All the rumors you have heard are true…I am the fastest laundromat washer this side of the Mississippi. When you have a family of five, just enough clothes to get you through the week, and a 2 hour window (max) during your busy week to get all the laundry done, you learn a trick or two about getting ‘er done fast.
Here are my sure fire tips for getting your laundry done faster at the laundromat.
Get your laundry money on grocery shopping day
My day to grocery shop is Tuesday and laundry day is Wednesday. I make sure that when I pay for my groceries that I get cash back for the laundry. My laundromat uses cards that I can load up and use like a credit card at the laundromat, so sometimes (especially if I was really under budget at the groceries) I will get extra cash to load my card up for 2 or 3 weeks worth of washes. If your laundromat still uses coins, try to get several weeks worth of quarters from the grocery store or at the bank.
Do your laundry during the week
Weekends are always going to be busy days at the laundromat, so try to go during the week. Weekday mornings and afternoons are best, but even weekday evenings can be good.
Have a plan in mind
My laundromat has different size machines so I make a mental plan and separate my laundry into loads according to the machines I’m going to use. That way, when I get to the laundromat, I place all my loads on top of the single, double, or triple washers to reserve the machine and I’m able to load them up fast.
Take notice of defective washers and dryers
I’ve been washing at my laundromat for almost 2 years and in that time I noticed that 2 machines seem to get stuck on the rinse cycle. Obviously I don’t use those machines. If you are new to your laundromat or just haven’t noticed any defective machines, ask the laundry attendant or other users if they know of any machines that seem to take a longer time.
Don’t watch T.V.
Many laundromats have T.V.’s to help pass the time while during your laundry. Only thing is, that they seem to pass TOO much time. You’ll be so distracted that you won’t notice your wash is done, 10 minutes will pass before you notice you have to add more time to the dryer or it will slow you down when folding the clothes.
Leave the hangers at home
Yes, I know that hanging up my clothes at soon as I take it out of the dryer helps to prevent wrinkles and even makes putting clothes away later easier, but my goal is to get in and out of the laundromat as quickly as possible. So instead of hanging clothes on a hanger, I just shake it, smooth it out and lay them flat.
Use your Ipod
The best way to keep your eyes off the the T.V. and on the laundry is to listen to music…especially when your folding clothes. It really doesn’t matter what you listen to (sometimes it’s Harry Connick Jr other times it’s Duran Duran for me), as long as it’s something that you can block out distractions. I don’t recommend listening to any seminars or talk-type stuff while folding. It can lead to too much thinking and slows your folding.
Forget perfection and just fold like the wind
Just last week, I noticed another lady who was folding her clothes as I was folding mine. I watched as she perfectly folded and hung 3 medium size loads…all the while I had folded 6 large loads. Did I mention she had started before me? And that by the time I loaded up my car she was just starting load #4? Oh no, that just won’t do.
When I fold clothes, I forget about that Martha Stewart perfection and I fold as fast as I can. I probably look ridiculous (people do sometimes stare), but what do I care? I’m done with 6 loads of laundry in under 2 hours!
Do you have any laundry time saving tips? Share your thoughts on the comments below!