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Is anyone else stuck with their washer/dryer in the basement? We live in a two story house and are constantly running up and down to do laundry, put it away, get clothes, etc. There is a place in our house that could be converted to laundry but my dh is SO against it. I hate basements. They are dreary and dark. Our house is 100 yrs old so our basement walls can't be painted or anything. The ceiling are low.<br><br>
Excuse my pity party, I'm really frustrated right now.
 

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. . . and laundry is already such a dreary task, I know.<br><br>
The funnest things I've been able to get in the laundry room are this brightly painted hand drum I hung up on the wall and a cute bright-colored clock & I was shocked how much cheerier they made it. But yeah, it's a difficult space. Put in some more lights if you can - hang some string lights maybe? And a nice picture or something?
 

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My laundry area is in the garage. Talk about cold and yucky and so crowded with DH's crap there is no room to walk in there.<br><br>
Maybe you could hang up some nice pictures and put more light in the space.
 

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Our laundry room is in the basement, as well. It's not TOO bad for us, because our office and playroom are also down there, so at least I always have some company while I clean.<br><br>
However, I have decided that when we do build a house, the laundry room MUST be on the same level as the bedrooms. It also must be finished as nicely as the kitchen, with a big sunny window. I spend so much time in there, that I want it to be wonderful. I'm so tired of laundry rooms that are stuck in a house almost as an afterthought, in the most unpleasant location possible.
 

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Our laudnry room is in the basement as well. We have a finished basement though, so really it's just another floor of our house.<br><br>
The best thing we've done is put a basket at the top of the stairs. Anything going downstairs is put in the basket daily. Usually it's clothes from the previous night, some recycling, napkins from dinner, etc. Next time I go downstairs for something, the basket goes with me and comes back upstairs empty. This method has been working great for us for three weeks now.<br><br>
A friend just bought a house where the laundry is on the second floor near the bedrooms. I never thought about how EASY that must be till I heard of the idea.<br><br>
Also, another friend, when I told her about our basket, share with me that her parents has a house like ours growing up, and they actually cut a chute hole in the floor of their kitchen. Toss it down the chute, and you're all done till you need to sort. Neat idea, but I'd never do it.
 

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I'd never do it either. I think they are dangerous for kids. When I was younger I saw an episode of a Rescue 911 show about this and I have disliked them ever since. I also knew a family who had one, and all it did for them was create a mountain of laundry on their basement floor mixed with toys and clean clothes. They never got around to doing the laundry so they had way too many clothes and linens to make up for that.
 

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We have some friends who lived in their basement while they built their house above. The wooden beams were exposed so they could put nails in them. They then used sheets with grommets in them to separate off spaces when appropriate. Could you do something similar with either pretty fabric or bedsheets hung up surrounding at least the old stone/masonry walls? Whatever light you do have would then seem brighter if you used light colored fabric. Hang it in a way that it would be taken down and washed and you'll have a whole new space! Good luck - our laundry is in our dank basement and I hate it!
 

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Is the floor paintable? We did ours a fun, bright color with floor paint and it has made all the difference in the world. Its still easy to sweep and brings a smile when I'm down there.<br><br>
I also 2nd the hanging sheet idea. We have the walls covered dark cheap paneling (put in before us), but when we painted most of the paneling white, that helped also.<br><br>
As for all the running up and down, its helped me to tackle all laundry business just twice a day. First thing in the morning I collect everything dirty from the day before, including rags, but not dipes. I take it down then, start the washer, sort out any white/specials, but then wash everything else in one load (usually a large for us). Then I take the dry clothes off our drying rack, or the dryer, and sort them into baskets for each bedroom. One is usually full, and it goes up stairs to put away (all in one room, which is so much quicker). Sometime later, I come back down to put the load on the drying rack or in the dryer, where they stay till the next a.m.<br><br>
Somedays, I skip reg clothes and do sheets/towels or dipes. Eitherway, I'm almost always on top of it, and not making a ton of trips. Its taken awhile to get into this groove, but I like that all clothes get washed right away, and each room has a fully stocked closet/dresser every 3 days. Plus, I'm not always down there. Wow-Does that makes any sense??<br><br>
Good luck - I'm right there with you on wanting a laundry room somewhere else! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Also, another friend, when I told her about our basket, share with me that her parents has a house like ours growing up, and they actually cut a chute hole in the floor of their kitchen. Toss it down the chute, and you're all done till you need to sort. Neat idea, but I'd never do it.</div>
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Our laundry room is in the basement, right at the bottom of the stairs. The previous owners had cats, and they cut a pet-door in the basement door. It's perfect for throwing laundry into! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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