I think mothers of many small children will definitely get where I’m coming from when I say that my dream come true is not a fancy house, or a vacation, or winning American Idol. No, no….it’s much simpler than that.
It’s an upstairs laundry room.
Since having children, I’ve never had one. In every house we’ve lived in as a family, I’ve had to haul heavy baskets of dirty clothes down to the basement to wash them. When it was just me, my husband, and Bee, I didn’t really mind it that much. But, as the years have passed, we’ve added 2 more children, and I broke my ankle. This changes everything. Not only are there a lot more clothes to haul, but I practically endanger my life every time I have to teeter down a flight of stairs on my now weak and wobbly ankle, while carrying an overflowing basket which prevents me from seeing my feet.
Yesterday, work that will make our lives so much easier began. We’re very fortunate to have an extra-deep attached garage (presumably to accommodate 70s-era boat-like cars), so we hired the same crew that built the girls’ basement bedrooms to raise the floor, and frame up the back part of the garage for a laundry/mud room.
Currently, we have a series of hooks and a basket for shoes, right inside the garage door, which is where we typically enter the house.
The door coming into the kitchen will be removed, and the doorway will be opened up. The exterior door going out to the garage will be replaced with an interior door leading to the laundry room. The floor joists are in place now, so you can see what the layout will be like.
Right now, when the girls get off the school bus, they come up the hill and through our sliding door in the dining room. This doesn’t work very well, because they have to walk all the way through the kitchen to hang up their stuff, and they track snow, salt, dirt, and sand all over the wood floors. When the laundry room is done, they will instead use this garage entrance door on our back patio, which is right next to the door that goes from the garage into the house.
We’re having school locker-sized cubbies built in the corner by the door, so as soon as they come in they can hang up all their stuff, and take off their shoes/boots before they come into the house. This will make it so much easier to keep the house clean and organized.
The plumbing and heating/cooling ductwork is being done today, and in a couple of months, this room will be a reality. What I love best about this project, and also the girls’ bedroom project, is that we don’t have to go through all the hard work, stress, and expense of moving to a bigger house, or even adding on to this house. Instead, we’re simply making better use of the space we already have, which is kind of what this blog is all about (my husband sometimes says that I should’ve called it “USE What You Have”).
When these projects are complete, daily life is going to be quite different – in a good way. As my husband said to me this morning, “There are going to be some big changes around here this year, sweetheart. Big changes.”[print-me/]