Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Laundry Room Updated with a Drying Station is Loads of Fun!

With a few small projects we were able to improve the functionality of our laundry room.  We removed a wallpaper boarder, painted, rearranged cabinets, and added a clothing drying station.

The title of this post was stolen from the sign that now hangs in our laundry room.  Gotta love a little ironic humor when you're spending yet another Saturday knee-deep in towels, sheets, and jammies.

Laundry Room Drying Station
A friend of mine sells these Life Expression signs.  Hosting make-and-take parties has become a bit of a hobby for the rest of my circle of mom friends.

The irony of the title of this post also lies in the "fun" Mike was having when I was painting this sign at a friend's party several months ago.  He spent that same afternoon caring for our kiddos and turning this:

Laundry Room Drying Station
Not so bad, but not functional for us.
into this:

Laundry Room Drying Station
Not super exciting, but it works for us.
He took down the adorable sock border (okay, if this was 1995, I would probably like it...but it's not) and painted before we moved in.  Still, the hook-ups for the washer and dryer needed to be switched so their doors would open away from each other allowing laundry to be moved along easily.  Since the doors of those dang front-loading washers need to be kept open when not in use to prevent that mildew smell (regretting my choice to take that on now--oh, well), having the washer against that wall also keeps the walkway clear of that usually open door.

We also needed a space to hang-dry clothes, so Mike took out the two single cabinets, shifted the two double ones all the way down to the left wall, and hung a bar in the remaining space over the sink.

Laundry Room Drying Station

Laundry Room Drying Station

The space is small, but the drying station and new cabinet arrangement is working well for us now.  

I mean, the room doesn't fold our socks or anything, but it'll do.

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