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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 09: Folded clothes come out the bottom of the FoldiMate during CES 2018 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center on January 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The USD 980 robotic laundry folder can handle clothing from sizes ranging from a 4-year-old's up to double X and can fold a load of laundry in under four minutes. It is expected to be available at the end of 2019. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 12 and features about 3,900 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 170,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The future has arrived, and it’s ready to fold your clothes! After reading about this new invention, Foldimate, created by a California start-up, I was totally on board! I mean, I’m not really very good at this particular chore, and it is time consuming… so why not? Until I saw the price. It will supposedly retail for nearly $1000.

Would you pay almost $1000 for a machine that you load your clothes into, one at a time, then have it spit out those items neatly folded? It can handle about 15-20 pieces total.  I’m now re-thinking the price. If this product lasts for say 15 years, that’s a lot of loads! Think of what you pay when you take laundry to a dry cleaner to wash, dry and fold. Maybe it’s not asking too much.

Still pondering… is folding the worst part of laundry? Nah, it’s actually the putting away. No machine could ever do that. Oh, and wait, it doesn’t do sheets? Closing my bank app now. Saving for the future, when then invent a machine that can fold the fitted sheets… and cook and exercise for me.

By the way, this particular product is still in the prototype stage, so you have plenty of time to think it over.

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