The answer for us was pretty short and simple. We didn't want a washer and dryer in our home. Instead we planned early on to go to a local laundromat and we built that into our weekly expenses.
|These are just the pale ales and IPAs|
I did not like it. I hadn't been to a laundromat since I was in college and I had forgotten what it was like.
But then we stumbled upon the BEST THING EVER. And yes, I'm shouting.
We learned about Bar of Soap, a laundromat/bar located in North Asheville. It is about a 20 minute drive from the tiny house and well worth the trip. We quickly learned that we had time for one beer while the washer was running, one beer while the dryer was running, and then we were ready to fold our laundry and go. We got to know the bartenders and we became Tuesday regulars. The bar features all canned beers and when fully stocked have about 80 to choose from.
Check out this local podcast featuring the owner of Bar of Soap.
Full disclosure - I now work for Bar of Soap one day a week. It was such a great place and I got to know everyone there that they offered me a job. It is as much fun to work there as it is to hang out.
One of the biggest differences a laundromat/bar made in our routine was that laundry became an "entrainment" expense rather than a utility. I know this sounds like picking nits but going out to the bar is a big part of our social experience so we were able to combine a necessary chore into an afternoon enjoying beers.
Laundromat/bars are starting to gain momentum across the country, and the world. If you don't necessarily enjoy laundry but you enjoy going out to the bar you may want to search your town for a similar business.