dryer doesn’t automatically start!”

don't make the dryer a complicated process

don’t make the dryer a complicated process

if you open the door to check the drying status you’ll need to make sure to press  start again once the door is closed. be sure to set a timer for the dryer & remove your clothes when they’re scalding hot & dry.

for $2.99 a set of 2 spiky dryer balls eliminate dryer sheets & get things super fluffy!

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