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Re: I hate laundry rooms

Not all laundry rooms are a battleground but they are definitely only as good as the weakest link. I see the problem in my apartment now, we have a princess who throws hissy fits if anyone interferes with her elaborate laundry routine that usually involves putting some washing in in the morning and then forgetting to continue the process until the next day. So we've started just dumping her stuff in a clean bag in front of her room as there are five of us using the machine. Causes lots of stomping and name-calling but my take is that if you do your washing, you do it efficiently, i.e. don't leave the stuff in for hours, which causes the machine to stink after a while anyway.

In my new apartment, it'll be three of us sharing a washer and dryer, heaven...

As for the basic fittings, you'd be surprised what the stuff costs! I went up a single notch from the standard included in the purchase price (you could have gone up six notches) for my kitchen and instantly was 15 grand over the planned budget. It doesn't LOOK like a 40 grand kitchen but that's what it is; a friend of mine laughed at the price and was astonished at how cheap it was, his kitchen had cost twice that... Maybe the price will show when everything is still intact in ten years' time, fingers crossed. Same goes for bathrooms, anything a bit special and BAMM, you are charged several thousand francs more. Also remember that landlords usually don't care that much about what the apartments look like, they have to be easy in upkeep and in a colourway that most people can live with. And if you try and please everybody, you thrill no one.
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Old 27.04.2011, 22:01
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This thread does make me laugh... I mean can you really imagine down your local pub in England having this conversation ........a sure way of getting sectioned !

My take on this is :

Laundry rooms = PRIMITIVE
Whereas nursing a G&T and mulling over the minutiae of the X-Factor is the pinnacle of a well-rounded nation, no?
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Whereas nursing a G&T and mulling over the minutiae of the X-Factor is the pinnacle of a well-rounded nation, no?
Pretty much so ... only without the X-Factor mulling over
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Whereas nursing a G&T and mulling over the minutiae of the X-Factor is the pinnacle of a well-rounded nation, no?

We were talking about 'dirty washing' weren't we ? Where did X Factor and G & T come into it ?????????????????

Us Brits don't share washing machines... we have permits which allow us to own them ! These washing machine permits never expire and are part of our Great British Tradition.....
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Re: I hate laundry rooms

When we lived in Edinburgh there was a launderette that had a café-bar next to it - separated from the launderette by a system of French doors. The café was called the "Lost Sock Diner". They did nice bangers and mash. The Cask and Barrel pub was at the corner of the street.

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This thread does make me laugh... I mean can you really imagine down your local pub in England having this conversation ........a sure way of getting sectioned !
Meaning we might not be discussing communal laundry down the pub but the conversation is no less banal and trivial.


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Us Brits don't share washing machines... we have permits which allow us to own them ! These washing machine permits never expire and are part of our Great British Tradition.....
Actually, they do. My sister lived in a block of flats that wasn't fitted with individual washing machines and had to abide by a similar system as they have here.

Communal laundries might not be so common in the UK but there is still a large demand for laundrettes for those people living in properties which don't have washing machines. Student accommodation being one big fat example.
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This thread does make me laugh... I mean can you really imagine down your local pub in England having this conversation ........a sure way of getting sectioned !

My take on this is :

Laundry rooms = PRIMITIVE
How so?

Actually, very advanced.

Why should everyone spend the money to buy their own washers?

Reality is that I own my own washer/drier, but is was cheaper and quicker when I used the laundry room!

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Communal laundries might not be so common in the UK but there is still a large demand for laundrettes for those people living in properties which don't have washing machines. Student accommodation being one big fat example.
Yes, most commonly in the form of launderettes which, in my experience from my student days, were not subject to the petty rules and squabbling that occur all too often in Switzerland. In fact, people just got on with it with no problems whatsoever.
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Reality is that I own my own washer/drier, but is was cheaper and quicker when I used the laundry room!

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Really??!! You must be the lucky exception then
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Yes, most commonly in the form of launderettes which, in my experience from my student days, were not subject to the petty rules and squabbling that occur all too often in Switzerland. In fact, people just got on with it with no problems whatsoever.
Well the one I used in my student days was manned by some big Iranian guy that everyone called Fat Finger (?) who would knock any trouble on the head before it started.

Maybe we should get some laundry-bouncers here?
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I reserved the washing machine until 17:30 today, and as nobody had reserved afterwards, I put the machine on at 16:10, left my printed note "If you need the machine, please empty it and take out my key", and then went swimming.

I came back early at 17:15 and my washing was in my big plastic bowl, and another person was already washing. I looked around and couldn't find my key.

Oh well I thought, it is still my time so I started drying my sheets.

Very soon my beautiful young neighbour comes in with my key. I thought she was going to make a pass at me! She was behaving very sexily and very coy!

It turns out at first she thought it was her washing evening from 17:00 and had removed my washing with ill feeling. She took the key upstairs and rang my door bell. Then she remembered that Monday was a holiday, and the week had not advanced yet to Thursday, and in fact today was Wednesday. She was very nice and she hadn't really inconvenienced me at all, so it all ended happily.
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We were talking about 'dirty washing' weren't we ? Where did X Factor and G & T come into it ?????????????????

Us Brits don't share washing machines... we have permits which allow us to own them ! These washing machine permits never expire and are part of our Great British Tradition.....
I remember to have used, Oct-Dec72, a "washing-saloon" near Paddington Station, and those washing places as far as I believe, are still in business. I think, these washing places also are part of your "Great British Tradition"

Now, the Brits queue (presumably due to lack of organisation), while the Swiss save space by organising the sharing of washing machines !
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That could be the answer - although electing a suitable person could pose a whole new problem!
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Now, the Brits queue (presumably due to lack of organisation), while the Swiss save space by organising the sharing of washing machines !
No, the Brits queue out of courtesy, and it would appear that the Brits' experience of sharing washing machines here is not such a happy one.
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Really??!! You must be the lucky exception then
The electricity costs alone are more then I was spending using the laundry room, let alone the cost of buying/maintaining the machine (and I do my own maintenance, but my time has a certain value).

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The electricity costs alone are more then I was spending using the laundry room, let alone the cost of buying/maintaining the machine (and I do my own maintenance, but my time has a certain value).

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I am sure that your time has a certain value, as it does for all of us, but I think that you are leaving the hassle factor, (which is what we are talking about), out of your equation.
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Meaning we might not be discussing communal laundry down the pub but the conversation is no less banal and trivial.




Actually, they do. My sister lived in a block of flats that wasn't fitted with individual washing machines and had to abide by a similar system as they have here.

Communal laundries might not be so common in the UK but there is still a large demand for laundrettes for those people living in properties which don't have washing machines. Student accommodation being one big fat example.
Toys and pram come to mind........

I damn well wish my accommodation here in Zurich cost the same as student accommodation back in Blighty, so would the rest on this thread I expect putting up with primitive laundry facilities on these high rents we pay.... seems like we're being ripped off !

60m + population and how many students .... and how many of these big fat washing machines?
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I am sure that your time has a certain value, as it does for all of us, but I think that you are leaving the hassle factor, (which is what we are talking about), out of your equation.
No hassle, I was always able to do the laundry on my day.

And it cost less.

The hassle started when my kids wanted to do their own laundry.

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No, the Brits queue out of courtesy, and it would appear that the Brits' experience of sharing washing machines here is not such a happy one.
While I happily accept the "courtesy" argument, I cannot quite see why the sharing of a washing machine is not "such a happy one". Sure, dull people exist, but they also in other fields are part of the live of all of us, and so what. I however am well aware that a considerable percentage of Brits, even in urban areas, is used to live in their own houses, small places possibly but their own place nevertheless. And so are rather likely to find a place like here where most people live in rented apartments, a bit on the cramped and crowded side of life. But imagine the northern outer suburbs of Zurich being settled in the way of, let's say Hounslow-West, Chiswick, or West Drayton, they would stretch up to Rottweil and Sigmaringen !
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While I happily accept the "courtesy" argument, I cannot quite see why the sharing of a washing machine is not "such a happy one". Sure, dull people exist, but they also in other fields are part of the live of all of us, and so what. I however am well aware that a considerable percentage of Brits, even in urban areas, is used to live in their own houses, small places possibly but their own place nevertheless. And so are rather likely to find a place like here where most people live in rented apartments, a bit on the cramped and crowded side of life. But imagine the northern outer suburbs of Zurich being settled in the way of, let's say Hounslow-West, Chiswick, or West Drayton, they would stretch up to Rottweil and Sigmaringen !
Granted Wolli, however, what the majority of this thread has been about is the hassle and problems that people tend to experience whilst sharing their washing facilities here (and we are not only talking about the 'Brits'). In a nutshell, too many of us have been subjected to rudeness, intolerance and the much discussed 'passive aggression' that seems to be rife in the realms of shared laundry facilities, for some strange reason.
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