When we first moved into our house, I felt so lucky to not have to haul my laundry across a complex with a pocket full of quarters and a book to read while I waited for everything.
Sure, you could leave your stuff in the laundry room, but there was a risk an impatient neighbor would toss it all on that icky table if you didn’t show up the second the wash cycle completed. And leaving things in the dryer risked having them tossed half dry and wrinkled in a pile. I studied for many a college exam in that laundry room.
In our house, we got our own washer and dryer. No more quarters! No more babysitting the laundry. The only problem? Our dryer hookup was in the garage. So for the last 7 or 8 years, whether it was 10 degrees or 110 degrees, we had to take our clean clothes from the indoor washer to the garage. Not remotely the worst thing in the world, obvi, but no fun when you forgot to do laundry until 10 p.m. on a school night.
As of this week, we officially have a proper laundry closet. Yay! Our expert handyman used some old scrap wood from our garage to make the shelving. All it needed was a couple coats of paint. Before his good work, we had a giant stackable shelf thing squeezed in next to the washer with things inelegantly piled on the shelves. It wasn’t especially functional.
Now everything has a home and I can easily reach the things we use regularly. The higher shelf is perfect for the things we don’t need to access as often. Coming soon: A metal rod above the dryer to hang things that can’t be put in the dryer. Slowly but surely, we are making our house work better. It’s amazing what a difference a few small changes can make.
What’s your next renovation project?