Post # 1
In my small apartment building (6 units), we have 1 washer and dryer that is shared. While I was doing my laundry today, my neighbor came up right when I was about to switch my was (I had one load in the dryer, one in the washer, and one in my hands waiting to go in). She said she would just wait until mine was done to wash hers.
So, I go back into my apartment and have a timer set to let me know when the dryer is done (since it runs for about 10-15 minutes longer than the wash). When I go to get those out, and put the wet clothes in the dryer, she had taken my wet laundry out of the washing machine and placed it on top of the dryer so that she could start her wash.
The part that is frustrating me is that she couldn’t wait the 10 minutes until I switched mine out, when she will have to wait to put hers into the dryer until mine are done anyway.
Now, this is not the biggest deal in the world…but slightly frustrating since it’s not the first time that it’s happened! I try to be courteous to the other people in my building and I find it rude to handle someone else’s clean clothes.
I don’t think this is something worth complaining to management about, but thanks for letting me vent
Post # 3
When my FH and I were looking for an apartment, one of my requirements was our own washer and dryer. That kind of stuff is so rude and really makes me mad! So incredibly passive aggressive of her. She could have at least asked if you would mind if she did that before you left!
Post # 4
Honestly, I don’t think this is something to get upset about. Is it annoying? Yes, but that is pretty standard for sharing a washer and dryer. Even though you had clothes in the dryer how was she supposed to know if you were going to come back immediately? I see where you are coming from, but with only one to share, that is kind of par for the course.
Post # 5
it really grosses me out to stack wet clothes anywhere…
i totally understand why you’re frustrated. i would kill for my own washer and dryer, but it’s just not the norm with the area i’m in (mostly older buildings). thankfully, fi does all of our laundry. if and when we get our own machines, i’ll do laundry all the time!
Post # 6
Yeah, I hate it more when my dry clothes get placed on top of the machines or on the grody table in our laundry room. When they’re wet, I can just throw them in the dryer and hopefully kill any germs that were accumulated while they sat out. I think what weirded me out the most is when someone took my dry stuff out of the laundry machine and FOLDED IT then put it on the table. I mean, they were just trying to be nice, but I don’t want a stranger handling my laundry like that! Ew! I ended up throwing them back in for another cycle.
The thing that gets me the MOST, though, is people who are uncareful with bleach. They just pour it in by the bucketfuls to our thirty year old washers which never drain properly, and lo and behold I often find myself pulling out a load with BLEACH STAINS all over it. I even wrote an angry sign advising people to watch how much bleach they put in and where they put it, because the VERY FIRST time I washed our expensive, brand new plum colored sheets, they came out ruined from bleach. My god was I angry. I don’t understand people’s obsession with bleach. I worked at an OLIVE GARDEN and was one of the messiest servers, yet I had two white shirts and they lasted me years. They looked cleaner than everyone else’s. I NEVER used bleach. Just hot water and biodegradable detergent, maybe some stain remover if I spilled wine on myself. I think maybe everyone should try to use less bleach in their laundry…they might be surprised with results! All it does is make your fabric break down and get really crispy, plus it always at least faintly leaves that noxious smell…and worst of all, it ruins the load of anyone who puts in laundry after you! Especially if you don’t take care not to spill it on the edge of the machine and stuff. 🙁
Post # 7
Honestly, I used to do this all the time when we had shared washers/dryers. How am I suppose to know when you’re coming back down? I have seen people leave their stuff in the washer/dryer for HOURS and not come down to claim it, why should I wait? Sadly it is just a part of living with shared laundry facilities.
The absolute worst laundry experience? One woman took up all 3 washers in our laundry room. There were about 10 minutes left, so I sat downstairs with my laundry and waited. She came down, emptied all 3 washers and then FILLED ALL 3 UP AGAIN! WTF?!?! I didn’t even know what to say, it was obvious why I was there… Sitting on a chair with my laundry basket. Are you kidding me???? I half wanted to stop the washer, take her clothes out and put mine in. 😉
SO happy to have my own washer/dryer in this apartment!!
Post # 8
@veganglam: OMG, that would make so angry that I would actually want/need to move over that. Or haul my stuff to a landromat. Ugh!!!!
Post # 9
@bpcmarj: I understand your frustration. The very first apartment I ever rented had shared washer and dryers. I hated when people would touch my laundry (I also set timers for myself as to not slow anyone else down), but no matter, it happened almost every time I did my laundry. Once my laundry was pulled from the dryer still wet, before it was even finished the cycle! I started using the laundromat after a couple weeks of that.
The other thing I hated about sharing the washers and dryers was the smell of my laundry after I used them. It didn’t matter how much detergent or fabric softener I used, it always smelled slightly musty.
Post # 10
It’s not to say that I haven’t thought about taking someones stuff out of the dryer if it’s been there for a while, but there was nothing for her to gain by taking my wet laundry out of the washing machine since I still had a load in the dryer…I guess my frustration was that I was trying to be courteous and get all my stuff out right when it was done…Oh well! 🙂
In another apartment I lived in, the dryers didn’t work for CRAP, and I found that out the hard way when it took hours (and all the quarters I could scrape up) to even get my clothes so that they would hang dry without dripping!
@TinyTina: OMG, I don’t know what I would have done if I were you. That’s one of those things where you kind of shake your head in disbelief and then get pissed about it a few minutes later!
Post # 11
I HATED sharing a washer and dryer with the 10+ other apartments in my building when we lived in Portland! When we moved here, I made sure to get our own washer and dryer. I understand why you are frustrated! I hate when people touch my cloths!
Vent away because I totally understand!
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2011 - Hunter's Ridge, Princeton, IL
When we were living in an apartment with shared laundry, I came downstairs right as a lady was taking my soaking wet laundry out before the cycle was over. The kicker? She didn’t notice me and dumped them ON THE FLOOR in a corner. The dirty basement floor. Sick.
Post # 13
Do you live in the same building I did? LOL. I had the same thing happen to me last year in my old building. A girl put my wet clothes on top of the washer & left a note saying she would put them in the dryer. I go back in the morning and she didn’t do it!!! UGHH!!!
Post # 14
@jam: Okay, now THAT is totally uncalled for!!! GROOOOSSSS.
Post # 15
@jam:omg what did u do??? thats crazy
Post # 16
@jam: Eff that I would have taken her clothes out and straight dumped them in the trash with a nice little note on top. I would be so mad!