Laundry. The never, ever, EVER ending task in life. No matter what you do, laundry cannot be avoided. I’ll let you in on a little secret- I LOVE doing laundry. I’m currently campaigning to have my friends clean my house in exchange for doing their laundry. I’d much rather fold clothes, iron, and have you clean the kitchen and bathrooms (especially the bathrooms).
Now that we’ve firmly established what household chore I keep up on, hopefully someone will be at my house tomorrow to clean :-). I’d like to introduce you to a couple of the laundry rooms we’ve designed over the years. One of them is from the Safford House… an early project you’ll be seeing a lot more of in the next few weeks!
One of the reasons I don’t mind it is because I put thought into the laundry rooms in our homes. I like having systems and ways to make something go efficiently. I was able to accomplish that with the way I laid the room(s) out.
If you’re building or planning a remodel, here are a few things to consider and some examples from past laundry rooms.
Don’t be afraid to have a large laundry room! Especially if you have several children… you know there’s always a pile of laundry. So, if you have the space in your plans go for it!
Ok, so you don’t have the space… what now? It’s ok if you don’t have the room for a large laundry room. The Cemetery House was just a closet! It was in the master bedroom though which was AMAZING. That’s a great compromise- put it in your master suite as a closet.
Another idea for smaller spaces is to used a stackable washer/dryer. I personally don’t care for front load washers, so we found a top load stacked washer/dryer.
Have plenty of hanging space. I like to line dry most of my clothing, and it’s nice having a clothing rod to use.
If your detergent, softener, etc. has to sit out, make it pretty! I’ve used glass jars to store things, and baskets on the shelves.
Find a sorting system that works. If you have the space individual basket for darks, lights, towels, and all of the other categories works wonders. It makes it easy to grab a basket and toss it in the wash. The Safford house (you’ll meet that project soon) had the best shelves for baskets and a counter to fold.
I could go on, but those are the main things to keep in mind when designing your space. Have more questions? Leave a comment below. Thanks!