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Neighbor thinks laundry room is her own personal property!

There are only six apartments in my building. Our "gerance" lets us have individual machines in our apartment if we so choose. All of the apartments but this chick and myself have their own machines. There is no list and it is a first come, first serve.

The problem? We are now Thursday. Since Monday at 7am my neighbor has done however many machines can be done between 7a and 7p with the exception of yesterday from 13:25 to 16:15 when I snuck in my laundry 5 minutes before the end of Ruhestunde, because I had been waiting for the damn machine since Monday morning. I guess she got used to hogging it when the dude who lived in my place moved out like three months before his lease was up. And yes she has two kids, but four days of laundry is something like 40 loads in four days, right? Do kids really make that much laundry? Seriously? Where do they put all this stuff? Will my "charges" pay for her 50-60 loads a week?

Since I am unemployed, I can't afford my own machine right now, and I also don't think I should waste bathroom space and money when the communal machine would work just fine for even twenty people if she wouldn't use it as her personal family machine. I honestly wouldn't be so mad if I was sharing with the rest of the building, but having to work around one person's 24/7 schedule on what is supposed to be a shared resource irks me. And I can never hang laundry downstairs because of all of hers.

I'm wondering if I should: a) ask the gerance if we can go back to a list system; b) have a discussion with her/leave a note about how I can fit in my laundry around her schedule (which pisses me off because it is the "common" machine); c) continue passive aggressive sabotag-y machine stealing like I did yesterday because I had no underwear left? WWEFD?

Rant over. I feel better now. I know I probably just need to talk to her and "ask for" the one afternoon a week I need from the Her Laundry Highness but I need to calm down first. I do think I need to go to our agency to clarify how the water and electricity gets divided up.
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Old 17.11.2011, 16:15
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Re: Neighbor thinks laundry room is her own personal property!

I hear your frustration Nicole, and sympathise, and I would certainly take advice as to how the utility bills are split. In the meantime, I would forget the passive aggressive stuff - I dont think it makes you feel any better. I think your best course of action would be to speak to her directly and maybe sort out your own rota with her, since it only the two of you who use the machines.
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Re: Neighbor thinks laundry room is her own personal property!

Hi there,

I have experienced somewhat of said problem.

We too have 6 residents in house, one has their own machine, she is the building head tenant if you like, we report to her to get our wash cards charged with credit.

Each of us has a day allocated, my day happens to be Friday. Doesnt allow me much time to get my washing done as I work.

I was told not to use machines on Sunday, and not to hang clothes on an airer on balcony to dry as "we don't do that here".

After struggling to get my washing done at all, like in your situation, I threw caution to the wind and started using Sundays, and any evenings I saw the room free to get my stuff done. Fortunately, the only issue I have had in this regard ( i have had many others with my neighbours) was being left a note to remove my clothes from drying room as was not said day, was Sunday, they were still wet so i refused, seeing as balcony is not appropriate. There are 6 lines, I occupied two. I simply left a note back, "leave me alone". Theres history as to why this approach was adopted.

I wouldnt necessarily advise this approach in your situation as seemingly there has been no issues prior.

Perhaps knock on her door, and be as nice as you possibly can. I tried this first, but it didnt work. Sympathise with her, you know, point out you understand the kids means she has more washing to do than you, shes probably stressed, but dont tell her you know shes stressed, that will put her on the defence. I am not a woman, but I would imagine from a womans point of you, if you were to point out you simply had no underwear and desperately needed a wash and it had been in use all that time, you seized upon the opportunity when it was free. She will probably relate to having no underwear and be a bit embarrassed.
Then ask her how she feels about the arrangement? say, you don't mind it how it is, if you can atleat get what you need done, but at the moment you cant seemingly, so what does she propose.
If shes difficult after that good gesture and willingness to compromise, be a bitch back, simples!
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Re: Neighbor thinks laundry room is her own personal property!

Word of advice:

DON'T LEAVE A PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE NOTE ON THE WASHING MACHINE!


It's considered, and rightly so, rude. Knock on the woman's door. Being unemployed should allow you to find a time to be able to talk to her during the day. Talk politely to her, and get to a solution. She might not be aware there are other people doing the laundry too.

Organize yourself with her and make a 2 people washing schedule.

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She might not be aware there are other people doing the laundry too.

Organize yourself with her and make a 2 people washing schedule.
I agree with you, but she does know that I do need this machine. She just apparently "needs it more." I do plan on talking to her once I calm down. But I will talk to the agency, if only to clarify how our charges get split for water.
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Re: Neighbor thinks laundry room is her own personal property!

draw up your own rotor with half the time allocated to you and put it up in the laundry room
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Re: Neighbor thinks laundry room is her own personal property!

Leave a pushchair in the washing room.
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Re: Neighbor thinks laundry room is her own personal property!

Have you ever thought of owning a 5.6mm Sturmgewehr 90 automatic rifle? You can keep them in the laundry room for safe keeping as well....
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may be she is doing other's laundary in your time
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Funny site.

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Didn't we just have 13+ pages of that yesterday? And you want more?
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may be she is doing other's laundary in your time
I wonder if she is running a laundry service out of the basement. Like the OP said, nobody could be doing that much laundry. Either that or she's the most OCD clothes-sorter in Switzerland.
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Re: Neighbor thinks laundry room is her own personal property!

It would be simly awful if someone were to accidentally drop something into the washer.


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I wonder if she is running a laundry service out of the basement. Like the OP said, nobody could be doing that much laundry. Either that or she's the most OCD clothes-sorter in Switzerland.
Don't you believe it. Our machine seems to be on perpetually.
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Don't you believe it. Our machine seems to be on perpetually.
If you'd just stay indoors in front of the TV rather than running around in the forests and mountains you wouldn't have to wash so often.....
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Re: Neighbor thinks laundry room is her own personal property!

I'd be curious if this wash activity is normal for the neighbor or if it seems to be sort of a "one off" thing. Maybe they just came back from vacation, or maybe the laundry-do'er in the family was ill last week so they are having to make up for not being able to do laundry last week or so and trying to catch up.

Talk to your neighbor and find out what's up.

(Even for just hubby and I, I have backed-up loads from being sick a month ago which has left me struggling more than usual with the stairs... two loads up and down 5 flights of stairs is all I can handle atm, pretty hard when there are typically 4 or 5 loads to do. NOW the dryer is broken AGAIN - I'm soooo not looking forward to what looks like two full days of laundry doing when I and the dryer are both working well at the same time again.)

Sometimes knowing what's going on for the other person - both you knowing what's up for her family and her knowing your needs - is all it takes to smooth things out.
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Re: Neighbor thinks laundry room is her own personal property!

Does she does this every week?

I think you need to talk to her and work it out between you. You just need to tell her you also do your laundry downstairs and you can only do it x & x day between x & x time and what day/time does she think she would like the machines? And the the other days could be a free for all. Hopefully not literally. lol.

Only when that doesn't work do you need to get the gerance involved.
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maybe she is running a clothes washing business

If you are unemployed maybe you could join in & earn some black money?
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If you are unemployed maybe you could join in & earn some black money?
Use bleach, it won't be black anymore.
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Re: Neighbor thinks laundry room is her own personal property!

I second the one-off possibility. I have two kids and do about 8 loads a week, which is a lot (but we have a sign-up system and three rooms, and I stay up late to get it all done in one night on two washers).

But, one of my kids is a puker, which means on occasion she'll go through, oh, three sets of bedsheets and pyjamas in a single night Since we don't stock 21 sets of sheets or 21 pairs of pjs for the little dear, I end up begging for laundry loads when she's ill. Normally not a problem, but I also offer to do it in the middle of the night, or god-awful early in the morning.

So, maybe she's having one of these weeks. Or visitors, or just back from vacation. I'd at least give her a chance to explain. Otherwise, yeah, pretty ridiculous!

Oh, and there's major passive-aggressive laundry drama going on in my building as well, between another mom (who stays at home) and a working girl. It's getting ugly, so don't go there!
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Re: Neighbor thinks laundry room is her own personal property!

Hi NicoleCZ,

Your neighbor may not be doing as many rounds as you think!! I have noticed that people just leave their laundry in the machine and are out for the entire day and pull out the clothes when they have the time.

We have the same problem in our building whereby people book all 3 machines for the entire day and then let the laundry sit in them from morning till night

Our building manager says we should just pull out the clothes when they are done and run our loads....once the cycle is done.

Good luck!! I can imagine how frustrating this must be for you.
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