So here’s the truth: I’m a spoiled, rotten, American.
And, I happen to live in what could arguably be called the richest country in Europe.
Many families all over the globe do not have a washing machine. Or clean water. Or electricity. Nor could they read this post if it were printed out and placed in front of them.
And here I am, a hoity-toity snob who showers in what most of the world would deem drinking water, tosses expired food that the hungry would gladly eat, and uses a smartphone that was probably made by minimum wage workers in China.
I know all of this, and I often find it difficult to live with these facts. I do what I can to share what I have (little by Western standards; enormous by the rest of the world’s). Yet, it’s still hard.
Honestly, I always feel the most guilty when I get something that makes my life easier. So know that when I tell you I got a dryer, I am not bragging. And I know I don’t deserve it.
But, we should do our best to make the best of our circumstances whatever they may be, keeping mind they could change at any time.
Here’s where I currently find myself.. About to have baby #3. And a massive increase in laundry.
It’s not that I mind drying my clothes on a rack. I really don’t. I have a schedule for which days to wash which sheets and which days to wash towels, fitting in loads of clothes between the large items. But there is absolutely no way my neat little system can handle the explosion of newborn clothing.
After research and number crunching, we decided to purchase a condenser dryer (kondenstrockner). It requires no ventilation and can be set up anywhere in the house. Good thing, since the only space we had was the utility closet.
I ordered the dryer on Amazon.de. I LOVE this website. Not only does it have much better prices than the retail stores in my city, but it often includes FREE delivery which is a must for people like me without a car.
Here’s a look at our new workhorse.