Tisket-Tasket, sorting the clothes in baskets…
I tried to teach my kids to do the laundry before they each left for college. Really. I did. Yet, somehow when they went away to school, they each managed to do laundry so rarely that, at last count, one of my daughters owned approximately 54 pairs of underwear so she could prolong doing laundry as long as possible. My son either paid other more ambitious students to do his laundry occasionally or waited until he came home and then brought so much there was little room for anything else in the car. And finally, child number 3, and I have spent many happy hours Facetiming from her laundry room on campus so I can walk her through the process a few more times (ie: cold water? hot water? delicate? dryer vs hang to dry?). Eventually, they get it or find a place where they can drop it off and pay by the pound.
There have been many laundry-associated stories throughout the years that range from having clothes stolen (do not leave them unattended for too long) to finding the perfect place to study (the whir of all the machines can be used to block out all other distractions). My favorite involves the time my daughter thought she lost her cell phone for quite a few hours and it wasn’t until she did laundry (with all her spare time since she had no phone) that she found it buried beneath a heap of clothes.
Sometimes, laziness or a jam-packed schedule kicks in and they just need someone to do their laundry for them or they have clothes that are dry clean only. Perhaps they need some alterations done. Our interns recommend these places:
Dress pressed / Ironed / Dry cleaning/Alterations:
Blue Ribbon Cleaners – 3 locations around Tally; the closest being 1660 Monroe St.. Watch for coupons found online.
Kim’s Alterations – 1905 N. Monroe Street
Seminole Alterations – 1964 W Tennessee St., 10am-6pm, but closed on Sundays. This is the most popular amongst students surveyed.
Carver Cleaners – 1215 N Monroe St., Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Saturday 7am-5:30 pm, closed Sundays. They don’t use starch but do press clothes well. If you want your clothes to be starched, they have a location across the street that’s a little more expensive but will use starch. Most garments are $2.99.
On-campus laundry services are provided in all residence halls and can be paid for using FSU Cash. Washer cycle: $1.50, dryer cycle: $0.45 (per 15 minutes). For those that like to multitask, my daughter also finds this a great place to study. Students can even check LaundryView to keep tabs on their laundry should they step out (but we don’t recommend disappearing for too long.)
Wash Around the Clock – 220 W. Tharpe St., ranges from $2 for a small load to $7 for an oversized load. .39 cents per 10 minutes to dry. Open 24 hours. Free Wi-Fi (which is great while you are sitting and waiting.) You can wash clothes there or place your order online or in person, and choose the detergent, fabric softener, and how they finish the clothes. They will even pick up and deliver clothes to your home.
Most student off-campus apartments have machines in each apartment or a laundry facility on premises.