Laundry Day

11 Feb

I found myself in need of doing lots of laundry today.  In the States, that would be throwing stuff into the big washer, coming back forty-five minutes later, throwing them into the over-sized dryer, wait another forty-five minutes, then whine a bit about having to fold warm clothes.

I miss those days.

This is my kitchen…

my kitchen

See there…to the left…that little white machine?  That my friends is my washer AND my dryer.  It fits about half of what my Maytag could fit.  It takes almost two hours to wash one load.  To use it as a dryer, I have found that the best way to get things dry is to take out half the load, put that half in a basket, then set the dryer setting for an hour for what’s left in there, wait the hour, take out the mostly dry clothes, put in other half, set for another hour…

Needless to say, spending four hours on one load of laundry just doesn’t cut it.  So I only use the dryer setting when absolutely necessary.

Instead, I use the drying racks or wash line outside.  As it’s not ideal weather for the line outside, I’ve gone with drying racks.  And as I have a cubic crapload of laundry to get dry today, I’ve taken over every available surface.

I have laundry here..

kitchen door


drying rack in bathroom, plus pants slung over shower door rail


little drying rack that you can hang off your radiator - perfect for socks!


living room door


dining chairs and radiator


Maura decided her duck needed a bath, so he's drying on the front hall radiator too

…and on the five foot seven inch drying rack in the upstairs bathroom…and shower door…

lots of clothes drying!

Hey, you can see one of our electric showers there…ooo…ahh…(It’s the box on the wall in the shower area…note that’s a sheet drying over the shower door…and the shower door doesn’t extend past half the bathtub length…that’s just how it’s done here.)

We won’t discuss what’s drying over the radiators in various bedrooms.  That would be unmentionable.

The nice thing is – with this much laundry hanging around, on the radiators, you don’t need any cotton/linen fresh candle or spray.  I’ve got it happening naturally!

I would still kill for an extra-large capacity washer/dryer set.

oh, if only it was a sunny day....


20 Responses to “Laundry Day”

  1. Emily February 11, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    We lived in Exeter for 4 months back in 2006, family of 5. I had the same thing. For 4 months I didn’t mind it, actually kinda enjoyed it. So yeah, I understand. We are heading back to the UK in April for 3 months. This time only 3 of us though. Not even sure there *is* a washer/dryer in the tiny flat we’ll be in… 🙂

  2. chrissy gomez February 11, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    oh my! but I am jelaous of your view. 🙂

    • phoebz4 February 11, 2012 at 11:21 am #

      view’s pretty nice 😉 My back window is becoming the best rainbow-viewing spot.

  3. Anna February 11, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Winning! Phoebz, hope you get it all done in time. & have a lovely holiday. ❤

  4. rochelle rawlings February 11, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    You gotta do what ya gotta do. My laundry day is everyday and I would not survive yours. I do the laundry for 5 adult women who have developmental disabilities of various kinds and my 22 yr son and 30 yr old daughter who also have DD. An unknown syndrome of the sherlock variety. I have two questions for you as I am a new reader of your blog. Why did you move to Ireland? Whoops three questions. Are you Irish? What do services and residential care look like in Ireland and other countries? I often wonder this as I contemplate the declining funding in the U.S. for all services for my adults with “special needs”.

    • Nancy February 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

      I enjoy Herding Cats very much. I my older brother is 37 he was diagnosis as a baby with Intergalactic Disabilities, blindness, autism and many other mental and physical health problems. By know my brother Robert one learns to enjoy the little things in life. I enjoy reading your post about your beautiful daughter Maura and the other stories about your life. I am also wounder why your family moved to Ireland?

  5. Amber February 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    rofl. this reminds me of what my house looked like last spring when my dryer broke down. i feel your pain.

  6. Courtenay Bluebird February 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    You know… I had conveniently forgotten the washer/dryer situation in the U.K. and your post was a refreshing (and informative!) reminder that will help me keep my own laundry blues in perspective. Thank you for taking the time to write this and add photographs. Wow! Seriously.

    • Courtenay Bluebird February 14, 2012 at 11:33 am #

      Um, I had to stop back by to let you know that the day after I read this wonderful piece, my washer broke. And I thought of you, and all the work you did just to dry your family’s clothes last weekend. It’s fixed now, but laundry karma will getcha, you know?

  7. Janice February 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    So, I’ve wondered this for years–what’s up with the tiny little washing machines? I mean, people in Europe have to wash clothes, too, right? Or is it more of our American wastefulness? Lots of them have big families….I just don’t get it.

  8. Karin February 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    I’ve always wondered why Europe hasn’t transitioned to larger size appliances. I’m guessing your refrigerator is small as well? I’ve seen some that looks like college dorm refrigerators! How do you adjust????

  9. Andrea February 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    Well, on the plus side you have a lovely home! And it looks pretty spick n span apart from the laundry everywhere. Yippee!

  10. Candes February 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Laundry Day here too, and we ran out of propaine for the dryer. So we run it through anyway, to get most of the way dry, then hang it wherever. Thankfully, the sun is out, but we don’t have a laundry line. We have long cane rods stuck in the trees instead.

  11. babazoobee February 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    thank you so much for sharing your life with us…i look forward to your posts! we just got our own big machines for the first time less than a year ago, and i love them. and appreciate them all the more! just think though, the good you are doing by saving eletricity. we hang our clothes on two super long clothes lines in the yard in the summer time. not really worth it in february tho – shirtcicles are just not my thing…..;)

  12. malady February 12, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    I was giggling to myself reading your post tonight… I have a small washer, it takes 2 hours to wash my clothes, and a separate dryer that is only used in the most dire of emergencies. I used to have an 8.5kg monster washer, but my new little 5kg front loader uses less than a quarter of the water my old machine did, and is twice as energy efficient. Saves me a fortune!!
    I line dry or dry on racks in preference to using my dryer – I can’t imagine ALWAYS using a dryer… weird hey!

  13. Lyn Fattorini February 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    Looks like my house in the winter. Two young boys (one special needs, and still being toilet trained…) plus husband’s work clothes, and NO electric dryer. It’s non-essentials on the outside line, and the rest spread around the heated areas inside. There are very few people in NZ that have Maytags. I’ve used commercial ones in rest homes. It’s not a domestic use brand here. The average household has a machine roughly the same size as yours (although not in the kitchen!).

  14. audreygjohnson February 13, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    We get so spoiled here, don’t we? Glad you’ve got plenty of drying racks and a cozy house full of radiators!

  15. Mary Marianne Lynch Trana February 15, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    I feel your pain! While my cousins and I only visit Ireland, we had to deal with that horrible laundry situation as we rented a house, until we discovered a laundrymat of sorts in town. They do all your laundry for you. Wash to fold. Heaven. I’m not trying to rub it in. There were two to four of us and we were only there from one to three weeks each time, so we didn’t have the PILES of laundry I’m sure your brood creates. I wish I had a magical solution for you! ugh. xoxo

  16. tessa March 21, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    I liked reading your comments about you new digs. Things seem quite different where you are. Am I still on your mailing list?

    • phoebz4 March 21, 2012 at 6:36 am #

      I have no idea – I can never find that darn mailing list….

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