Our Laundry Room

October 20, 2012 | My Jottings

This is not the clearest picture, but I thought I’d continue with my intermittent tour of our new house, and show you our laundry room. I took about ten pictures of it and none of them turned out great, but it’s not like a sharp photograph of our laundry room is of earth-shattering importance, so I’ll just go with this shot:

Can you believe that this room is literally one foot from our bedroom? So handy! I am very thankful for a main-floor laundry room at this stage of my life.

Lord, I thank you, and my knees thank you.  🙂

The walls were painted by the former owners and are a blend of what I’d call terra cotta and salmon. The aqua counter is a retro-print Formica with the nicest little stainless sink and faucet at one end. I use this sink for hand-washables. I probably wouldn’t have chosen these colors myself, but I’m so carefree in the decorating department these days. If my new house has it, I like it! That’s my philosophy. It makes life a lot easier.

The hardwood flooring is maple. The cabinet doors open up and out, and on one end I keep laundry stuff, and on the other end all my gift wrapping supplies are neatly stored (thanks to Carolyn, who did that for me). I could even do all my gift wrapping in here with such a great, long surface to work on.

When I was growing up in Southern California in the 1960s, most people I knew had their washers and dryers in the garage. In 1981, I moved to Northern Minnesota where most houses have basements, and I learned that most people had their laundry area in their basement. When this house (built in 1948) was extensively remodeled by the former owners, they split the old main-floor master bedroom and converted it into an office and a laundry room. Then they built a huge new master bedroom over the garage. Click here if you’d like to see how huge the master bedroom is, and if you promise not to judge.

I’ll post more pictures of other rooms in our new house soon. Today, because I’ll be tending to laundry, I’ve been telling the Lord how grateful I am for this laundry room.

Is there anything you’ve thanked God for today? I would love to know, and if you share I will give thanks with you!

Thank you for making time to stop by my little spot on the web….


  1. Kay in UK says:

    Your home is so very neat and tidy, Julie! I’m impressed, envious and amazed! How do you manage to keep everything so perfect with all your other time-consuming responsibilities?
    Today I’ve thanked God for a lovely family visit with my son and daughter-in-law and grandchildren. As you know, things haven’t always been brilliant with the DIL, however gradually things are getting much better. And I got to feed baby Samuel with his bottle …. wonderful! Another lovely thing today – the weather has been glorious. A golden, crisp, bright autumn day.

  2. Just Julie says:

    Kay, the laundry room is pretty easy to keep neat since no one goes in there except me. Other parts of the house are much more challenging to keep up with!

    I am giving thanks with you for a good family visit…thank you for sharing what you did, dear friend. Xxoo

  3. Ganeida says:

    When we built I wanted my washing machine in my bathroom. Take it off, shove it in, press a few buttons & hey presto! We use an outdoor line so I fold as I take stuff off & it goes straight to the owners rooms. I don’t iron so don’t really need a whole room for laundry. So nice to sticky~beak through your new home! 🙂

  4. Just Julie says:

    I think the bathroom would be great too, Ganeida – very convenient! I see places (mostly the UK?) where the washing machine seems to be in the kitchen and I am not sure I understand that line of thinking. Maybe someone can enlighten me. 🙂 Have a wonderful week…. xxoo

  5. Ganeida says:

    Airing cupboard over the stove ~ or a drying line. Used to be more common when people had wood stoves & the kitchen was the warmest room in the house ~ or the only room. Plus plumbing considerations; all the pipes go to one spot. Cheaper. May be wrong but we had a laundry off the Kitchen in Sydney so it doesn’t strike me as all that odd.

  6. Kay in UK says:

    Hello again, Julie. In answer to your question about UK kitchens and washing machines:-
    1) UK electrical regulations forbid the use of items in bathrooms that need to be plugged in. This includes washing machines, tumble-dryers, hairdryers etc. Electric showers are permitted because they are permanently wired into the electrical system. Lights and electric heaters are allowed, as long as they are out of reach and operated using a pull-cord only. Electric shavers are used only if an authorised shaver socket is in the bathroom. (Anyway, the majority of UK bathrooms don’t have enough room to house a washing machine. We don’t even have bath in our home, just two showers. We’re hoping to fix that next year by moving the hot water tank from the family bathroom into the loft. Then we will have a bath installed – hurray!)
    2) Most UK homes do not have utility/laundry rooms and therefore the next best place for a washing machine would be the kitchen because of the water supply/drainage system.
    The vast majority of new homes being built here are very, very small compared to American homes. Living on a island has its limitations!

  7. Just Julie says:

    Ganeida and Kay – thank you both for answering my questions about how things are done in the UK and Australia! I do know that our homes in America are unnecessarily large. 🙁

    Have a blessed week you two… xxoo

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