Thursday, March 1, 2018

Laundry Room - Make The Best Of What You Have

This house doesn't really have what you would call a laundry room.  It is just a passage way from the kitchen/breakfast room to the garage, but it is big enough to hold the washer and dryer and that is good enough.

Our previous home did have a really nice laundry room.  It was a large room that you entered from the garage to the house and a great size.  Plenty of room for the washer/dryer, a second fridge, plus my craft cabinet.  It also had 4 nice cabinets above the washer and dryer area, so there was tons of storage.  I really enjoyed all that space.

This one is really just a space for the washer and dryer and a shelf on the wall for storage.  Cabinets in place of the shelf is a future project, but in the meantime, I am trying to make the most of what I have.  A few soft baskets from the Dollar Tree and some decorations that I've had for years, make it an inviting place to be.


This is certainly not a very inspiring space, but I tried to make it feel a little more inviting.


I put an over the door bar to hold hangers and it also acts as a place to hang stuff as I take them out of the dryer.  The washer and dryer are the perfect height to use as a folding table too.  I keep a couple of glass counter savers on the dryer and use them if I have to get the hot glue gun out for a project.  So this also acts as a craft counter sometimes.


Those baskets are big enough to hold all the household cleaning supplies that I need all the time.  I love having things close by so I can grab the windex or swiffer pads, cleaning rags and get a cleaning job done in no time.


Just a tiny space that works really, really big.  It will work even harder when we get the cabinets, but for now, it is perfect.  (I get asked about my old washer and dryer and why I haven't upgraded.  Well my motto is "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."  This pair works beautifully and with just the two of us I only have about 4 loads of wash a week, so I can't really say I am wasting energy.  This old pair gets everything so clean and they function so perfectly that I really can't justify spending $1000 on a new pair just for looks.)

How about you, do you have a fabulous laundry room or is yours a tiny space too?

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28 comments:

  1. I had the exact same laundry set up in my previous home. I added a closet rod above the applicances to hang up clothes immediately from the dryer. I loved it. I also had a similar washer and dryer.... I would give my right hand for that washer. I loathe mine! And it isn’t even a front load,

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  2. My laundry room in my new house is small, but it is it's own room. I have a front loading washer and dryer as well as my extra freezer there. I haven't started decorating it yet, but I will soon.

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    1. Hey Penny...same situation here. Love having my freezer! It gives another place to put magnets and photos without messing up the kitchen!

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  3. You have really made the most of your space in your laundry room! And it is attractive too! Our old dryer died recently and my husband was disgusted and went out without me to buy a new dryer. He got one with a curved top...oh no! I really miss the old flat top one...I used it like you do for projects (or even to get dirty dishes out of the kitchen when we had company for dinner).

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  4. Love your laundry room...and agree with you on not buying a new washer and dryer if you don't need it. We recently moved and downsized to an apartment home and one of the things I love about our floor plan is that is has a real laundry room, and it has a doorway from the foyer, but also a doorway into our master closet. The apartment came with a new front load washer and dryer ( and we had to sell our old units as it was a gas dryer anyway) and I love them. They sit on storage pedestals and make it so easy to do laundry. There is a sink and cabinet, shelves above the sink, plenty of room for a shelving unit to hold extra soda, wine, paper products...and room for my small upright freezer. I debated bring the freezer but figured since there was room I should bring it and get rid of it if I found I did not need it. Oh, am I glad I did. Nothing like baking and cooking a large batch of whatever and having it on hand in the freezer. I have decorated the area over the sink with some cute items...and sitting near the laundry baskets on top of the washer I have an old sparkly tiara from a long ago Halloween costume. Reminds me I am Queen of the Laundry ! Thanks for all your great ideas...love following your blog!

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  5. Mine is only slightly larger than yours and a separate room. I have built-in cabinets over the machines which hide a multitude of things. I have a small counter top at the far end and room for a 3-bag dirty clothes cart in front. I also have a decorative wall hanging paper towel dispenser above the cart. There is a small window overlooking the side porch and I have hung a stained glass piece there which provides the color in the room.

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  6. Looks nice, good use of the space! I was wondering where you got your over the door hanger from? Thanks! Amanda amandatonar@yahoo.com

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    1. I have several of these wonderful over the door hooks, I find them all the time at Ross really cheap. They are great for the back of bathroom doors too.

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  7. Ficou linda!
    Temos que aproveitar bem o que temos.
    bjs

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  8. I think it qualifies as a small laundry room. You made great use of the area and the future cabinets will be very useful. Have you considered using the back of the door into the kitchen? Even open there is small space to hang narrow items. Container store should have something that works there. My first w/d were Kenmore (Sears) way back in the day when that meant quality and they lived for more yrs than I really wanted them. One thought on possible future replacements....if there is any chance you would buy w/d with pedestals be sure to install any cabinets high enough on the wall to accommodate that type of w/d setup. Front loaders on pedestals are much easier on the back and most of us will appreciate that feature.

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  9. Marty -- just love what you do in your home and I just love your blog posts. So down to earth and REAL! Thanks always. Do not and I repeat DO NOT get rid of your Washer/Dryer. Since the gov got involved they are just crap. I have a top loader and I have to run all my clothes through a "bulky cycle" AND extra rinse otherwise only partial load of clothes get washed and the rest have dried detergent hanging on. So, I ask, where is the savings? If anything goes wrong, just find old fashioned repair man and keep it going. The new ones are very expensive and just trash! Just my two cents.

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  10. I completely understand your attachment to your washer and dryer. Mine look like they're about the same vintage and thought I was going to have to replace the washer last year. New ones are so expensive and all electronic and won't necessarily clean better . . . and I was so glad when a $13 part took care of the problem!

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  11. I have the exact same dryer as you do, and have had it forever, but am now on my 3rd washer. My set does not match, but my clothes do not care that they are washed with a different brand machine than the dryer. I have a really large laundry room that functions for laundry/sewing/studio. It is not well decorated, unless you count an easel and projects in various stages of doneness as decor. Oh well!

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  12. Like how you use what you have, not just here, but in many spaces you attempt to do that too. I like accessories you have hung up/displayed.
    I keep seeing those fabric bins from Dollar Tree- guess I will go buy some.

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  13. You have everything you need, what more could you possibly ask for? Sure, I see those pinterest worthy laundry rooms but I have never, ever had a home with a laundry area like that so I guess I don't miss it. My home has a great laundry space downstairs and someday when my daughter moves out I'll paint the cabinets and make it even nicer looking but for now she's a pig, so it stays as is. I put in a stackable washer/dryer in my master suite when I renovated, and thank God because if I had to share a machine with her I think we'd be fighting all the time!

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  14. Hi the laundry room looks great have thought of adding a mirror on the door and maybe a small lamp on the dryer area ?

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  15. Personally, I love your washer and dryer. The front loaders seem harder on your clothes.
    I put two plant hooks in the ceiling and bought some chain to hang clothes to drip dry.
    You need a silicone pad for your glue gun. They are really great and you can not only peel the glue off, but wash them. If I only knew what the cats did with mine.

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  16. Looks nice, good use of the space!

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  17. We went to Habit Restore and purchased and old cabinet which I stripped, sanded, primed, painted, and added hardware. Then my husband mounted on the wall. Added crown molding and a shelf with a rod. We did it in our house and my daughters. Looks and functions wonderfully. And only $20.00 for all. Looks completely custom. Love your wisdom.

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  18. If it works Marty, it's perfect ! You, as usual did a terrific job with what you had.
    Very clever.
    Fabby

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  19. I've just recently moved to a much smaller home and your lovely laundry has inspired me!

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  20. I just wanted to let you know your twitter link doesn't work, I'd hate you to miss out on some shares

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    1. Thanks, it must have been a glitch of some kind. I just clicked on both of the links and it works.

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  21. I have a decent laundry room, but it's still unfinished (as is the case with the rest of our 4 year old "new" build). I'm always looking for cute decor ideas. Thanks for sharing.
    Katelynn, hampersandhiccups.com

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  22. Marty, I love your attitude! Instead of complaining about the fact that you don't have the same kind of laundry room you used to have, you instead make the very best of what you DO have! You're just the best.

    Kudos to you for keeping your washer and dryer. And for sure, they do NOT make them like they used to, so you're much better off keeping your good old machines than getting new ones. (If you do ever have to replace them, I recommend Speed Queen--the closest thing available now to what you have there.)

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  23. Oh Marty .... how I wish I had your washer and dryer. These new energy saving models aren’t worth a flip in my opinion. I long to have my clothing actually covered completely with warm soapy sudsy water again rather than just a teeny amount of energy efficient water and detergent. Hold on to your w/d set as long as you can!

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  24. That looks great Marty! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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