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The Tale of a Broken Washing Machine

Once upon a time appliances were built to last. Unfortunately, their lifespan is much less than that of decades past. Hence when something lasts longer than "expected" there is much to be grateful for.

We made aliyah in 2010.

The apartment we found was unfurnished as they commonly are, and we needed to buy our appliances. We purchased a refrigerator, a washing machine, and a dryer. It's now 2024 and our refrigerator, bli ein hara, tfoo tfoo tfoo is still in use.

We still have the dryer but it is temperamental, meaning it isn't behaving as it needs to all the time. I don't want to speak too loudly because inanimate objects need TLC or they will rebel.

We use drying racks all year and utilize the sun. In the summer, everything dries in minutes so we aren't going to worry about it now. However, when the weather turns cold and wet we'll need to replace the dryer for those situations when air drying isn't ideal.

Now on to the tale of the washing machine titled in this post.

The end of the story is we replaced it this week with one previously owned and half the age of our broken one. For those who love details, I will share.

A week ago on erev Shabbos (always erev Shabbos or Yom Tov for a crisis, chas v'shalom) a load of much-needed white Shabbos shirts stopped mid-cycle with an error code flashing on the panel.

Our go-to appliance repair guy had told us after the last visit the washer had lived a good lifespan compared to others he's seen. We knew that it wasn't worth dispatching him this time. It was time to replace the appliance.

For those who like hashgacha pratis stories, I was Klutter Koaching with a client who was preparing for a move, and guess what she didn't need in the new apartment! Yep, a washing machine. We needed to wait a full week before it could be delivered but it has arrived and Mt. Laundrymore is being scaled one load at a time.

What I wanted to share about being without a washing machine for nearly ten days is an article in its own right.

But often I'm asked how many clothes are "too much"? How does one know what to keep or declutter? The general guideline according to me, The Klutter Koach, is to have enough socks, undergarments, and shirts for 7-10 days. You will also discover what doesn't get worn. Whether not a favorite or the wrong size, it may be something to consider to cull those items from the clothing storage areas. Consider this advice pre-Tisha B'av as many don't wash clothing for ten days. A broken machine, chas v'shalom, isn't needed to utilize this advice.

That, my friends, is the tale and advice from my experience of a broken washing machine.

A big thank you to SG and TS who generously allowed the use of their washing machines last erev Shabbos for a few crucial loads, as we didn't (yet) have the suggested 7-10 days of clothing, and to HaKodesh Baruch Hu who allowed us to find a replacement machine in our budget just when we needed it.

Should all your appliances "live" many years!

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