Anyone who knows us well knows that J and I do not do (and have not done, for some time) our own laundry. This was a decision we came to individually long before we met each other, but I like to say that it's part of the reason I fell in love with J! The decision has lead to much confusion and disbelief among our friends and family, but has worked for us. Well, a little over a year ago, my brother and sister-in-law, not having a need for their old washer and dryer, gave them to us. I think they expected some wifely instinct would kick in after the wedding, and that I would feel inspired to do our laundry myself. The washer and dryer sat, untouched, in the middle of our laundry room for a year.
Until my sweet husband's big screen tv (see previous posts to get an idea of just how big) died and needed to be removed from the family room for rescucitation. After some discussion, we agreed that the easiest way out would be through the laundry room, which, unfortunately, was not as easy as we thought it should be. Our laundry room, it so happens, was a room for everything but laundry. Tools, shoes, still-packed boxes from my apartment, holiday decorations, paint cans from a pre-purchase remodel and more filled the every square inch of the room and there was no way we were getting the tv through. (Oh how I wish I took 'before' pictures!!)
On Labor Day weekend, we took on the mess in the laundry room, and are very proud of our accomplishments! Two trips to the dumpster, one trip to Goodwill, two trips to Lowe's, one throbbing toe (J's; I dropped a hammer on it), and only one arguement (on the first night, which almost railroaded the whole thing, except that the tv had to come out!) later, we had a clean, organized, much larger laundry room, with an actual working washer and dryer. And so, in an effort to use what resources we already have, J and I have begun to do some of our own laundry. Maybe that wifely instinct is going to kick in, after all!
Oh, and for those of you worried about the TV, it is still at the repair shop, but we are optimistic that we'll get it back next week. Well, I'm optimistic we'll get it back. J's been watching ads for flatscreen lcd's pretty closely...