Monday, March 20, 2017

Our New Laundry Room

Slowly, I've been showing you bits and spaces of our new home.  We finished building and moved in last Fall.  With Precious Daughter's wedding, preparing for our Favorite Son's move to Montana, our own move and the holidays taking most of our time, I've just now found time to breathe and share a few photos.  Today, we'll take a peak at our small, hard working laundry room.  It isn't easy to get good photos but here goes!
When designing our house, it was important to me to have our washer and dryer close to our bedroom.  In our last home, the laundry room was on the main floor just off the kitchen.  This worked okay for awhile as our family spent a lot of time outdoors.  The laundry area doubled as a full bath, complete with toilet, utility sink and shower.  All of the bedrooms were upstairs and as the children have grown and moved out and J has retired, I was finding myself continuing to haul all of our bedding and clothing up and down those stairs several times each week.  I thought how much easier it would be to have the laundry near our master bedroom.  And, it has worked just as I'd envisioned!

This is a small space and I really had to think what I wanted to do in this room as well as what I wanted stored here.  As you can see, we have a Maytag Bravos XL washer and dryer.  I love them!  The new technology is a big improvement on our old Maytag.  Our clothes are clean and the process is much quieter!  You can see they take up a lot space and that surprised me.  J had to cut the dryer vent hose just right so the dryer would clear the plantation shutters.  I also store a folding clothes rack and my clothes steamer here.
I had our cabinet maker build only base cabinets and I had him add a Formica counter top for folding.  I didn't add wall cabinets as I was afraid it would make the room look smaller than it already was.  We added one shelf I already had and another one J made to liven up the wall a bit.  I added some of my photo and plants.  This is a hardworking room and  I didn't want much decor to clean.
The outside wall has a clock and I hung my mother's old wash board on the opposite wall.
My laundry and cleaning supplies are stored in the cabinets.   When we moved, I really pared down my cleaning supplies to what I used on a weekly basis.  The rest were donated or pitched.  What I kept HAD to fit comfortably in this cabinet. 
I've been following Mary Organizes 91 Decluttering Challenge and it has helped me decide what to keep and what to let go of.
Ironing supplies and mops are stored behind the door as is a hanging rack for clothes ready to be ironed.  I'm hoping to find just the right hooks to hang my ironing board some day soon.
That's our little hard working laundry room.  The master bedroom is just a few steps away.
Thanks for stopping by!  I'm interested in your comments and how you utilize your laundry areas.  Wishing you all a happy week!


Linking to:

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Tuesdays at our Home
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The Scoop
Make It Pretty Monday
Home Matters
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Kim said...

What a lovely laundry room, Zenda. laundry seems to be a room where those "I can't find a home" objects seem to rest awhile. Yours is a beautiful and well organised space.

Shannon @ Belle Bleu Interiors said...

What a pretty laundry room, Zenda! I have been trying to get inspired to do something with my laundry room. I think it is my least favorite room in the house. I have painted the room, and bought a new rug, but that is it. You have inspired me to finish the project! I hope that you have a wonderful week!!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love your new laundry room, it is gorgeous. So much light and space. Your new home is coming right along and looking amazing.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

So jealous! This is the laundry room of my dreams. Alas, apartment life means we have to schlep everything down to the main floor.

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh I love it . Love the counter space you have . Wow! That's what I wish I had more of . Awesome job Zenda . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

Maria Elena said...

Love, love your new laundry room. You have created a gorgeous space!

Sylvia said...

Zenda, What a great room. I will have to check the 91 decluttering link. I love the few decorator items you included. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

Michelle Leslie said...

You've done so many amazing things in your new home Zenda and it was a pleasure seeing your laundry room. I would never have thought about putting it next to the master bedroom, but it makes so much sense. I love how practical the space is too

carol@The Red Painted Cottage said...

Zenda, I love your laundry room. Ours is in a large closet on the main floor. I would love a separate room, but I'm not going to complain because it is on our main floor.

Jann Olson said...

Really nice and functional Zenda. My laundry room needs a good cleaning right now. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

The Charm of Home said...

Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

Jean | said...

Zenda, I would feel like Lady of the Manor, too, with that gorgeous, functional, conveniently located and not-that-small laundry room!