We broke laundry room etiquette this weekend. We had signed up for Saturday and as friends were coming over for dinner that night, we inadvertently left the last load in the dryer. And then did not remember it until Monday morning. When I went down to get the load this morning, the sheets were in a wrinkled ball and sitting on top of the linen press as if in apology for being left in such a state.
In other less casual buildings, our mistake could have meant war. People get angry about their territory being encroached on in the communal apartment laundry. I know friends who have gotten nasty letters if they have gone even five minutes over their time slot. (All tenants have the right to use a laundry room, but must sign up for it – typically on a calendar. The procedure means that you have to plan to do your laundry.)
There is a tenant in my building who I will call “Sven” who always signs up for Sunday afternoons. But this past Sunday, someone else was signed up. I am thinking Sven was not happy because as I walked by the calendar this morning, I noticed Sven had signed up for every Sunday in May. Ha! Passive/aggressive behavior at its finest! You see, you just don’t mess around with someone’s laundry time.