Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Laundry

It's a good thing doing laundry is my favorite chore, because I do plenty of it!

As you've probably already figured out, Niger is a very dusty country. Curtains need to be washed frequently. So, whenever somebody moves out of a house or an apartment and before the next residents move in, we need to wash curtains. Same with bed spreads. We often need to do slip covers on furniture, too. And flights out of Niger always leave late at night, so the people usually end up leaving dirty sheets on their bed and a towel and washcloth that need to be washed.As you can see by this pile of laundry, I wash a lot of curtains, sheets, and towels! Good thing it's my favorite chore!

The trouble is, for the past 16 years I've had my laundry done by hand. There was usually no problem keeping up with it. Until I took over this job! It didn't take me long to figure out I wasn't going to survive without a washing machine. So I bought one for the short-term furnishings coordinator to use. I figured that even if the next person has her own machine, she could use two: one for herself and one for the short-termers' laundry.This is a small Italian model. It's amazing how much laundry you can pack into this little machine. It is also very water efficient. When you look in the door at the laundry swishing around inside, you can hardly see any water. Yet it does a great job at getting the clothes clean. The only problem with it is that it takes a LONG time for a cycle to finish.

Meanwhile, while I'm doing curtains, sheets, and towels, our own laundry piles up! I think I've only seen the bottom of our own laundry basket once in the past month!All of this laundry has to be hung out on a line. I hang some of it out and my house helper hangs out a lot of it. I can't do laundry every day since I share the line with our neighbor. Normally laundry dries very quickly here, but since this is the rainy season, things just haven't been drying. We've had a LOT of rain (good thing) and the humidity is regularly between 60 and 80%. So, it often ends up draped over chairs and hanging from bookshelves in our living room. With the ceiling fans turned on, it actually dries faster than it does outside.It's a good thing doing laundry is my favorite chore!

2 comments:

Esther said...

Hi there Nancy! Of all the jobs to do in the house, cleaning the floors is probably the least inspirational in my view, thanks to the dust! I love doing the laundry but our machine has to be filled manually and so the whole process takes for ever. But I am so grateful for having a washing machine in the first place and not have to wash by hands!

Greetings!

Dusty Penguin said...

Grrr...drying clothes in rainy season is bad with a normal amount of laundry!!! You must feel like you never get done! Thanks for another interesting post.