In particular in our living room at the moment. Our washing machine died mid-cycle this morning, so I have airers arrayed round the room, adorned with a selection of dripping towels, pillow cases and socks. (There are always socks. No matter what else is being washed there is always at least one pair of socks in there too.) A fan heater is blasting away because we have no drier. At this time of year our washing can take up to three days to dry if unassisted, and that’s when the washing machine has completed its spin cycle.
We definitely got our money’s worth from my old machine before its breakdown. It was a cheap Whirlpool machine, bought 15 years and 3 months ago, when I was furnishing my first (and only ever) flat completely on my own. Before buying it I went to the launderette once, and worked out that a washing machine cost the same as one year of trips once a week to the launderette. A no-brainer, really.
We have been online to find another one. To Tesco first, where we found one we thought would be good. It had a code attached for £20 off, (which would have made it £19 cheaper than Argos once delivery charges had been taken into consideration). Sadly, the website was insistent that the code was no longer valid, despite the banners across the page declaring it had an end date of 6 December. Calls to customer services were unfruitful, with the best suggestion that we pay the full amount, print off the offer details, then contact them for a refund. We decided not to.
Argos was another place we could have gone to. Until we saw their delivery timescales: Up to 42 days. Of course. Obviously I’m shopping for a washing machine because it’s the most fun thing I can think of to do in the month before Christmas. I keep a whole row of them in the kitchen for just such occasions as this. Either that, or I don’t mind wearing the same clothes for six weeks.
We have ended up going back to Tesco, where we have bought a cheaper machine, with a smaller capacity and slower spin speed than the one we originally tried to buy. Still, both spin and capacity are bigger than the defunct one, so it’s not too much of a hardship. And it’s being delivered on Friday. That’s not too bad at all.