Unlike Dutch and most probably other northern Europeans and Silicon Valley residents, Greeks are more into owning than using stuff. We prefer buying a car or a house rather than leasing it. I don’t fully understand this kind of obsession but i speculate it’s associated with the nation’s recent history.
Fast forward a few hundred years. I recently moved to a new house which undoubtedly led to some important decisions. Laundry was one of them. In a nutshell i had to choose between following my DNA and breaking the tradition. Buy a new washing machine or find another way for keeping clean. I chose the latter.
Spending for a new, A+ energy class washing machine translates to €250 sans any maintenance, power, water and other bills. Outsourcing laundry is cheaper, faster and way more convenient.
Twice a month, the basket is full of dirty clothes, towels, sheets etc. This equals to 1 or 2 full 5 kg laundry cycles. Outsourcing laundry costs €9 a cycle including maintenance, power, cleaning powder and other bills which is now non of my business.
Let’s assume a 1.5 full 5kg laundry cycle every two weeks or 3 laundry cycles each month. This sums up to €27 a month, including all associated bills. Having said that, what i’m paying here is more than 9 months of outsourcing laundry. It’s 9 months of more hassle free life.
I know exactly when to drop and when to pick my laundry (service is available twice a day). I don’t have to worry for any of the associated costs including maintenance, power, water, cleaning powder, moving company (in case i move to a new place) or other bills. I couldn’t be more careless about weather conditions and air pollution. Heck, i can even have some of my stuff ironed for free and spend my time otherwise.
For all those Greeks thinking about cleaning powder quality and stuff, my answer is this: if i get a rash i can always sue them but i doubt that will be needed. For all those remaining Greeks worrying about fabric issues etc, my answer is this: these guys clean clothes for living, they know better but if you’re still in doubt, jeans can handle it, Threadless t-shirts definitely make it, IKEA and COCO-MAT (new cheap series) is your friend for sheets, towels and stuff.