Monday, November 1, 2010

Secret Laundry Closet

I wanted to show some photos of our secret laundry closet.  I call it "secret" because no one seems to know where we do laundry, and they are surprised when I show them this closet. 

When we remodeled our upstairs bathroom, we moved the washer and dryer to this bathroom.  It just seemed to make sense to me to have the washer and dryer upstairs.  That's where most of the clothes, sheets and towels live, after all.
The only clothes and sheets on the first floor belong to Handy Boy, and he brings them upstairs as part of his chores. 

Our washer and dryer previously lived in the basement.  I hated that!  I hated lugging all of the laundry from the second floor down 2 flights of stairs to the basement.  Then I had to lug it all back up.  I know, I'm such a wimp, right?
When you open the right hand door, you see a storage rack with my laundry and cleaning supplies.  I believe that the metal rolling rack was purchased at Walmart.  

Handy Man put up this rack with hooks, where I hang the tools I use to clean the second floor. 
We have a stackable Maytag washer and dryerI love the stackable unit, but we won't be buying a Maytag the next time we need a washer and dryer. We've had to get this one repaired too many times since we've had it (in Handy Man's opinion).
Remember those old TV ads about the Maytag repair man being so "bored?" Ha, we kept him busy! Gone are the days when appliances would last 30+ years and hardly need a repair. 

Our laundry space is small, but efficient.  I don't use a lot of products for cleaning or laundry, so there isn't much in the closet.  I ran out of dryer sheets last year, decided I didn't like paying for them, and stopped buying them.  I like being able to have everything I need within reach; and when I'm finished with the laundry, I can close the doors.

Where do your machines live? Do you like the location, or do you wish you could move them? 

19 comments:

Scrappy Gal said...

Ok, as you know, mine resides in my KITCHEN! Yup! And, I thought it was extremely tacky when we first moved in, but now I love being able to start a load while getting the kids ready for the day, then tossing it in the dryer as soon as it's finished. I'm always in the main level of my house, so I can always hear when it's done, so it doesn't sit unforgotten!! Works for us!!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I can see how that would work. If you remember our last house, the laundry was in the downstairs bathroom, off the kitchen.

That was nice in a way, but the stairway to the upstairs was waaaaay on the other side of the house, so it felt like I had to take about 1,000 steps to carry it up and down, lol.

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Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I love the idea of having the laundry near the bedrooms...that's where mine is located and I LOVE it!!!

Blessings,
Linda

Michelle said...

Very cute and space conscious! I actually have a laundry room for the first time ever, there is no hanging space though and I hate that.

Tami said...

My laundry room is at the other end of the house from the bedrooms. Not only is it a laundry room it is an office and pantry. I do not know what they were thinking when that put it in. Your newest follower.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Envy my cooking: I'll check out your site!

Tami: thanks for becoming a follower!

colleen said...

when we bought our house the laundry room was thru the breeseway and actually a corner walled off in the garage . grrrrr so when we remodeled we added on the entire west side of house and its now off the kitchen. but also off our master bedroom we have a walk thru closet right into my laundry craft room ;). this makes me soooo happy. we can still hear the alarms when load is done but the clanking of dryer not so much. i also have a stacked unit kenmore has worked pretty good 1 repair in 7 yrs that was expensive. there is a company on line called appliance repair if you are handy at all. we fixed our stove [computer] part in about 15 min and saved us hundreds. i got to talk with a real person and the part was guarenteed this is unheard of.

Heaven's Walk - said...

I think it's a great idea having them on the 2nd floor! I have to do the lugging thing. Grab from the hamper in the 2nd floor bath, lug it down the stairs through the kitchen down the basement stairs, and back up both of them when the laundry's done. BUT.....I just think about how many calories I get to burn while I'm doing it! lol!

xoxo laurie

Meg said...

ha! Very thrifty! I wish, wish, wish we had our laundry upstairs! It doesn't make any sense to lug it down, then back up! I'm envious. ;)
Thanks for linking up, as always!!

Eileen said...

Oh yeah. Mine have been upsatirs for 21 years. Just seems like the right place for a laundry center with a house full of kids!

Anonymous said...

I also have a maytag and hate it---we had it for 2 months and something is always wrong with it---I love your blog, just came across it today thru Clean Mama. Mary

Kristin said...

Oh, ours is in ye old basement. It's a huge laundry/storage room, which is nice, but it would be easier to have it all upstairs like you do -- unfortunately, there is not place for something like that. I'm just glad I have big kids to lug it all around. :)

LambAround said...

I've been trying to convince hubby to move our washer/dryer upstairs, but he says it's impossible. Phooey!
Really, if all the bedrooms are upstairs, why on earth would anyone want the washer and dryer downstairs? Even worse, you have to walk through the icky laundry room to get to the guest bathroom!!

Delightful Order said...

Great space! Thanks for linking up on Delightful Order.
DaNita

angelfitch said...

I saw you over on Delightful Order and had to check it! Love the flooring in your laundry room, too!!
~Terry
http://mossandclover.blogspot.com/2011/02/mud-room-reveal.html

Comeca Jones said...

Your space is simple and neat that seems to be your motto(I love it!)

Beth Mizzell said...

I have a laundry room that is an awful use of space. I like the rolling rack!

Jessica said...

I love the secret laundry closet, mine is right outside our bathroom door and just down the hall from our bedroom. I walk out the door, gathering laundry as I go and it's in the wash before I know it. So convenient. Unfortunately, our stackables are in a tiny little closest and the only extra space is on top of the dryer. If it doesn't fit up there, it's not going in the closet. I wish i at least had room for a basket or bin in there for towels etc.

It's too bad you've have so many issues with your Maytag. It's a common complaint these days that appliances just don't last as long as they used to, unfortunately. I'm sure the Maytag man is haooy you're keeping him in a job, but once your warranty period is over there is a good chance you or your Handy Man will be able to do any repairs that pop-up on your own! They're easier than you think and definitely more cost effective. Check out PartSelect to see what I mean.

Thanks for sharing your secret closet, your posts are always a great read.

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