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Monday equals laundry

Heaps and heaps of it.

To be exact a weeks worth of laundry with three accident prone (I admit it is from my genes) kids.

I am looking at eight loads of fun.

In Switzerland, apartment dwellers must abide by a laundry schedule. Each tenent in my building has half a day one day a week to get all their laundry done.

At precisely 6:30 a.m. I made my way down to the laundry room on the ground floor of our apartment. I switched the afternoon (my usual time) with the neighbor above us. His wife is on vacation with their four children. He works during the day. So, I offered to switch with him since I am such a nice person.

“Why am I so nice?”, I asked myself at 6:00 a.m. as I painfully kicked back the blanket and crawled out of the bed on my way to the coffee machine.

An hour later, I am sitting here typing away listening to Mr. Pie softly snore (even if he says he doesn’t) with two little girls laying beside him. He doesn’t allow the children in our bed.

Funny how each morning I wake up forced to untie myself from little arms and legs. I don’t mind. They will grow up before I know it. I have all these mornings to cheerish each time I nuzzled their sleepy faces and cuddled them closer to me. Besides, I can remember sneaking into the warm comfort of my parents bed each morning when I was a child.

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  • Pumpkin July 23, 2007, 12:36 pm

    Thanks, Indie Mama!

    We don’t need to sign up. We are assigned (by the owner) our days and times. It never changes. We can ask to use another persons time if they don’t have much laundry (are single and live alone), but I am too shy. If I start working in a few months as we are planning it is going to be a nightmare! When that happens I’ll have to talk to the owner about letting me do some loads on Sunday.

    You are so lucky that you can do your laundry whenever you want! I am jealous and happy for you all at once! :)

  • Indie Mama July 23, 2007, 8:23 pm

    Assigned laundry times, huh! Kinda like assigned seating in grade school! = )

    Signing up for laundry isn’t the greatest system either. When we arrived in Switzerland it was the middle of the month, and the monthly sign up sheet was already filled up, so we had to go beg a few slots just to get a few loads done. Then, near the end of the month everyone checked obsessively to see if the new sign up sheet had been posted, and spots filled up *fast* as soon as it went up! My husband joked that in the States, people would be buying and selling time slots!

  • Cathy Y. July 23, 2007, 9:10 pm

    That would just drive me nuts as laundry is the main thing I am really picky about! Pumpkin, how do you get all eight loads done in only a half a day, with the machines taking at least an hour and a half to two hours to do one load? Eight loads sounds like an all-day affair to me!

  • Pumpkin July 23, 2007, 9:28 pm

    I forgot to mention an important fact: We have two washing machines available for our use.

    The machines take any where from 40 minutes to around 2 hours. I try not to use the two hour wash unless I am washing towels or clothes that have stains (usually 3 loads per week). I don’t know if Swiss washing machines finish sooner or if the machines are industrial machines.

  • Pumpkin July 24, 2007, 8:38 pm

    Indie Mama,

    I don’t think I would like dealing with all that stress of signing up. I kinda like it how it is in the States. Everyone does laundry as needed. I really didn’t have a problem getting laundry done.

    However, I understand the Swiss like everything nice and neat. So, I will live with it. :)

  • Pumpkin's Mom August 19, 2007, 11:40 pm

    I LOVE MY WASHER AND DRYER , I DONT THINK I’D LIKE WAiTTING TO DO LAUNDREY, I WORK SO I WONT TO DO LAUNDREY WHEN I NEED TO .MAY-BE THEY SHOULD PUT WASHER AND DRYER HOOK-UPS IN ALL APTS MOST HAVE HOOK-UPS IN THE USA love MOM

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