If you live in an apartment complex you know the pressures that can sometimes come with this arrangement. After all, you are located a wall a way from another person 24 hours a day. You have to share various common areas on a regular basis. There is bound to be some type of static when you live so close to and constantly interact with other people.
Here is a quick guide for how to conduct yourself in the laundry room of your apartment complex
1) Gather Your Own Quarters Over the Week. Don’t come to the laundry room thinking that you will be able to bum quarters off of somebody. On the contrary, the people who are probably in there washing have probably been working their butts off all week to collect enough quarters to do their laundry. So you have to do the same. Over the course of the week, use every opportunity to get as many quarters as possible as change with this end of week goal in mind: to get your dirty boxers clean.
2) Time Your Clothes. When you come into the laundry room to wash your clothes and see an empty washer you will probably pump your fist in excitement. After you finish loading and starting the washer up, glance at your watch and time it. If possible set a reminder. Make sure that you are back in the laundry room within 5-10 minutes of your wash ending or you risk the possibility of someone handling your underwear.
3) Allow Others a Grace Period. If you come to the apartment laundry room and see that someone else’s wash cycle is about to end, or that it already has ended, you have to allow them a grace period to retrieve their clothing. This is a very important unspoken rule of the apartment building laundry room. Allow your neighbors at least 15 minutes after the wash or dry cycle to end before taking it upon yourself to remove their clothes from the machine. (And if you must, please wash your hands first!)
4) Clean Out Your Link Trap. Many people don’t realize that when they finish drying their clothes they leave a thick layer of lint from their clothes in the lint trap. Nobody wants to have to touch the lint from your clothing, so please, clean it out yourself after you finish taking your clothes out of the dryer.
5) If Someone Breaks The Rules, Don’t Get Violent. If you happen to walk in on someone who has disrespected the unspoken rules of the apartment building laundry room, don’t let it get the best of you. If they handled your clothes, tell them in a calm voice how you don’t appreciate the fact that they didn’t allow you at least 15 minutes before removing your private items, and move on. Trust me, they will feel like red-faced idiots for getting caught and will probably think twice the next time. Avoid getting into a long drawn out violent argument in the laundry room. It’s a secluded, quiet place; you do not want to have something go down in there.