Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dirty Days: Laundry in NYC

So you're probably going to find this blog post a little discussing, or possibly repulsive based on your own cleaning habits. But maybe... Just maybe... You can relate?

I hate doing laundry. Always have, always will. This chore is the biggest time suck I can think of and it's typically a solitary task, meaning us naturally extroverted creatures feel as though we must be missing out on something better than our current state of sad affairs.

But that’s not even the worse part! No, the most unfortunate thing about washing your clothes is that the feeling of having "done" your laundry last no more than 12 hours. As soon as the day is done, another freaking shirt is back in the hamper!

Bah! It’s just bad.

And the thing is, this task actually gets even less enjoyable in the city. I simply CANNOT carry that bag of clothes down two flights of stairs and up two city blocks without muttering a curse word.

So I wait to do my laundry.
And then, I wait a little more…
The pile gets a bit out of control,
and I hide the basket behind the closet door.
Some clothes seem to be missing.
I contemplate doing a crucial load.
Oh but then there’s a rainstorm.
So I can’t walk my clothes up the road!
Well, I’ll just try for the weekend.
Oh but I’m out of town!
How unfortunate for me.
Though you wouldn’t see my frown…

And then suddenly out of nowhere, I’ll realize the last time I did my laundry was…


I know, I know… I shouldn’t have enough clothes to last me three months. BUT I DO! So I’m sticking to my ways suckers! It just comes down to this: You can take the girl out of college, but you can’t take the college out of the girl.

Please though, for the love of plastic hangers, if you have a solution to clothing storage space in the city - LET ME KNOW.

Always counting quarters and waiting.

Can you see my bed? It's there... somewhere. Stop it. Don't make that face at me. I'm sure you too have an oddity that is nose-wrinkleable. Besides... I only repeat wear the jeans. 



Mom said...

Oh my gosh, you are a silly girl!!!!! I do have a suggestion for your storeage issue. Page said for you to use the space saver bags. You put your summer clothes in the space saver bag and take the vacum and suck the air out of the bag making it very small. Then you put the bag under your bed. I will send you some. Space issues solved . Can't help with doing your laundry...:) Love mom

britney fitzgerald said...

hahaha mom don't send me one of those. come on, you know i don't own a vacuum! which makes me seem even dirtier! sigh. but it's because i don't have carpet people.

Lisa (your freshman roommate) said...

They have the space bags that you can just roll up (no vacuum needed).

Honestly, I'm glad nothing has changed since freshmen year (and I must admit I pretty much do the same thing). The only solution I have found to the clothes storage (because yes I can go three months without doing laundry): Move in with your boyfriend and then take up all four closets (apparently boys own close to no clothes). Haha!

Also - try bed risers, and store your clothes under your bed in plastic bins (works wonders!). If you have a mountain of suitcases (which I do), use them to store clothes. Unless you travel often, it should help you store clothes.

Lindsay Deadrick said...

Britney! I love your blog and hearing about your life in NY. I hope you are doing well. Now about this laundry problem! I can relate! The sad thing is that I live with my parents and the washer and dryer are DOWNSTAIRS!!! I don't know if this will help with 3 MONTHS worth of laundry, but at least you can roll it down the street :) http://reviews.crateandbarrel.com/7258/37734/3-section-laundry-sorter-reviews/reviews.htm

If you are ever in Richmond and want to grab lunch or something let me know! I would love to see you!