Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Laundry Rudeness

I live in a 22 unit condo building run by an HOA (home owners association).

We are all rather neighborly and kind to one another, but we have a few folks who treat the laundry room as if it is not a shared space.
I won't get into the drippy messes and loads of dog hair some people leave behind. What really bothers the rest of us is the laundry they leave sit for days, weeks, even months.

??? I don't understand.

See, we purchased brand new machines about two years ago, and painted and tiled the laundry room which also serves as the back entrance of the building.
We even bought and installed lockers for everyone to store their detergent and laundry money without hauling it up and down the stairs.

Nice huh?

We figured the cheerful paint job and aesthetically pleasing decor would encourage people to take pride in the space - as well as make it an attractive entry area.

But someone keeps piling up their crap - which gets in the way of our cleaning service for one thing! And is really annoying to the rest of us for another.

No pics of the mess available to share with you.

Am I wrong? Isn't this rude?

I mean, I can understand if you started a load of towels and forgot about them overnight. But how do you forget your sheets for a month? A cute outfit for three weeks? Bizarre.

I'm on the board so I'm asserting my power.

We have posted warning signs like this:

sorry, the text got cut off in the conversion process.

And I just pinned this on two different piles today.

Be honest, would this bother you? Am I out of line? Or is the laundry dumper?


  1. I wouldn't say you are out of line at all. i'm guessing the person always had their "momma" do the laundry for them and haven't quite grown up enough to pick up after themselves. maybe they'll eventually catch on after you guys have to do some parenting for them...

  2. We've put this same young woman's laundry into storage for months already. That batch included her lovely Pottery Barn Sheets!!!

    Me thinks her parents gave her too much of many things!

    When I told her there was a bunch of stuff in the storage closet she said, "Really? It's probably mine." I described the sheets and towels and she said, "Oh I was wondering where they were?"

    So... you missed all the signs saying we put them into storage with threats of dumping it all off at Goodwill? Not real bright are you?

    When I was a teenager, my mom was fed up with my messy room and took to confiscating any clothes left on my floor. I guess this is my reward for not having kids!!

  3. Totally rude. I'd be tempted to throw the abandoned stuff away after a time! I think you're being very gracious and generous about it.

    BTW...I responded to your Green Bag question this morning. It's in the comments section of my original post (thought it would be a good place in case someone else is wondering the same thing).

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment :)