Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Laundry Day - The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

It's laundry day, hooray! Said no one ever. I hate doing laundry. Perhaps it's the 10+ years of working at the GAP and having to fold endlessly. I put laundry day off until I have to absolutely do it. The good thing is I have a stacking washer and dryer in my apartment. A true luxury in New York city. A lot of people have to go to a laundromat. Ugh. So I guess I shouldn't complain.

The above photo is what most people think of as a "dream laundry room".  I know when I lived in St. Paul and had my laundry room in our basement, this is what I would have loved. Clean, organized, bright. You want to be in there pre-treating stains, folding, and pressing shirts. Reality is shown below!

Dark, dingy, and a hot mess. The dank smell of the floor drain wafting into the room. Bad florescent light. A messy slop sink spattered with paint. Simply ugly and gross. Some easy fixes - clean it up. Paint a brighter, happier color. Get shelving, baskets, etc. to keep things organized. Use the top photo as inspiration and motivation.

Our washer and dryer are in a small closet in our apartment. they are Bosch, and work great. The dryer is electric, and non-vented, so it blows hot air into our apartment. This is great in the winter - the summer, not so great. Plus it take about 2 hours to dry one load. The washer sounds like a jet engine when it's in the spin cycle. It's loud, but I'm not complaining!

What does your dream laundry room look like? How can you improve what you have now?

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