Room by room: Laundry

The Laundry

What is your laundry like?

Mine is a small, tiny, shoe box size unattractive space that I don't really like but it does it's job and as someone said on my Facebook page "it could be worse" and that is so true.  Even though my laundry has many faults, I have tried to make it look as attractive as possible. The walls are bright yellow (to add cheerfulness) and I have added some art to the walls. On the door leading to the laundry I have added a sign to make it a little more "fun"!! It is a work in progress and with some time and money, it could be improved.


My laundry doesn't look like any of the pictures below - these look like fabulous laundries but I am unlikely to ever have one like this. But whilst I will never have one like these, they do contain some very good ideas that I could use for my tiny space. 


We all need a place to wash clothes, however not everyone has a laundry. My friend Cathy has her front loading washing machine/drier in her kitchen underneath her central counter. Others have their's in a cupboard, sometimes in the hallway. Others have a room separate from the house. Mine is near the back door, just off the kitchen.

The laundry is a place for washing clothes. I have a washing machine and a dead clothes drier. The latter is about to be ditched and not replaced as we hardly ever use it. I have a sink where I do hand washing and I still use my son's nappy bucket - now 27 years old and going strong.

I do not iron in my laundry as I simply don't have the space. The dirty washing is in a basket in the bathroom. My laundry is also used for hanging coats and storing all sorts of oddments that my husband brings inside from the shed! There are many uses for the laundry depending on space. But regardless of its many uses, it can be an attractive space.

So how can you brighten up a boring room without spending big dollars:

  • Paint the walls with bright paint or wallpaper to make it cheery
  • All fun posters, signs, murals, whimsical artwork or wall decals
  • Find brightly coloured baskets
  • Find some interesting glass jars for storage
  • Add some interesting tiles
  • Pretty curtains always lift a room
  • Interesting shelving and hooks
  • Give it a theme, i.e. beach theme
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Here are some other ideas to brighten up the space. I particularly like the "lost sock" idea as it adds some fun to the room. 



If I don't do the laundry today, 
I'm gonna have to buy new clothes tomorrow. 

(Anna Paquin)

And to be honest, I am not complaining about my small space - it is WAY better than the days of laundries done like this!!


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  1. I loved the lost sock décor, such a simple but good idea.

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  2. those laundry rooms above are just awesome. I like them.

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  3. My laundry is definitely a work in progress. We're in the process of building built-in-cupboard space, and waiting for that to be done before we're able to finally paint the laundry and finish tiling the floor - I've chosen a lovely bright colour to paint the laundry to make it cheerful and bright as it's in a rather dark corner of the house. I'm really looking forward to having it all done, but it will take some time yet!

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    1. I need someone very strong to take down the drier (that no longer works) and someone (dear hubby) to repaint and re-tile and I am sure it would look so much better :) Looking forward to seeing what you have done with your laundry space :)

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    2. We're hoping (Lord willing) to work on the laundry over the long weekend, so hopefully it will be nearer to being done when you see it! :)

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  4. That laundry inspiration is amazing!! Seriously, do people really have laundry rooms that look like that?

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    1. I am yet to really find a room that looks that good, but if you go onto Pinterest some of the laundries are AMAZING!!!!! They must have big houses :))

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  5. I love those pics of ideas for the laundry room! For 3 years I did our laundry on a small washboard and line dried them year round. It wasn't my favorite time to say the least, but it sure make me appreciate our washer and dryer now. :) We don't have a set up for a line where we are now, but maybe soon.

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    1. It would certainly make you appreciate the washing machine and dryer it you were doing it by hand:)) I dry most of my clothes outside, but here in Australia the washing dries quite quickly.

      Thankyou for stopping by:)

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  6. Thanks for this post Jo, those pictures are great but not always possible. I have a small laundry but it still fits a washing machine, 2 freezers and boxes for the childrens clothes. I sort the clothes and they put them away. I especially like the lost sock peg board, mine would have to be huge :-). Thank you for sharing this at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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    1. My chest freezer is in my kitchen as the laundry is so small - but it all works, but may not look glamour!!

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  7. Loving this series Jo! I just did a laundry post today too so great minds must think alike ;) I will be pinning this to my laundry room board. Thank you for sharing it on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

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    1. Do love those pretty pegs you have one your post - my son and husband (who sometimes hang out the washing and take it off the line) wouldn't take the necessary care with them - my son is great at putting more on the garden than in the peg basket!!

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  8. I loved the ideas and inspiration on here. What beautiful work areas for doing laundry.... I have just a tiny space... holds the washer and dryer w/ shelves above.... but I am thankful. :)

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    1. Your laundry sounds about the size of mine!!!

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  9. Love this light hearted post. The sunny yellow color is very bright and cheerful. (a plus in the laundry room) Our washer and dryer are in the garage. This is a common practice, we found, when we moved to the Northwest since the winters are so mild. But we are thankful for them all the same. Thanks for sharing these cute ideas !!!

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    1. I love sunny yellow and have it in other parts of my house, not only the laundry!! We use to our drier occasionally, but not enough to justify buying another one since this one has died. The wind can do the same job and its cheaper!!

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  10. I don't have a big laundry room. There's room for my washer and dryer, storage shelves. My husband painted it yellow and built a folding rack on the wall. It's simple, but it works. Thanks for sharing on Small Victories Sunday link up.

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