Quarantining at home with a huge pile of dirty clothes made me realize that I really missed having an in-house laundry situation. My local laundromat closed at the beginning of the pandemic. At that time I was still Miss Quarantine, working out like a fiend and being productive (I’ve since hit a wall, but we can talk about that later). Anyway, the workout attire piled up — it was pretty stank (and honestly the sheets and towels were a bit rank too). Your girl needed to handle that laundry pile!!!! Looking back, I’ve never had laundry facilities in the building (let alone in the unit) of any apartment that I’ve rented in New York. Lugging my clothes to the laundromat or using a laundry service was always the norm. But not anymore!!!
Let’s start with the washer, it’s fully automatic!!! You can set it and let it chug away until the load is completely finished. Simply attach the intake hose to your faucet (I attach mine to my handheld shower head) hang the curved output hose over the tub or sink for drainage and you’re all set. *quick tip: you will need a lint catcher of some sort so that your pipes don’t get clogged. I tie an old pair of tights over the output hose to catch the lint and prevent blocking my drain.
Okay so the dryer is definitely the star of the show!!! It has to be the hack that I’m most proud of to date. I fought the idea at first, I even tried using a drying rack–the clothes took forever to dry and ate up all the space that I have to walk around my studio comfortably. I needed an electric dryer. Unfortunately both my floor and wall space were/are pretty much accounted for. I also knew that it would have to be close to a window, I didn’t want to take a chance on venting a dryer in my apartment, the idea of inhaling unnecessary dust did not seem smart. For five days I played with ways to put the dryer close to the window — Uuughh they all compromised the apartment’s aesthetic. I finally had a eureka moment and near the window became in the window!!!! Thankfully it’s air conditioner season, otherwise I doubt if I would’ve had that epiphany.
The enclosure is in black, ( it shortened the depth of the window sill quite a bit). It’s made from pressure treated wood with roof coating . *There is a 4 inch dryer exhaust hose and cover that vents out the lower left corner. The dryer is in green, (roughly 3 inches on either side allow ample air circulation to keep the unit room temperature during colder months). The air conditioner bracket is in purple, this particular bracket has a weight capacity of 200lbs. The entire enclosure is braced by a 2×4 between the window and the enclosure and screwed into the sill and window framing on either side.
FYI: The unit sits at the back of the building so it is not visible from the street.