Saturday, March 31, 2012

Scheming about laundry.

I'm always thinking of ways to make life around our cottage a little more efficient.  Presently I have my eye on laundry.  Laundry is something that always has to be done.  It's a huge part of life as a mom.  And where are our laundry machines? In the basement.  That means hauling all our clothes downstairs to wash/dry them, and hauling them back up when it's done. Not efficient.  Many nights after the kids have been tucked in I think I'd love to do a quick load of laundry, but the thought of putting on shoes and going down into the depths below the cottage is just too much, and so the laundry piles up.  And when it's out of sight, it's out of mind.  But that doesn't mean I can ignore the laundry forever. So I've been really scheming about what to do about this.  I was thinking, why not bring the washer and dryer upstairs?  But then the problem is, where do we put it? The kitchen would be the best choice, but there's just no space.  Our bedroom is out for lack of space (our bed pretty much takes up the entire room), the baby room is reserved for future snoozers (hopefully for a Gianna sleepover soon!), so that leaves the living room.  How would our double-decker washer-dryer look in the corner of our living room?  Hmmm.... I guess my answer is, I really don't care. It would be lovely to be able to do laundry in the living room.  And I'm a gal who loves the hum of household appliances. I sometimes wait until nighttime to run the dishwasher so I can sit and read and hear it swishing away in the background.  I would welcome the sounds of laundry upstairs.  I figure we could put some tiles underneath it, vent it to the outside, hook up the electricity & plumbing, and we'd be in business. I started broaching the subject with Christopher this weekend and I offered (I think in his mind I threatened) to call a plumber and an electrician, but he said he could probably do it himself.   I hope he means he could probably do it himself relatively soon, because when I get a house idea, I'm a dog with a bone.  What do you think of my idea?  Mom, I know you hate it. How about everyone else?  Thoughts?


  1. I don't hate it. It's great to have the washer/dryer out of the basement. When you and Mark were little, I LOVED having the drying on the first floor. (I still like's running right now.) I've even seen homes with it on the second floor with the reasoning being all the laundry comes from the bedrooms anyway so why tote it up and down. The downside is the potential for water damage to your floors and basement ceiling when it leaks as mine did and I didn't even know it until JP said the ceiling's falling down in the basement. It was a small leak so it didn't show, but over time it soaked the ceiling. Things to consider, but the convenience is great. Love you.

  2. Hmmmm... that actually is a good point. I guess we would have to make sure the floor can hold it. Lots to think about...