Re: Common laundry question
From: Lautner, Patricia (
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 05:17:21 -0800 (PST)
We are a community with 30 households, about 12-15 use the common laundry 
(others have laundry in their units).  We have 3 washers and 3 dryers.  In my 
experience, I hardly ever need to wait for a machine.  However with 18 homes, 
you may want 4 just to be sure.

To cut down on laundry grid lock, you might want to put in place a system 
similar to ours:  When people put their loads in the wash, they put up a sign 
that says, "Please dry on normal (light, heavy, etc.) setting." or "Please do 
not dry."  This way, when the next person comes along, they know what to do 
with the load in the wash.  Nobody minds tossing someone's load into the dryer 
for them.

(Once I tried to put up a sign on one of the dryers that said, "Please fold 
nicely and deliver to my unit." - haha.)  

Jamaica Plain Cohousing, Boston MA

-----Original Message-----
From: Jerry McIntire [mailto:jerry.mcintire [at]] 
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2012 10:47 PM
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: [C-L]_ Common laundry question

Does anyone have a formula as to the number of washers for communities that 
have only a common laundry facility? We are looking at 15 - 18 homes, average 
size two bedrooms, with an average of 2.7 people in each home (I made that up, 
I don't know what the average number of people per home will be.). Will three 
machines be enough, or ...?



Jerry McIntire
Stone's Throw Ecovillage
Viroqua, Wisconsin
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