HOMEGIRL: The Spin Cycle

The expenses from moving into a new place seem never ending- or maybe I just can’t stop until its all done. My patience is minimal when it comes to my place being fully loaded as soon as possible. The one thing I have been trying to avoid buying is a washer and dryer.

Yes folks, I can have a washer and dryer in my apartment and it has it’s own designated room no less (and not in the kitchen like some places up North). I have not had this luxury since college when my roommate’s parents bought a set as our move-in gift.

I’ve dreamed of this day. Especially after years of lugging my laundry bag up and down a third floor walk-up, and spending my days in the laundry mat, I could not wait until I could walk a few feet to wash my clothes. That’s until I discovered drop-off service. I was super late to this party-I mean, who knows how to fold sheets the way the folks who work in the laundry mat?

So here I am, living in this beautiful apartment complex in Atlanta- pool, exercise room, garage, controlled access, but where do I wash my clothes? There is no laundry room on the premises. So I decided that I will just indulge in drop-off service until I get over the fact that I will be paying a little nut for a washer/dryer. I had the hardest time finding a laundry mat. I think because in the south, most people live in complexes that have laundry facilities or have them in their apartment.

So for the last month I have been window-shopping for washer/dryer combos. There are so many brands and styles, its extremely overwhelming. I am a Libra and we are indecisive people, but what I did know was that I did not want to spend a lot of money. Prices for a set range from $400 to $5,000. This is a wide range, but I knew I wanted to get the best product for the cheapest price. I went to Home Depot, Lowe’s, Best Buy, hh gregg, and Brandsmart USA. I learned a lot.

Like, did you know that Whirlpool made Estate, Amana, Maytag, and Kitchen Aid among other brands? Did you know that the cubic feet of your dryer dictates what size comforter will be able to fit in it? I thought they were all the same. Did you know that those bold colored, front load washer/dryer sets you see advertised everywhere take special detergent? And this “energy efficient” detergent happens to be more expensive than regular detergent? Did you know GE, who makes great refrigerators and stoves, actually sucks at the whole washer/dryer thing? No wonder I felt like my clothes weren’t clean when I used my girlfriend’s GE set the other weekend!

I bought a Whirlpool pair from Lowe’s yesterday. They were having a Labor Day sale-10% off all Appliances over $397 and a full rebate on home delivery. I wasn’t happy about parting with that much money for something I could not wear, but its to take care of the things I do wear. My set comes tomorrow, just in time-I’m running out of underwear. ☺

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