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When I was moving in here, getting things put away and settled, I noticed a laundry chute in the bathroom.  I thought it was cool and got excited to use it.  Until I started thinking, however, about not actually being able to see down in the hole, and about not knowing with certainty what had and had not been tossed down there (severed limbs), and also about how it seemed like a place that spiders might like a lot.  And it skeeved me out so bad that I never thought about it again.

Since that time I've aged another 5 years - big ones, years that make a difference physically - and hauling heavy, awkward baskets of laundry down two flights of stairs while maneuvering two narrow landings is starting to kill me and my arthritic knees.

While I was cleaning the bathroom last week I noticed the little door again.  The laundry basket was right there, under the counter and overflowing, so I grabbed whatever was on top and chucked it in the hole.  (That's what she said.)

I'm happy to report there weren't any spiders and that the laundry eventually flies out of this little chute in the ceiling of the basement and onto the floor, conveniently less than 20 feet from the washer.

Taking my laundry revolution one step further last week, I set up a card table by the dryer in the hope that I will actually fold my clothes in 2009.  There's no sense in dreaming unless it's big.  (She also said that.)

29 comments:

~E said...

I want to be able to chuck things down a hole too! No fair!

Dr Zibbs said...

My grandmother had one of those. They're great for yelling into and getting a great echo. (That's what she said).

K and/or K said...

My dad always said "You-hottie" was the ghost that took the clothes away. I'm carrying that on in our house.
Yay for your (obvious!) discovery! :-)

katrocket said...

Well, look at you and your fancy laundry hole. Some of us have to slum it at a laundromat, honey. Great place to meet boys, though.

Amanda said...

I love it and have considered cutting a hole in one of our upstairs bathrooms for just this purpose, but I have kids, and what they would do with the hole scares me more than spiders!

I'm excited for you though!

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

Wow, I'm jealous. Nothing is worse than having to go down to my building's basement on a Sunday afternoon with two feet of snow on the steps.

By the way, I've been away...I like the new look!

Emily said...

We had one in my house growing up. sometimes the clothes would get stuck on the edges in the shoot, and my mom would have to get a broom and try to jab them loose. And, my cat would sometimes jump into the thing on the 2nd floor and fall all the way down into the basement. He never seemed to get hurt though!

Del-V said...

Where can I get a magic card table that folds clothes?

Candy's daily Dandy said...

That is a great feature of your house! I bet you will use it all the time and wonder why you didn't for so long!

LegalMist said...

Awesome! My house is one level, so no laundry chute for me. I have to schlep the clothes all through the house to the back room to my washer / dryer.

Sassy Britches said...

I love little secret passageway- type things like that! How cool is your house?!

My parents had a "laundry chute." We had spiral stairs in the house, so we just chucked everything over the railing on the first floor, and it ended in a "pile" in basement. My parents are saints.

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

Now that you're using the laundry chute, I would remind you that it is now NOT a proper vomit receptacle, should the party get too intense (again).

Alice said...

We had one at our old house when I was younger... I would use it to talk to my bro and sis since we were banished to the basement. Sometimes I would call to them and drop heavy things on them when they looked up.... lol lol good times... good times.

Giggle Pixie said...

I had one of these in the house I had with the ex, and I got sooooo spoiled. I think every home that has a laundry in the basement should automatically get a laundry chute as well.

Take note all you architects out there!!!! :-)

Cameron said...

You lucky bastard, you have a laundry chute?!!?! Do you think you could fit in it?

Mermanda said...

I once saw this on one of those shows where people go around with relators to find their dream home:

Woman finds two homes that she likes very much. How does she choose? She picks the one with the laundry chute b/c it is "so cool!"

Fancy Schmancy said...

Set up a tv and a wine cellar down there, and you'll never have to leave!

Bacon Lady said...

Color me jealous!

We have one, but the logistics of it are so wonky I couldn't even put into words how badly the former owners fucked it up.

Someday, when you come to my house, I will amaze you with its complete uselessness.

I do have a 6' "foldin' table" piled high with clean laundry, separated by function and household member. It never seems to make it up the stairs and into the drawers though.

Renaissance Woman said...

Size does matter! Dream big...and now if you could just figure out a way to send the laundry back up the chute!

Gwen said...

Bacon Lady: Are you saying that I can throw things down your hole when I visit? You free this weekend?

Stacie said...

SWEET!!!!

Grant Miller said...

I never wash my clothes. Gives me street cred.

surviving myself said...

One of the best "that's what she said" references ever. Well done.

H said...

I can't believe you are just now using this!?!? Think J & K would let me cut a hole in my wall to throw stuff into?

BTW - like what you have done to the place

Chemgeek said...

When I was 4, my older brother and I were playing "drop stuff down the close chute while the younger brother looks up the chute." It was fun. Stuffed animals, blankets, etc...
It was fun until he dropped the needle nose pliers down the chute. I still have the scar on my cheek 1 inch from my eye.

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

You really have your shit together Gwennie. I ain't got no fancy laundry chute so I just throw all my stuff down the basement door and aim for the basket at the foot of the stairs and pray I don't trip on it one day.

BeckEye said...

My dad has one. I always loved that chute growing up. I always had a secret fantasy about jumping in it and sliding down to the basement. Never did it though. I guess I wasn't as crazy a kid as people thought I was.

hello haha narf said...

WANT!!!

(both the chute and the table to fold clothes.)

you, and your house, fucking rock.

Suze said...

I went into the kitchen and discovered that when you press the button on that white box in the corner, it actually heats up. Who knew a stove could do that? What a good start to the year for both of us huh?

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