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I live in an apartment that has no washer, dryer, laundry facilities, or dishwasher. Believe it or not, I do not enjoy doing laundry or dishes. Nuts, I know. It’s especially a drag having to lug clothes back and forth to a Laundromat whenever I’m down to my last pair of clean socks. So, what to do?
I was over at a buddy’s house for poker night when I saw that he had a little countertop dishwasher that hooked up to the faucet on his kitchen sink. DING! It hit me – I need one of those. A few seconds later, DING! DING! It hit me again – why stop with that? Why not get an apartment sized washer and dryer, too? They had to exist, right?
I asked my buddy where he got the dishwasher and he said he probably ordered it from Abe’s of Maine, because that’s where he usually gets his camera gear from (he’s a photographer) and they also sell appliances. Then I asked him if they also had portable washers and dryers and he said, “How the hell should I know? Google it.” Fair enough.
As soon as I got home, I began my mission to rid myself of my laundry / dishwashing burden once and for all. I opened up my laptop and hit the Abe’s website. Sure enough, they did carry portable washers and dryers. Excellent, I could get all 3 at one place.
After checking out the prices, it occurred to me – was it really worth it? I jotted down some quick figures and pros and cons:
Not Buying a Washer, Dryer, and Dishwasher:
- I had to wash dishes EVERY DAY by hand – CON
- I had to go to the Laundromat every 2 weeks and that ends up taking like 3 hrs. – CON
- My favorite shirts were almost always dirty. – CON
- My girlfriend complains that my apartment is a pig sty because I really don’t do dishes every day and they pile up in the sink and on the counter, and I don’t really go to the Laundromat every 2 weeks and my clothes pile up on the bedroom floor. – CON
- My girlfriend therefore doesn’t want to sleepover very much, which means I don’t get...as much as I could. – HUGE CON
- Cost: Approximately $720 per year in quarters fed into 6 washers and 4 dryers every 2 weeks or so. ($60 a month.)
Buying a Washer, Dryer, and Dishwasher:
- I don’t have to wash dishes by hand and they don’t pile up. – PRO
- I don’t EVER have to go to a Laundromat. – PRO
- I can do laundry whenever I damn well please. – PRO
- A non-pig sty apartment means my girlfriend will sleepover more often. – HUGE PRO
- Cost: Approximately $1100
Yeah, ouch – $1100 is a lot of money. Still, compared to what I’d shell out at the Laundromat, they’d pay for themselves in about a year and a half. Plus, considering the pros and cons, to my mind, it was an “El No-Brain-Air-Oh.”
Here’s what I ended up buying:
They’re all energy efficient, the washer and dishwasher hook-up and un-hook-up easily to my kitchen sink, and the dryer just plugs in to a regular socket and is just vented out the window. I got free shipping on all of them, plus saved some more bucks by using some coupon codes when I checked out.
Am I happy now? Well, happier anyway. Compact appliances HAVE improved my life, but come on, they can’t fix everything. Oh well, gotta run – my girlfriend just showed up carrying her overnight bag.