We are getting to the point in our marriage and family that we have to start replacing things. We’ve had about five couches since we’ve been together. Our current couch needs to be replaced. We bought it for our old house, which had a much bigger family room. I don’t know what we were thinking when we bought a down-stuffed chenille couch? You can only imagine how it looks after five years with a kid who had reflux as an infant, two dogs, and a husband with male friends who come over often. We need a new couch, but I just haven’t found “the one”. I’m not settling with our next couch.
I’ve had a love/hate relationship with our washer and dryer set since it was about two months old. Well, mostly, I love to hate it. I think we’ve had both of them serviced about two to three times each. When our warranty finally expired last year, we decided to not renew it. We were done and said that when they broke again, we would buy new ones.
I think that it was a foreshadowing in April, when I posted about “Airing my Dirty Laundry” and going to Arizona. I attended a Blogger Retreat hosted by Bosch Appliances. They provided us with “laundry training” and also educated us about their products. Before attending this event, we started having major problems with our current LG washer and dryer. Angry Husband and I had been discussing buying a conventional top loading washing machine instead of a front loader. I was intrigued to see what Bosch had to say.
You would think that a family of three would not have a ton of laundry, right? This is what our laundry area looked like before I went on that trip to Arizona. Angry Husband and I both wear uniforms for work. Angry Kid has a habit of changing his clothes at least 2-3 times a day. This makes for a very large laundry pile. We also have an issue of our towels having a mold smell. No matter how few towels, or how fast I put them into the dryer, they smell.
For about two weeks now, our washing machine has been making these crazy noise. It sounds like it is ready to take off and fly away. Angry Husband gave me “that look” about a week ago. He said, “we probably need to look into buying a new washer and dryer soon”. I was in total denial. Even though I hated our current washer and dryer, I didn’t want to justify spending that much money. Have you looked at appliances recently? They are not cheap, plus you always need some kind of accessory/cord/etc. to go with it.
Angry Husband and I were both off today. We were organizing the house and cleaning the garage. This is what people do when their son is at camp for the day. I was doing laundry and the washing machine was even more obnoxious. Angry Husband stated again, “We need to go look at washers and dryers. One day, you are going to NEED to do laundry and it isn’t going to work.” I think he made his point. After we picked up Angry Kid from camp, we headed towards Best Buy.
Really, it was an easy decision for me. I glanced at all of the other brands, but my heart led me to Bosch. I’m a researcher and I felt that I HAD DONE the research. We went with the Bosch Vision Washer and Dryer, 500-Series. We did not get the stands. We have stands with our current washer and dryer. We have NEVER used them. I think we are going to get some type of countertop to put across the top of the washer and dryer for storing the laundry products, etc.
My hand shook a little when sliding that credit card for payment. But then we came home and saw green goo dripping from the soap dispenser on our washing machine. We just sighed with relief.
The new Bosch Babies are coming home on Wednesday. Angry Husband is going to prep for their arrival tomorrow.
Disclosure: I didn’t receive anything from Bosch to post this. They sent me to a Blogger Retreat in April, where I became obsessed with their products. Knowledge is power! Plus, there are ton of rebates for Bosch products. My new washer and dryer is sponsored by my new diet of eating Ramen and having really clean clothes. Ramen = poor, but happy Julie.