Dry-cleaning

Are you afraid of the washer/dryer monster lurking in the garage (or wherever your combo lives)?  Do you hate doing laundry?  I don’t judge.  Do you hate ironing?  I might judge. Nonetheless I hear you and your pain.

  

  

The below approach solution will not save you money, it will cost you more, but you will gain convenience in 3 ways:

  

  1. No need to do your own laundry
  2. No need to make room for it in your luggage (passed the first two weeks)
  3. No need for ironing your own clothes

  

Let laundering or dry-cleaning be your friend.  To get started, you will need to have 2 weeks’ worth of clothes (shirts, blouses, pants/trousers).  The below approach will involve you, a dry-cleaner, and a hotel concierge.  You will be switching weeks’ worth of clothing between these.

  


  

Suggested schedule (for locals/non-travelers):

 

      • Week 1:
        • Wear a week’s worth of clothing (“WWOC 1”)
        • Drop off WWOC 1 at the dry-cleaner’s

 

 

      • Week 2:
        • Wear a week’s worth of clothing (“WWOC 2”)
        • Drop off WWOC 2 at the dry-cleaner’s and pick up WWOC 1

 

      • Weeks 3, 4:
        • Repeat weeks 1 & 2

 

 

This approach works great, if you work locally.

 

Suggested schedule (for travelers):
Option 1 – staying at the same hotel week after week, with dry-cleaning services.
WWOC = Week’s worth of clothing

  

    • Week 1:
      • Wear WWOC 1 (you will have to bring this in your luggage)
      • Drop off WWOC 1 at the hotel’s dry-cleaner (last day)
      • (Optional) Upon check-out, ask if WWOC 1 can be delivered to your room the following week

 

    • Week 2:
      • Check into the hotel, pick up WWOC 1 (or it might be waiting in your room)
      • Wear WWOC 2 (you will have to bring this in your luggage)
      • Drop off WWOC 2 at the hotel’s dry-cleaner (last day)
      • Leave WWOC 1 (still pristine in its plastic wrapper) with the concierge (last day)

 

    • Week 3:
      • Pick up WWOC 1 from the concierge
      • Wear WWOC 1
      • Pick up WWOC 2 from hotel dry-cleaner
      • Drop off WWOC 1 at the hotel’s dry-cleaner (last day)
      • Leave WWOC 2 (still pristine in its plastic wrapper) with the concierge (last day)

 

    • Week 4:
      • Pick up WWOC 2 from the concierge
      • Wear WWOC 2
      • Pick up WWOC 1 from hotel’s dry-cleaner
      • Drop off WWOC 2 at the hotel’s dry-cleaner (last day)
      • Leave WWOC 1 (still pristine in its plastic wrapper) with the concierge (last day)
    •   

    • On-going:
      • Repeat this schedule

 


 

Option 2 – staying at the same hotel week after week without dry-cleaning services

or staying at different hotels

 

    • Week 1
      • Wear WWOC 1 (you will have to bring this in your luggage)
      • Drop off WWOC 1 at dry-cleaner’s close to work or the airport or the following week’s hotel

 

    • Week 2
      • Wear WWOC 2 (you will have to bring this in your luggage)
      • Pick up WWOC 1 from dry-cleaner’s
      • Leave WWOC 1 with the hotel (last day; if changing hotels, remember to leave it at the following week’s hotel!)*
      • Drop off WWOC 2 at the dry-cleaner’s close to work or the airport or the following week’s hotel

 

    • Week 3
        • Pick up WWOC 1 from hotel
        • Pick up WWOC 2 from dry-cleaner’s
        • Wear WWOC 1
        • Leave WWOC 2 with the hotel concierge (last day; if changing hotels, remember to leave it at the following week’s hotel!)*
        • Drop off WWOC 1 at the dry-cleaner’s close to work or the airport or the following week’s hotel

       

    • Week 4
      • Pick up WWOC 1 from dry-cleaner’s
      • Pick up WWOC 2 from hotel
      • Wear WWOC 2
      • etc.

 

 


 

*I have done a fair bit of hotel-switching from week to week, sometimes from day-to-day, so I know it’s easy to forget which hotel you’re at next.  I have had quite a few embarrassing moments when the hotel front desk couldn’t find my reservation because I didn’t have one for that day.  The same thing happens with dry-cleaning.

  


 

This approach (especially the flying business traveler one) won’t work for everyone.  If you’re somebody who can survive on 10 shirts or blouses and doesn’t care too much about mixing it up every 2 weeks, this works.

  

If you need more variety, you could use a slight variation:
On your first trip, pack as many business outfits as you want (you might have to check a suitcase).  I hate checking luggage, so I never did that.  Nonetheless, you can now keep all your business clothes at the hotel.  You can still follow the above approach, you just will need to leave *more* clothes each week with the hotel concierge.

  

If you have a dedicated cubicle or office at work with a closet, you could also store the laundered/dry-cleaned WWOC at said closet.
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