The Laundry Room

I’m a mother. I do a lot of laundry. Probably about 7 loads a week. I think about laundry rooms a lot.

In the past 5 years, I have had a few different set ups for laundry:

Mom and Dad’s: The laundry room I grew up with. Totally comfortable with it. The washer and dryer aren’t side by side, but rather across from each other. A simple twist of the body and you are able to get the wet stuff into the dryer. Also, there was a laundry sink to put random things and get them off the floor or do some pre-rinsing when necessary.

Victoria Rental #1: This house was a 100-year old suited Victorian, and all three suites had shared laundry in the basement, down some dingy outdoor steps. My apartment was on the top floor, so I had to go down my stairs, out the front door, around the back of the house, and down the back steps into the laundry room. Not ideal in wet weather, or when I go down 5 minutes before the washer is actually done. The nice thing about this set up though, was that the dryer was to the right of the washer. Dryer hinges seem to be only on the right side, so when the washer is on the left, the door opens away from the washer. Makes it easy for transport between the two.
I am glad I no longer have to go outdoors to do laundry now that I do it three times a week, rather than once every week and a half.

Victoria Rental #2: In this suburban home, we rented a basement suit that had laundry hookups on the inside, but the owner decided to build a lean-to on the outside to house the washer and dryer so it can be shared with the upstairs. This wasn’t so much of a big deal since the door was directly beside our front door so I barely needed to step outside. However the dryer was on the left so the two unit doors opened towards each other requiring a little more work to get things in and out. Also, this washer was front loading which was not fun for taking little baby things and diapers out of. So much bending over! And the dryer made a loud banging sound which was not so great since the lean-to had a window into Calvin’s room. Not ideal for nap time.

Edmonton Rental: Now this set up is a little strange. We rent the top floor of a bungalow. The laundry is downstairs in the basement in an unfinished corner. No big deal, right? Except for the fact that I have to walk through the entire basement suite (where there are other renters) . That means that somebody down there needs to be home in order for me to do laundry. It actually hasn’t turned out to be that bad. They are easy going and somebody is almost always there. But once again, the dryer is on the left. Does this bother anybody else, or am I the only one?! The nice thing about the washer, though, is that it is a top loader. So much easier! When we first moved here, the washer was super old, and you had to manually turn the water taps to change the load temperature. But then it broke down so we got a new one! Very thankful for that. This laundry room also has a laundry sink, but the washer drains into it, so you can’t really do anything in it. Once I found that my sock had come out through the hose and plugged the sink! Now I know where the missing socks are going to!

So in all my experiences, I have come up with a list of what my ideal laundry room would include:
– Side by side washer and dryer with the doors opening away from eachother (I do not have any experience with stacked laundry…anybody?)
– In my own suite!  Oh, the freedom of being able to do laundry whenever I wanted!
– in a finished room; unfinished rooms feel dirty and I don’t want to do laundry in a dirty room
– top loading washer
– a usable sink
– a folding area/place to put baskets
– a place to hang dry diapers and other items

Here are a couple of photos of good laundry room ideas (thank you, Pinterest):

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So those are my thoughts on laundry rooms. What kind of set up works for you and preferences?



7 thoughts on “The Laundry Room

  1. Jenny

    Our crazy setup is a top-loading, folding lid washer (that looks like a big bread maker) under a front loading dryer in our entry closet. The dryer vents INTO the house, so we have to run a large portable dehumidifier for every load (or open windows in good weather) and it still feels like Costa Rica in here. Walls and windows sometimes get steamy. I use the ironing board to fold and hang clothes on hangers on the backs of the dining chairs or door hooks. Ideal laundry room? My dreams are simple at this point: NOT in a closet or main part of the home, appliances that function well, room to fold and sort, NO HUMDITY!!! Lol.

    PS: Any improvement on the utilities front?

  2. Anna

    I don’t understand front loading washing machines! The inlaws have one but I’ve heard that over filling them can break them. I like top loaders because if the lid closes, you’re usually okay.

    It’s realllly nice having laundry just steps away from the living space. It makes the inevitable semi-dressed dash to find clothes less awkward than your situation.

  3. Stacey

    I like the picture you posted with the baskets in a shelf. Our current laundry room is unfinished, which I don’t like, but I do have a top loader that works well, and the dryer is on the right, so everything works well together. In the house we are moving to, the laundry is in a large closet in the main floor bathroom. There is lots of storage above the machines, but I don’t think there is any beside or in front, so I will have to figure out a new way of sorting/doing laundry so my bathroom floor isn’t covered in dirty clothes!

    1. Larissa Sevenhuysen Post author

      Growing up we didn’t have a lot of floor space in our laundry room for sorting either, since it is also the mud room, but every Monday morning we kids were responsible for bringing our laundry down to the family room and throwing it into colour piles. From there I’m sure it went into baskets to wait for its turn in the washer.

  4. Heather

    I had mine stacked in our old house. I really liked it. I seem to drop a lot of stuff on the floor when transferring from washer to dryer, and having it stacked really helped. I would put a basket on the floor in front of the washer, so if anything fell when I was tossing it up into the dryer, it fell into the basket, instead of onto the floor.

  5. Arlene

    We vented our dryer to the inside in winter while living in Hudson’s Hope because the air was super dry and it added some nice smelling humidity!


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