How to Make One Hour Feel Like 5 Minutes; Ways to Pass Time in the Laundromat
There’s only one thing more strenuous than folding clothes for 30 minutes… and that’s waiting for your laundry to be done. Of course, you could sit on your phone scrolling through social media and pray there’s enough entertaining cat videos to last an hour. However, if you’d like to pull away from the screen for a little while, keep reading for some tips and tricks on how to stay busy at the laundromat.
Talk to Someone
Wow, what a concept… human interaction. All jokes aside though, it is extremely common to go to public places like the laundromat and never interact with a soul there. Most people want to talk to another person, especially when they are super bored—emphasis on super—at a laundromat. Of course, there are some easy ways to make conversations a little more natural when it comes to starting conversations with a stranger. The three easy steps are eye contact, body language and open-ended questions. Make sure you initiate eye contact with someone first to see if they are open to a conversation (most people will quickly look away if they are not). If they make eye contact and their body language is open then you’re good to go! Another tip is to give them an open-ended question that is quirky but relevant, something like “if you could give up any chore for life what would it be? Pretty sure mine would be laundry (*laugh awkwardly)”.
Alright here me out here. As a writer, I obviously have a bias opinion about writing as a way of passing the time, but here’s why you should be considering it as well.
- You’re going to find out some weird stuff about yourself
The thing about writing is that it’s pretty much just writing down your crazy thoughts and then physically seeing them on a page that now exists in the world and not just in your head. It’s pretty much just proof that you exist. Now, whether you decide to burn that evidence or not is up to you, but it might be cool to have the option.
- You can use it as an outlet to feel better about unresolved issue
Get ghosted this year? Can’t talk to your sister about her irritating habits? Write a letter to whoever you want to talk to, with the freedom of being able to say whatever you want. While you may never show this person that letter, it feels pscyhologically better to get those feelings out on paper and be able to express how you feel in some fashion.
- Learn a new skill
Writing, like anything in life, is something learned not gifted. Many people think that someone is just given the ability to do a skill like writing and that’s how it is. The reality is, everything is about practice. The more you do something, the better you will become through practice and exposure. Putting yourself in uncomfortable situations is the key to growth and allowing yourself to learn a new skill. Also, important fact about writing, is that it’s important in almost every single career/occupation. From resume writing to interacting over email with coworkers, being a good writer puts you in a better position to advance in the job market.
The truth of the hour is, passing time (in a useful manner) at a laundromat can be difficult. You may begin to wonder off into thought, stare into space and forget what you were doing in the first place. Just remember that Laundry Locations is the perfect site to go to try and find a laundromat that suits your needs and might actually be fun to hang around for a while!