Friday, February 18, 2011

Laundry: Frustrations, Solutions, and Grandparents

The funny thing about living aboard is, you still have to do your own laundry. I lived in an apartment for a long time before I was lucky enough to live on a boat. Back when I lived in an apartment and even before that when I lived with my parents as a kid I always complained about laundry. Part of it was laziness, part complainer-pants, part just plan lack of motivation. Whatever the reason was, I never did laundry in any sort of routine way. I would regularly let it go for 5 or 6 weeks at a time.

Now, I don't know where I got this idea but somewhere along the way I figured that I would be a totally different person once I lived aboard. It didn't happen. I'm still lazy, I still love complaining, and I still have no motivation. The difference is though, now, I have to stuff 6 weeks of laundry into duffle bags, throw it in the dinghy, motor it to shore, carry it up the dock, then walk 2 blocks with it on my back to the Laundromat. Don't get me wrong, I make M carry it as often as I can, but he isn't always around to carry me.

Anyway, the reason for this story is to build a foundation to present the greatest invention to land in my possession this year. See, last Christmas I made a Christmas wish list as many people do. One of the items on the wish list was a folding cart. Lucky me that somehow my wish list ended up in M's grandparents hands and I was given a folding cart. Ta-da! Anyway, however it happened I am now the proud owner of a West Marine folding boat cart. I know it's not that impressive but it is totally worth getting one. It now allows me to further encourage my laziness and makes that walk to the laundromat just a wee bit easier.


After: At the dinghy dock sporting a record breaking 8 weeks of laundry

Next weeks goal: Do laundry.

PS. I hope most of you will pick up on the hints of sarcasm and irony in this post. For the rest of you, I'm really not as bad as I make myself out to be...


  1. Yuk! Six week old dirty laundry duffel bags with nice clean cloths back inside them to transport them back to the boat. Will your next Christmas list include clean laundry transport duffels or an on-board washer/drier?

    Better yet- in an effort to suck you into being even more lazy, take off to the tropics and you'll only need to do laundry once a year!

  2. I wash the duffel bags with the dirty laundry so they are clean when the clothes go back in them....

    I think you miss the point of the story old man.

  3. Yes, I am old, older than dirt you may say, so I know a thing or two about it. So when your cloths get dirty, just clean them by beating them between two rocks. The holes they create will allow the dirt to pass right through. Problem solved! Life is so simple if you just let it reveal itself to you. As you found out, every problem has an answer. Have fun; I can't wait to hear about your next adventure.

  4. Doing laundry living in an apartment without a washer and dryer sucks...but having to dinghy laundry over to the docks and carry it up the docks during high tide makes you appreciate an available washer and dryer. I think that is what I miss least about the boat life.