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Yes, no problem. 27 45.00%
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Old 09-10-2017, 08:48 PM   #26
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Re: Laundry Room Etiquette

Would you people rather stretch out laundry **** for 7 hours or just have this person in and out in 2 hours? Maybe post white board with sign up times in the laundry room if you are that artistic about it.
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Old 09-10-2017, 09:05 PM   #27
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Anyone who has 6 loads of laundry should be given a pass as they have a lot on their plate. Also they probably have kids so time management would be pretty critical. As was mentioned earlier people who leave their laundry in the washer/dryer for hours are way more annoying.
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Old 09-10-2017, 09:24 PM   #28
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What's the limit on something sitting in either machine, washer or dryer, before you just pull it out and pile it somewhere to get yours done? Like, is the typical person just staring at a dryer full of someone's clothes for two hours before getting fed up?
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Old 09-10-2017, 09:25 PM   #29
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Anyone who has 6 loads of laundry should be given a pass as they have a lot on their plate. Also they probably have kids so time management would be pretty critical.
This is irrelevant.
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Old 09-10-2017, 09:30 PM   #30
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What's the limit on something sitting in either machine, washer or dryer, before you just pull it out and pile it somewhere to get yours done? Like, is the typical person just staring at a dryer full of someone's clothes for two hours before getting fed up?
I think it depends on whether they have left a basket. If there is a basket there I just empty the machine straight away and carry on. I've never just dumped someone's laundry on the floor or whatever, that's appalling. I'd rather just come back later.
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Old 09-10-2017, 09:37 PM   #31
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6 loads is obnoxious
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Old 09-10-2017, 09:37 PM   #32
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This is irrelevant.
It's just my personal opinion and I assume that is what he was after. I wouldn't get caught up in nitty bs like this, there are far better things to get aggrieved about. If she had not been vigilant ensuring the machines were emptied straight away I could see why he would be upset.
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Old 09-10-2017, 09:37 PM   #33
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Would you be happier with six different people using everything and another six waiting? You got unlucky on timing. Get over it.
not really the same imo
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Old 09-10-2017, 09:52 PM   #34
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This thread is full of people who have never lived in an apartment with multiple kids.
Who wants to live in an apartment with multiple kids and who wants to live in an apartment complex where others residents have multiple kids?

Tell the landlord to buy larger laundry machines and dryers..
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Old 09-10-2017, 09:59 PM   #35
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Who wants to live in an apartment with multiple kids and who wants to live in an apartment complex where others residents have multiple kids?

Tell the landlord to buy larger laundry machines and dryers..
What kind of fantasy world do you live in where people can just choose to not live in an apartment? LOL @ telling a landlord to buy more/bigger machines. Your lavished childhood is showing here.
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Old 09-10-2017, 10:17 PM   #36
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Sorry, I just don't know a single person who lives in an apartment and has more than one child.

Most of our friends said goodbye to apartment life when their first child was on the way and we did the same thing. The last apartment complex we lived in had a couple hundred units and a max occupation of 2 persons (incl. children) for 1BR units and 3 for 2BR. I guess if a place has 3+ BR apartments, two children should be fine, but I would assume all apartments that large have in unit washer/dryer?
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Old 09-10-2017, 11:02 PM   #37
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Holy crap. For a second I thought HawkFan was assuming too much and being excessively harsh. My bad.
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Old 09-10-2017, 11:15 PM   #38
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Sorry, I just don't know a single person who lives in an apartment and has more than one child.

Most of our friends said goodbye to apartment life when their first child was on the way and we did the same thing. The last apartment complex we lived in had a couple hundred units and a max occupation of 2 persons (incl. children) for 1BR units and 3 for 2BR. I guess if a place has 3+ BR apartments, two children should be fine, but I would assume all apartments that large have in unit washer/dryer?
Sounds like the people you know in apartments are recent grads, newlyweds in the new hipsterish apartments that actually enforce max occupancys. People that have no choice but to live in apartments can't afford those. The poor apartments I grew up in, and are found in every city in this country, have families with multiple kids in nearly every apartment. Most of these people will never have a chance to afford anything better.

Sorry if I came off as rude but it seemed like you just assumed everyone has the ability to move onto something better with relative ease I wish it where that simple more than anything but it's not likely to ever be that way


And back on OP topic, those apartments I'm reffering to where lucky to have 1 working pair of washer/dryer per 50+ units. Management doesn't care if they work. They'll tell you there's a laundromat a block down the street.
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Old 09-10-2017, 11:34 PM   #39
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Wait, now you're being nice? Dude was like, "Anybody with 2 kids obviously has a 3 bedroom apartment with washer and dryer". Anybody that out of touch deserves scorn.
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:21 AM   #40
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I just imagine some 70 y/o lady hauling two hampers full of her clothes in on a Sunday morning, only to find me there having just started a load in all 6 machines. When you're talking about apartment/barracks/dorm life being a little extra considerate is worth a small inconvenience.

In general though I'm very conscious to not put myself in a position to hold other people up, probably some minor neurosis I picked up being raised in a military household.
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Old 09-11-2017, 05:12 AM   #41
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without too much thought, one person using 6 machines seems selfish.
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Old 09-11-2017, 08:01 AM   #42
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What's the limit on something sitting in either machine, washer or dryer, before you just pull it out and pile it somewhere to get yours done? Like, is the typical person just staring at a dryer full of someone's clothes for two hours before getting fed up?
For some reason it's actually not that uncommon to have people leave their laundry in a machine for an extended time (even overnight). I normally give people 5 minutes and then throw their stuff on a folding table. That's if there are no open machines. It's posted on the wall to give them a 5-minute grace period.
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Old 09-11-2017, 09:29 AM   #43
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Re: Laundry Room Etiquette

5 minutes is absurdly tight. you just leave someones wet clothes out on a table? I would never do that mainly out of fear that they would **** up my stuff thats now in the washer they were using
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Old 09-11-2017, 09:44 AM   #44
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Sounds like it's only an annual occurrence, so I wouldn't worry about etiquette. You'll probably be out of there at the end of your lease anyway.
it sounds like 6 loaders are the type to be lazy and inattentive and even inconsiderate of others. ppl dont just let 6 loads of laundry accumulate.
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Old 09-11-2017, 09:49 AM   #45
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5 minutes is absurdly tight. you just leave someones wet clothes out on a table? I would never do that mainly out of fear that they would **** up my stuff thats now in the washer they were using
Like I said, that's only if every machine is being used--which is pretty rare. And it would depend on whose stuff it is. If it's someone I know to be punctual about it, then I'll probably cut them more time. If it's someone I don't know, then yeah I'm giving them the 5 minutes as posted on the wall. If the machines are all full, then you better be attentive, imo.

Having said that, I'm not sure I've ever had to do that. There are several times a year when all the machines are full. They were already done when I got there and it certainly seems like they've been done for a bit of time. I then wait 5 minutes and dump the clothes on the table. In that situation, almost always the clothes are still on the table 30 minutes later when I come to put my clothes in the dryer. I'm not really sure who just leaves their **** in a laundry room washing machine but w/e.
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Old 09-11-2017, 01:49 PM   #46
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If 5 minutes is a posted rule on the wall, seems fine.
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:08 PM   #47
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What's the limit on something sitting in either machine, washer or dryer, before you just pull it out and pile it somewhere to get yours done? Like, is the typical person just staring at a dryer full of someone's clothes for two hours before getting fed up?
10-15 mins.

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Sorry, I just don't know a single person who lives in an apartment and has more than one child.
lol, let me blow your mind. Some families live in places where everyone doesn't even get their own room!

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And it would depend on whose stuff it is. If it's someone I know to be punctual about it, then I'll probably cut them more time. If it's someone I don't know, then yeah I'm giving them the 5 minutes as posted on the wall.
What % of the time are you aware whose laundry is sitting in the finished machine?
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:12 PM   #48
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Sometimes ill have 5 loads. My laundry and my Girlfriends for 3 loads, towels, and sheets. My apartment is basically the same situation with regard to laundry and I run into this exact situation. When i have that many I try to get in early and break my loads in half.

I would do 3 loads first. Then when those go into the dryer I would put my next loads in the washers. Nothing is worse than getting all ready to go down to do laundry and all the machines are taken. I try not to force this situation on my neighbors.
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:33 PM   #49
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I have never had 6 loads to do at once. I also didn't care whose clothes were in a machine when they were all in use if I needed to do some unless they were sitting as mentioned before. I don't really think people with more laundry to do at once are obligated to double or triple their overall time doing the task to leave machines idle in case someone else comes in. That seems a bit much to me. The person who finds the machines in use can go about their day and pop in later. The person being required to do loads concurrently are now stuck.

I also am genuinely curious where the line falls for people who think this is rude. If there are 6 machines all in use but as you arrive two become available. You have two loads of laundry should you only use one in case another person comes so they have access? Is the issue that 6 is too much? Is it that one person is using every machine?

I mean I get the irritation but I think the main driver is you are disappointed that you can't use a machine when you want and who is using the machines and how is not really that relevant to me.

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Old 09-11-2017, 02:41 PM   #50
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Dale,

I voted to leave one or two open as a courtesy, but upon reading some of these answers and further thought, I'm changing my answer. In fact, I think a good case can be made that it's more considerate to use all six at once.

The most considerate thing to do is whatever minimizes the wait time of other people, right? If so, that would point to using machines as quickly as possible when they are not being used - opening up more capacity later at times when their might be more demand, vs leaving open machines now when there is no demand.
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