Laundry may seem like a rather mundane topic on Globe Trottin Granny. Well, it is, but because I am living in Sweden as an expat from the US, I also feature things that are different than in the US. Is laundry exciting? I don’t know… it depends on what excites you.
The first thing I need to do is,
RESERVE MY TIME
This is done by using a special lock, that is given to you along with the keys for your apartment. The time slots are from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Even if I forget to reserve my time, often during the day there is a free slot. If I get desperate, I can always become an “early bird”, and use the 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. time slot.
WHEN IT IS TIME
I take my key for the outside door, and double check I got the right date, and schlep my dirty laundry, detergent and softener to the laundry room located a short distance centrally of the apartment.
NO COINS REQUIRED
Load the two washing machines, add the detergent, and softener, and select the cycles. A note here, Vanish in Sweden is a laundry detergent brand, not a toilet bowl cleaner.
DURING WASHING TIME
I could stay there, but I usually return to the apartment, and return when the load is almost finished.
Then I load one, or sometimes both loads into the dryer. In my apartment complex there is only one dryer of the standard design. My only wish is that there were more dryers for faster completion.
There is a large cabinet dryer. I don’t know what it is called. I have used it for some things that are easy to dry, or for things that are not quite dry when the rest of the load is dry.
I think it is an efficient system, and you will find this system is standard in all apartment complexes in Sweden.
In the US, when I needed to use laundry facilities outside of my home, I have had to hope I would get a washer, and dryer without waiting, and hope I had enough coins for the machines. No reservations allowed.
If you use a laundry outside of your home or apartment, what is the system? Do you think it is better or worse than this system? Leave your comments below.
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