|Re: Washers & Dryers||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: KAREN A CARLSON (kcarlson2wisc.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 21 May 2019 16:45:42 -0700 (PDT)|
What's "plus the kitchen"? Sent from my iPhone > On May 21, 2019, at 12:54 PM, Janet Murphy <janetmusicrn [at] gmail.com> > wrote: > > Gee, we like to talk about laundry devices! > At Arboretum Cohousing we have two laundry rooms, each with two washers and > two dryers. They are regular household appliances. Two are slightly > oversized which is well-liked. We have just started replacing them after 10 > years. > The W&Ds are used by roughly half of our 29 "apartment-style" units, and a > small handful of our other 11 units that sit independently of the two > "apartment" buildings, so perhaps 20 families (that's one W&D set per five > households, plus the kitchen). We have a laminated card system (dryer, no > dryer) that helps us move our neighbors' laundry along so we don't have to > wait for the laundry's owner to do it. Only occasionally am I unable to put > my laundry right in. > Proximity to laundry does encourage folks to use it, so one set on each > floor would be nice. On the other hand, it is also nice to have two of each > machine in one room so you can do two loads in half the time. This is a > wonderful benefit I didn't anticipate, and especially nice for families. > Larger laundry rooms are also nice for storage (soap, iron, lost socks, > broom, drying rack...). We did install a closet and folding counters, but > wish we had also installed utility sinks. > People are pretty good stewards of the rooms and machines. The only issues > I recall were a neighbor who used cloth diapers (frequent, *very* long > loads), and an avid outdoors woman who put in laundry that was too dirty. > Talking with neighbors takes care of problems like these. > We don't charge for laundry or any of our collective amenities (guest > rooms, garden space, room use, bike share, grazing garden...). We figure it > all evens out, and charging reduces the use of the Commons, which we want > to encourage for both social and environmental reasons. > Murph > @ Arbco > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://L.cohousing.org/info > > >
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