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How Laundrettes Are Making Life Easier!

How Laundrettes Are Making Life Easier!

Doing your laundry can be an absolute mission these days. Not only do you have to push bundles and bundles of dirty clothes through the washing machine, you then have to wait for them to dry (unless you are lucky enough to have a tumble dryer), and once dried the majority of items will need to be ironed. This process can take up so much time leaving you feeling unproductive and slightly exhausted, and that’s just assuming you even have a fully functional washing machine.

Washing machines and tumble dryers maybe one of the quickest solutions to sorting your laundry at home, but how many times have people had to get them fixed from them constantly breaking down? Granted this maybe down to the how certain individuals are using them, for example overloading a wash cycle just to cut down the time, putting items through with loose fastenings, and many other factors.

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Once the washing machine is broken you then have to call someone out to have a look at it, which of course will involve a charge for their services. Then once they have figured out the problem, a decision will be made to whether they can fix it there and then. They might just need to purchase a new part, or they might have to take it away to dismantle it if the problem is quite severe.

Overall the maintenance side of things can work out really costly, so much so that sometimes its better if you just hand wash your items. However choosing to hand wash your dirty laundry can take up a lot of your time, and you can’t guarantee it will be it will be as effective as a machine wash when you need to get rid of stains and other marks.

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Tumble dryers similarly to washing machines can be a great way to cut hours off your laundry time, and if your laundry is treated with care after the cycle there might not actually be a need to iron it at all. Again the problem here is that should your tumble dryer break down then it will cost a fortune to get it serviced. However a common problem people face when tumble drying laundry is that some clothes can shrink. To avoid this, the care label should always be checked beforehand, and the same goes for the washing process.

So what’s the best way to get laundry processed by the mass in the most time effective manner?

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Well one of the best ways to do laundry is by doing it at a laundrette. The machines there are heavy duty industrialised machines that can cope with large laundry piles by the dozen on a daily basis. The laundry process can become pretty speedy, and in the meantime you can always pop down the local shop, or read a book whilst you’re waiting. Some people even consider the laundrette like a community where you can chat with the locals, make some friends and catch up over a brew and some biscuits. The only downside to a laundrette is the idea of transporting your dirty laundry from point A to point B. If you have a large load it’s impractical to carry it all by hand, but at the same time it’s a waste of money and a trip to wash a load that’s not quite big enough.

Having a car can be pretty useful in situations like this but not everyone is lucky enough to own one. Taking your laundry on public transport can be another option however it is strongly advised that you avoid rush hour like the plague, especially with a big bag of laundry as that could be chaotic.

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There is one more option that can be extremely beneficial and that is to use a laundrette who will provide a collection and delivery service. Most modern laundrettes will offer this service and may even give you the option to have your laundry dry cleaned as well.

I currently live in the capital’s favourite seaside town Brighton, in which these services are trending as the population’s lifestyles are becoming busier. As London is only an hour away, most of the people who live in Brighton are commuters to the capital, meaning they have limited chances to get their laundry done. Some laundrettes in Brighton offer this flexible service which allows the collection and delivery of their laundry to fit around their lifestyles. This service alongside many others are helping life become that much easier on a daily basis moving forwards. No wonder it’s currently trending.

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Last Updated on May 28, 2020

How to Overcome Boredom

How to Overcome Boredom

Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

What is Boredom?

We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

1. Get Focused

Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
  • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
  • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

2. Kill Procrastination

Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

Here are some ideas:

  • Do some exercise.
  • Read a book.
  • Learn something new.
  • Call a friend.
  • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
  • Do a spring cleaning.
  • Wash the car.
  • Renovate the house.
  • Re-arrange the furniture.
  • Write your shopping list.
  • Water the plants.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Sort out your mail & email.
  • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

3. Enjoy Boredom

If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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