Let’s Talk Laundry. Or More Specifically, the Laundry Room/Space.
Where Do You Do the Laundry?
In the Basement of Your Home? In a Hallway behind Folding Doors?
Maybe a Space in the Kitchen? In the Garage?
Perhaps You Have a Designated Laundry Room.
Or Like Me, You Do Laundry in a Tiny Space at the High Traffic Back Door?
Yes. Right Here.
I Must Confess, I Love to Do Laundry. OK, maybe Love is too strong…
I Don’t Exactly Mind Doing Laundry.
With a Family of 4, I Do at a Minimum, 2 Loads Per Day.
But Maneuvering around the Back Door Clutter and the Constant Traffic, It is Time for a Proper Laundry Room.
But What Exactly is a Proper Laundry Room?
I did some research and Found 5 Tips to Creating a Proper Laundry Room…
1. Select the Right Spot.
Doing Laundry creates Noise, Humidity, and Sometimes Water Overflow. The Laundry Room should be away from bedrooms to contain the noise. Basements or the ground floor are good spots in case of water overflows.
2. Make Sure the Laundry Room is Task-Based.
Craft Designated Spaces for the Big 4 Tasks…Sorting. Washing. Drying. Folding.
3. Measurements for a Proper Laundry Room:
Average Washer is 36″.
Dryer is 42″
Leave Floor Space to Move Freely between the Washer, Dryer and Folding Space. Make room for when the washer/dryer doors are open. Determine placement of the Washer/Dryer based on Water Pipes and Door Openings. We recently had an issue with our water pipes being blocked, so it was quite hard to do laundry! Luckily, my husband found a Pipe relining company in Brisbane and they fixed the issue for us. It meant that we had to move the washing machine around a bit but it wasn’t a huge problem.
4. Good Lighting. The Space is a Work Horse and You Need to See what you’re doing.
5. Style Do Laundry in a Room that Makes You Happy.
For Me, A Place Fit for a Princess.
By the Way, My Most Pinned Pinterest Post is About Laundry…Figures(!)
Read about it here: Best Whitest Whites Laundry Tip!
But I Digress…
So We’re Building a Laundry Room. With My Saved Funds for the “We’re Going to France” Trip. This will be a Streamlined, No Fancy Finishes, Stick to the Basics, Functional Laundry Room. With Some French Flair.
We All Love a Good BEFORE, right???
Here’s My BEFORE LAUNDRY ROOM…
But Maybe It Already has the 5 Points of a Perfect Laundry Room and We Can Save the Funds for France.
In the Right Spot?…Away from Bedrooms. Yes. It only has to Compete with the Constant Back Door Traffic.
It already has Brick Floors in case of water overflows. That works. Although, ideally I think I would like to have the floor treated with epoxy floor coatings to make it more robust and easy to maintain when we have all those appliances with the potential of getting water everywhere in the room.
Task-Based? Hardly. Here’s where the problems begin.
Everything and Anything is Crammed into the Space. At the moment, even a Sink for the Bathroom Remodel.
The washing machine itself is pretty old, but it still works very well. I’m sort of waiting for the day that it just packs in and gives up. I have home warranty (if you don’t, then head to https://homewarranty.firstam.com/homeowner/home-warranty/colorado) which should cover any repairs and replacement thankfully. So until that day comes, I’m going to stick with this one.
Measurements? Not Even Close. Open the Back Door and Hit the Washer. Or Me.
Lighting? There’s lots of windows, so doing laundry in the day is fine.
But Doing Laundry at Night with One Tacky Overhead Florescent Light is pathetic.
Fancy Laundry Sorting Bags Meet Costco Overflow Cleaning Supplies, cuddled up Next to Mops, Brooms, Recycling Bins, Battery Candles, a Clunky Water Heater and Extra Cat Litter.
Now to My Favorite Part…See the Tiny Empty Space Doing Nothing By the Back Gate…
Ta Dah…This Will be the Laundry Room. And Extended Out a Bit Larger.
Space for the Machines, of Course. But Also Space for a Folding Table. Laundry Baskets. And Storage Racks.
I’d Love to Include a Quiet Spot to Sit and Relax and for Waiting if the Machines are Almost Done.
A Space to Scroll through Emails. Chat on the Phone. Share the Day with Mr. Doodle. With the Girls.
Or Close My Eyes for a Moment. Far from the Crowds.
Being Gently Lulled by the Splash Dash of the Washer and the Whizz Zazz of the Dryer.
This Could Be My Own Very Magical Space. 🙂
Ready? On to Construction!