Over the past several years, my husband and I have enjoyed walking through the Parade of Homes. It is so interesting to see what features people choose to put in their homes and all of the neat ideas I would never think of in a million years.
We browse through all types of houses from small to large and from $200,000 all the way to the big dawgs priced in the millions.
And of course, I am always intrigued by their laundry rooms and the choices people make regarding those areas. Such as:
- Why a builder would put a laundry “closet” in a 5-bedroom home. That is just bizarre to me. If one has a family large enough to fill up a 5-bedroom home, then I can practically guarantee that they need a laundry room to deal with all of that clothing. A laundry closet just doesn’t make any sense at all.
(And the same goes for putting in a super small 2×3 foot pantry for a house that size. Ridiculous!)
- Windows. I love windows in every room, and I can’t really understand why one wouldn’t put a window in a laundry room of all places if the option exists. Windows evoke a feeling of ‘clean and airy.’ And of course that makes you think of clean laundry!
- A Sink. A sink is such a necessity in the process of washing clothes. If there is available space in the laundry room it is just icing on the laundry cake to have a sink readily available!
- Color choice in the laundry room. I am always interested why people choose to use ‘builder beige’ in the laundry room. Yellow, a light blue…even something bold like a spring green would be better than a drab beige. Beige certainly has its place in a home’s color scheme, but if you’re trying to make your laundry room a happy, ideal, motivating place to work then beige is NOT going to do the job.
I distinctly remember one of the million dollar homes we toured, and I’ll note that this was even before my love of all-things-laundry began (my pre-children days!). This laundry room was truly the biggest I’d ever seen, besides the one at the Biltmore Estate. It was a 20×30 room and had more shelving and floor space than I could have ever imagined.
There was an actual ‘ironing space’ where the ironing board could be left up all of the time!! What a dream!
Not to mention a laundry chute, 2 sets of front-loading washers/dryers, a double sink, a whole wall of windows and a television! Talk about a fabulous place to wash some dirty clothes!
As you all know, my laundry room is extremely small. Please don’t get me wrong: I am so grateful for that tiny little space that I can bless my family. But if I let my mind dream a little, this is what my ideal laundry room would have:
– It would definitely have an ironing space where I could leave my ironing board up all of the time. I hate having to take it up and down (even though it’s not really that big of a deal).
– It would have a large, deep sink. It’s hard to do real stain removal when I use the shallow sink in the kids’ bathroom. I’d love to have a deep sink where I could soak things overnight if I needed to.
– It would have several windows. It would be nice to look outside when in my laundry room. Daydreaming is nice no matter how old you are.
– It would be the same shade of yellow as our baby nursery. Our nursery has the perfect (to me) shade of light yellow. It makes you feel cozy and airy and clean. The sheer color just makes you feel good when you walk in the room.
– It would have good lighting. You can’t get stains out if you can’t see them! Thankfully, my current laundry room has great lighting.
– There would be lots of shelving. Shelving to store linens that don’t get used year-round, laundry detergent and supplies, bulk purchases that we make, etc. I’m definitely not a Mama that saves everything, but it is really nice to have ample storage and shelving when needed.
– I’d have an 8-ft Folding Table. I could quickly take clothes from the dryer to the Folding Table and fold away.
– And I’d have 2 sets of front-loaders. (I’m dreaming here, remember?) I can’t even imagine how quickly I could get our laundry washed and dried with a double set! I might could even cut down to doing laundry 2-3 days a week since it would be finished twice as fast!
Again, I am not complaining about my current laundry room. I am so blessed and grateful to have a space where you can actually shut the door! But it’s sometimes nice to think about how you would improve your current situation.
What is in your dream laundry room? Tell me all about it in the comments! I love reading these…