Thursday, January 31, 2013

Laundry On The Road

If you've been following me for a bit then you know how much I enjoy doing laundry and that hanging the laundry on the line or drying rack outside is my favorite part of the whole process.

To me, laundry is also the one chore where you can actually do something else while the laundry is being washed or dried.

Let's face it, doing laundry in these modern times is SO much easier than back in the day where you literally had to DO the laundry... washing it by hand and then hanging each piece on the line to dry, ironing it and then folding it and putting it away.  Sheesh, can you imagine having to do all that?!

Yep, we have it easy today.  Sort it, throw it in the washing machine and walk away until it beeps, then you put it in the dryer and walk away until it beeps.  Meanwhile, you can be doing something else; another chore or perhaps something you enjoy doing.

When we purchased our 5th wheel it did not have a washer/dryer unit in it.  I felt that having one would be important if we were going to live in it full time while CountryBoy was traveling from job to job since not every RV or mobile home park has an onsite laundromat.

I found a space in our bathroom (some drawers that I could live without) that would possibly accommodate a washer/dryer unit and asked if one could be installed.

We were told yes, so the work began.  Drawers taken out, water lines and dryer vent installed and then the unit put in place.  (We kept the drawers and CountryBoy made a cabinet and put the drawers in the corner of our closet so we didn't lose any drawer space after all!)

Doing laundry on the road is a bit different than doing it back home but I'm thrilled with being able to do it from the comforts of my own 'home on the road' even though it takes twice as long to do one load of laundry.

Yep, twice as long.  Literally.

Up to three hours or more to wash and dry one load depending on how dirty or how heavy the load is.

And, it's small.  A 15 pound load capacity so sometimes I have to do two loads of darks rather than just the one load I could do at the laundromat.

But, that's OK.  Because I enjoy laundry.  And I can get a lot done in those three hours that it takes to finish one load!

Unfortunately, we can't have a clothesline here and it's been too windy to use my small drying rack so I have to use the dryer.  Maybe some day I'll be able to use the rack.

Since I've been running errands every day this week I plan on enjoying my time at home, while doing the laundry, and spending it crocheting, polishing drawers, reading and maybe I'll even install our new toilet.  (Post and pics to follow if I do!)

Till next time,


TexWisGirl said...

having it as part of your dwelling makes the twice-as-long-part bearable. good for you!

Ronda Walker said...

You're going to install the toilet??? I'm impressed.

Gail Dixon said...

Glad you all found a solution to have a washer and dryer in the 5th wheel. I often think if how hard my grandmother had it and her mother before her before our modern appliances were invented (or affordable). Now you've got my curiosity piqued on the toilet.

Anonymous said...

I have to say, that is a very 'cute' washer! :) Glad you are able to do your laundry in the comfort of your own place while traveling.

Installing a toilet = superwoman!

Custom Comforts said...

I'm really impressed you're going to install a toilet by yourself. I always tell myself with good instructions I could do that, but I always chicken out and hire someone to do it instead.
I think I'll put out a clothes line this summer. It's been 25 years since I've hung my clothes out, but I still have all my clothes pins. I guess that makes them vintage clothes pins.

Lynn said...

Glad you could make it fit! Hope the winds die down soon:@)

Country Gal said...

That's great you got a washer i there ! Yes I don't mind doing the laundry at all like you said this day and age it is easy , put it in set it and wait for the beep in the mean time we can do other things ! I like hanging my laundry on the line in the summer but use the dryer in the winter or my laundry would be frozen on the outside line lol ! Have a good day !

Andrea said...

Oh my, i envy your lifestyle. It is a very exciting life if i am in your shoes. That is not just done here in our archipelago, but am sure it can be done too if there's the will and the funds!

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