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|From: audrey (audreygalisteo.com)|
|Date: Tue, 21 May 2019 11:24:36 -0700 (PDT)|
At Winslow Cohousing, there were 3 washers/3 dryers for the 30 households, and I think about half had their own washer/dryers at home, and half used the common laundry while I was there. I don’t think having shared laundry particularly created community, it was more trying to be doing laundry when nobody else was there, or dealing with problems that others created. They charged for wash and dry, self reported, used money to buy appropriate detergent, so it wouldn’t clog the machines, pay the community for electricity, , and to pay for repairs I believe. Equipment itself was paid for by community, as it was also used to do kitchen/guest room laundry and occasional use by those with their own machines. Hard to find front-loading machines that could stand up to the abuse the community created (as listed before in other emails). Also had outdoor clothes drying racks right by door of common house laundry. Keeping it clean and neat was a person’s job, even though all were supposed to pick up after self. I guess additional meetings to manage the laundry (laundry users group) could be seen as creating community, but everyone pretty much saw each other at all the other meetings anyway. At Capital Hill Urban Cohousing we have 1 shared washer/dryer set, about 4 families use it, plus the kitchen/guestroom, all have hookups in units, mostly chose not to purchase own equipment for cost. (and then the space the washer dryer takes at home can be used for storage). Also there, don’t think having shared facility creates community, other than the texting to ask whose laundry is in dryer, and scheduling usage next. It probably does reduce environmental factor of buying so many machines. —audrey Capital Hill Urban Cohousing - 3 years Winslow Cohousing- 19 years
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