2.03.2011

The "Joy" of Doing Laundry--10 Steps

When our daughter was two years old, we lived in the suburbs of
Chicago and commuted to work downtown everyday.  
 One night, in between loads of laundry in our unfinished basement,
I stopped to read "A Newsletter Written By Mothers"
(no blogs back then).
 It said: "As fold my baby's pajamas and my husband's T-shirts, I think of how much 
I love the people wearing these clothes and it gives me joy."
Wait? JOY?!!!  Twenty years later and I am still contemplating that statement.  
  
At least, I like our new laundry room.  Here's why:
1.  A bar above the dryer to hang up freshly laundered clothes.

2.  built-in laundry baskets.

3.  The cabinet above is actually a laundry chute from the master closet.

4.  Slate floor.  Good in an area with moisture.

5. More organization.  
Guess which Wisteria basket is hiding the unmatched socks?  
(the middle one) 
6.  Pretty and cost efficient finishes.  The granite counter was from 
the old kitchen and I had it honed.  The hardware is from Target.  
The stainless steel sink is from Overstock.com.  

My friend, Debbie's beautiful upstairs laundry room...
7.  Notice how she raised the washer and dryer for convenience?

8.  She has a skylight for natural lighting.

9.  She also incorporates lovely details like the wavy mosaic tile and an 
oil painting to make folding clothes more pleasant.

10.  There is a fold out ironing board.






Guess which basket from Home Goods is holding the unmatched socks?  
(the little one)

Here is a favorite laundry room from Brooke's "Velvet and Linen" blog.
This Pretties and Posies post may inspire you to go more green with your cleaning products.

  Back to my laundry room and the sign on the way out,
...AND a bunch of unmatched socks.

Figge Photography
One of the reasons I have so much laundry, ah, I mean "joy."

How joyful is your laundry experience?  
Best wishes,
Mary Ann


59 comments:

  1. I love you laundry room! Our laundry room is on our "to do" list. I don't even have cabinets, just a wire shelf. Great inspirations.

    Thanks!

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  2. wow.. i'd love doing laundry in that room too! ;) but seriously, that is a wonderful thought to embrace.. i love it! my laundry room is on the list.. but pretty close to the bottom. lol

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  3. Mary Ann!

    What a delightful post! I loved reading it and seeing your pretty laundry room.

    I simply can't do laundry in my laundry room. I mean, I can't fold it there. I need to be on the couch watching something interesting.

    Really cool post! :-)

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  4. I agreed, Luciane...wish I had a tv/music or something in there. I have a full dryer waiting for me right now.
    Mary Ann

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  5. Really lovely. In the winter I have the Park laundromat, clean and efficient. In the summer I have enough room in Don's shed for an apartment size washer and dryer. Laundry is not a fun time for me at all but has to be done.

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  6. Ok, make me feel guilty, haha! I have never felt that much joy while folding clothes, but I have never had a laundry room that great! Nice but not great.
    Mary Ann, to have a laundry chute drop into a cabinet and to have the floor built up is genius.
    Wonderful images!
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  7. Let me just say I HATE DOING LAUNDRY for the record.

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  8. Your son is so handsome! Great picture! SHHHH, we won't tell him he made Mom's blog! Great laundry room inspiration!

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  9. Love all these lovely laundry rooms - might as well be pretty since we spend so much time there. I've now taken to timing when the dryer finishes so I can get to everything before the wrinkles set in - laundry isn't so bad but ironing is another story! LOVE your chute!!

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  10. What a great post......you actually make laundry look like fun. With a beautiful, light, airy and orgainzed room like that....I could grow to like it:) Handsome son....come on, you know those major loads of laundry are worth it!

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  11. Your laundry room came out amazing. The laundry chute is such a great idea! Your son is so handsome, you must be so proud. xo

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  12. Your laundry room is fantastic! I love the laundry chute cabinet - Ingenious! I also love how you repurposed your old counters. They look great! Your friend Debbie's wavy mosaic backsplash is going right in my inspiration file. Love it.

    (Low whistle)Your son is one good looking kid. You must be beating the girls off with a stick. Teens do generate a ton of laundry, don't they? Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Your laundry room is pretty, and the laundry chute cabinet is such a clever idea. I have a bar exactly like yours to hang clothes and it gets quite a workout. :-) My laundry room functions pretty well, but it's still in progress in the decorating department.

    Happy weekend...

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  14. Adore folding clothes on my bed. 2 cats playing with the clothes, and me.

    Takes longer, but it's pure joy.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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  15. I love love love this room!!! ..and oddly enough I love doing laundry! This is so beautiful!

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  16. I have SO MUCH JOY I don't know what to do!! LOL It seems that I am NEVER caught up! NEVER! NO matter what! I am in love with your laundry room!! Mine is a HOT MESS! It is a huge room, so therefore, it is a catch all for everything! I get it all cleaned up and then I buy chairs at an auction, redo them and put the OLD chairs in the laundry room.....the Christmas tree in it's box is sitting in there waiting patiently to go up in the attic....never ending!

    I am going to try and incorporate some Joy into that room.....TRY being the operative word!!

    Have a great weekend Mary Ann and thank you for visiting my blog!

    Lou Cinda

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  17. No joy for me in doing laundry....I actually really hate it. I love your laundry psace tho. I wonder if I had a nice space like that if I would be a little more excited to do it.

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  18. Your laundry room is so great! I love the built in baskets. I need to redo mine, so thanks for the inspiration!

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  19. Oh Yes the JOY of laundry. I am with you on this one, no joy in my laundry room. I call it the pit!! With three growing boys in sports, you know exactly what I am talking about. I had 3 loads a day, if I missed one or two day, you do the math. Laundry has always been the bane of my existence. I will try to be more JOYFUL!!! Love your laundry room, great organization!!! Happy weekend,Kathysue

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  20. Oooh! These are dreamy!! Your is just gorgeous!! Mine is in the dark dreary basement! We recently got a new washer and dryer...our old ones were from the 70's!! I basically run down the stairs, do what I have to do, and run back up as fast as I can! I try not to look around too much...It's too scary! Someday I hope we have a house with an upstairs laundry room :)
    Thanks for sharing! I love the laundry shoot into the cabinet idea!
    Kelle
    xx

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  21. The laundry shoot is just genius!! I don't know if I'll ever get joy from doing laundry, but your space would make it easier.

    Thank you so much for your sweet compliments on my project!! Have a nice weekend.

    Naomi

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  22. Please don't hate me....but I love doing laundry! :-) Your laundry room would be such a delight for me...I just love it! The cabinet/chute is such a creative idea. Your son is so handsome...I can imagine the girls in his life. :-)

    Thanks so much for sharing this...at least I can dream.

    xo
    Pat

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  23. I would love a bigger laundry room. Next house it will be a must. I love yours. It reminds me of my sisters. The slate floor is beautiful!

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  24. What lovely places to do laundry!! I am right now re-doing my tiny laundry room, so great inspiration!! Thank you for your lovely visit.

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  25. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am soooo jealous of your laundry room. Not only is it functional but it's beautiful too! Lucky, lucky! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  26. Great post! I love beautiful, organized laundry rooms. It makes that chore almost enjoyable!

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  27. What a great room. I'm extremely jealous...my laundry is in my dark and dank basement. I really need to do something about it. Your blog is great as are your pictures. I'm a follower now. Best Regards from a new blogger.

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  28. Omg I am so jealous, I'll admit it! My washer and dryer are in my first floor bathroom -- what a pain! There's hardly a day without laundry on that floor. I hate it. What I wouldn't give...:)

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  29. Great job on your laundry room! I'll take the one from Brooke's blog and turn it into my kitchen, ha ha. I "used" to enjoy doing the laundry - folding all the cute little girl's clothes but now it is just towels and sheets... not as much fun. The joy I get is when it is all DONE! I love looking at the empty laundry bins (maybe for a day!). When we moved into our house the previous owners had the washer in a room off the kitchen and the dryer in the garage that you had to walk outside in the front yard and in through the large garage door to get to it (really?). The first thing we did was put a stackable where the washer was. But when we added onto our house we put a door into the garage from my office and put the laundry out there. It is nothing like yours. It is in a garage for goodness sakes, but I have a great folding table (my daughter's college apartment kitchen table) and a great utility sink to wash out paint brushes and if the laundry piles up ... I don't have to look at it! There are advantages to anything, right? Great post. By the way, I thought I was following you but guess I wasn't. I am now ;) Love your house!

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  30. I don't want to brag or anything but my husband does all the laundry. I am not a fan of most domestic chores and have figured out a way ( over the last 19 years) to weasel my way out of just about all of them. I love reading about it oddly enough and I think your laundry room is fabulous. It makes me want to show you mine - er his. Yours is way better.

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  31. LOVE your new Laundry room!!!! Gorgeous. I don't hate ours... but it is so tiny, especially compared to yours. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Liz

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  32. Love your laundry room images. You are one lucky girl with that fun little place to do your dirty work. I have a nice-sized laundry room, but it looks nothting like any of these...it's a catch-all room that I wade through to get to my washer and dryer. Thanks for inspiring me to make it something special.

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  33. I love these pics, and your laundry room!!...and your unmatched sock BASKET!! Some friends were just talking about our baskets of unmatched socks the other day! SO funny! :) Ahhhh...the JOY!!!...yeah , right!

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  34. love this post :)

    i personally hate laundry. we don't have a washer or dryer in our apartment so i have to go down the hall to our community ones. :( boo!!! in fact this weekend, i even had one of our neighbors take my clothes out of the washer and leave it on a dirty table! double boo!

    well anyway, enough ab me your laundry room is lovely & i will try to find joy in my laundry time! :) :)

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  35. ...Love your laundry room....I am glad other people have missing socks!...I just wonder where they go?....your baskets are great and how nice to have the laundry shoot!...We can find joy in the every day...Thanks for reminding me...and thanks for dropping by!

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  36. Love your laundry room and I too am glad to hear that others have a basket full of unmatched socks. I think they mate.

    I have a lovely little laundry room on the second floor of my home. It's great that it's on the second floor at that is where 95% of the laundry comes from. It's pretty and it's clean. It could definately be larger so I'd have more folding space, but that is not happening. Regardless, I DO NOT LIKE to do laundry. I try to psych myself into it. I've even thought bout putting a little TV in there, but I honestly don't think it would help. I already added music and that barley helped. It's a never ending and thankless job. But you've got a great laundry room - love the built in baskets.

    - The Tablescaper

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  37. Hi there, I just have to say that I LOVE this post! And I'm also terribly jealous. I should not look at people's laundry rooms. I'm writing a post tomorrow about 'living with the space you have'...because I don't..have space that is. But still, I could get some ideas from your post about how to better use what space I have.

    I love what you said about the joy of laundry! You said it perfectly. :o) I actually wrote a post called "The Lost Art of Fresh Linens" where I talked about this.

    Your son looks like a perfect reason to do clothes and find joy in it. I have three teens at home and thank goodness, two do their own laundry. The 16 yr.old is the baby of the family. Somehow, he isn't quite 'taking' to the idea of managing his own laundry. Ha!

    Great post!
    xo
    Donna @ Comin' Home

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  38. Of the many parts of a home I find myself envying a laundry room is always one of them. Love your laundry room!

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  39. Mary Ann, I thought the rest of you home was beautiful but you even know how to make doing laundry look elegant!

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  40. Mary Ann,

    I'm just dropping by to wish you a very blessed week!

    Take care, sweetie!

    xo


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

    Post of the Day" Well Designed kitchens.

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  41. What beautiful laundry rooms you've shown today. Thanks for sharing these blues.

    Happy Blue Monday.

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  42. I can see it is a pleasure to do the laundry in such a lovely room. So well organized. Happy Blue Monday.

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  43. I love your laundry room and your friends laundry room too. I think I would still hate doing laundry. It just gets done and then the whole thing starts all over again.
    I would have to say though, if I had room to turn around in my laundry room I probably wouldn't dislike it as much.

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  44. Salut Mary Ann, this is a lovely post and one that really makes me want to have a laundry room... However, I'd have to either become a millionaire to have one in London or move to the country... I'll let you know which one it is ;-) Have a lovely week, Love from London xo

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  45. neat!
    smiles.

    keep up the excellence.

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  46. I think this room would make laundry not so bad. It is beautiful. love the bar above the dryer, so smart.

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  47. What a beautiful laundry room -- mine would need some serious work to look that nice :-)

    Happy Blue Monday!

    Marie
    bonkersinbarnhart.com

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  48. I want your laundry room... seriously!!! Ours is a passthrough from the garage and has NO STORAGE - agh!!
    Yours incorporates so many great ideas in a very stylish package.. I definitely have laundry room envy!!

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  49. Beautiful laundry room.
    My home was originally built in 1865, so we have no basement, and therefore very little options on where to put the washer and dryer.
    As a result of this, they are in my kitchen in 2 of the lower cupboards.
    I hate that it takes up valuable space in the kitchen, and would love to have an actual laundry room.
    It is handy to be able to cook/bake and do some folding though.

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  50. I love your laundry room! I think that having hangers there to hang up clothes as they come out of the dryer is brilliant.. never thought of that! I'm following you now too!
    x
    Jane

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  51. Even your laundry room is gorgeous??? You're killing me. And making me want to take the sawz-all to my master closet and create a laundry shoot!!

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  52. I just tucked these lovely images away for a better laundry experience. Is that an oxymoron? Thanks for sharing:) You son is very , very handsome ( for my daughter ,not me)

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  53. So beautiful!! We have a laundry "closet." :-)

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  54. It is time for me to come out of the closet...literally! I love doing laundry. There! I said it. I love making my dirty clothes clean and new again. I love to iron and starch and I like putting chemicals in the wash to soak and whiten and sanitize. I don't mind doing laundry at all and you could say that I love doing my laundry. Cooking? That's different - I hate to cook. Hate it!

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  55. Great attitude, beautiful laundry spaces! I'm looking forward to the day when I can fix up the dark scary corner of my basement into something enjoyable!

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  56. Well, I've decided to throw all the socks away. With 3 sons, 2 of them teens, and a hubs, the socks get worn out pretty quick. They are all going to the garbage today. My men will wake up tomorrow and wonder where all their holey socks went. I just love those 8 feet that wear those socks out!

    Beautiful laundry room and thanks for the tips! I love the beautiful basket that hides the mismatched socks.

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  57. Inspiring and beautiful. I wish that I had even 1/4 of your eye for design! We recently discovered just how many unmatched socks we have- they filled a laundry basket (yikes!!)

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