Okay, I admit it. My laundry, while a decent size, is a long dark hole. And, because it’s a long, dark hole, taking a photo for this post is problematic! When building our new house, after the fire that destroyed our old house, reading architectural plans isn’t a talent I possess. Our laundry room looked just fine on paper, but if I had to do it all over again, I’d make a few changes.
What would I change? Here’s a list:
- The width of our laundry room. It’s long and narrow and while Charlie can get in it with his scooter, he can’t turn around. He has to back up. Since he does the laundry in our family (yep; I’m lucky like that!), I’d make sure the laundry room was a good size so that he could handle it easier.
- I’d add a larger window. The window in our current laundry is small. It’s about 18″ x 24″ inches, lengthwise. And, it’s on the north side of the house. So, the room tends to be dark, even with overhead lighting! Makes it hard to see the spots when pre-treating laundry!
- I’d add a closet inside the laundry room to store our long-handled cleaning implements, like our vacuum cleaner, broom, mop, ironing board, etc. Instead, we have to store our long-handled cleaning supplies in our hall closet. Needless to say, we don’t put coats, etc. in our hall closet!
- I’d put some kind of rod (probably inside the closet I don’t have) up so that clothes could drip dry. The clothes and things we drip dry, we do out in our garage because we don’t have a space in our decent-sized laundry room.
So, while I would normally share some sort my picture from my life in this blog post, today you are just getting a graphic!
For those new visitors to our blog, I create lists of 42 for household inventory purposes. I include a FREE printable list at the end of each of these lists of 42 posts. I do this because we lost our home in a fire and recreating a household inventory list for insurance claim purposes was a difficult process. My hope is that readers will find these lists useful and/or share them with people they know who have had a catastrophic loss. I encourage you to pin them to your Pinterest boards for easy reference!
If you missed the story about the loss of our home in the 2007 Southern California wildfires, here’s a link to the first of the series: Any Way the Wind Blows. You can also find all my posts on Emergency Planning and Preparedness on our Archives – By Category page.
Anyway, here are 42 Things in Your Laundry Room that you may already have right now:
- Washer and dryer pedestals
- Washer and dryer covers
- Laundry cart
- Laundry hamper
- Drying rack
- Laundry bin sorter
- Laundry basket(s)
- Over door hanger, organizer
- Folding clothes caddy
- Rolling caddy
- Wall-mounted shelves (wire or wood)
- Storage tower
- Ball cap washer
- Mesh wash bags
- Sneaker washer and dryer bag
- Curtains, shades, valance, blinds
- Hanging rods and brackets
- Lighting and light bulbs
- Clothesline, clothes pins
- Clothesline pulleys, spreaders
- Lint roller, lint comb, lint brush
- Throw rug, area rug, floor mat
- Sweater dryer
- Wall mounted baskets
- Laundry soup
- Laundry pre-treat and stain remover
- Fabric softener, dryer sheets
- Storage baskets, bins, boxes
- Storage canisters
- Photos, artwork, posters
- Decorative décor
- Ironing board
- Fabric finish and spray starch
- Dryer lint brush
- Table, chair(s), stool(s)
- Hand soap, paper towels
- Trash can
I have a microwave in my laundry room! Yep – a microwave! It’s a long story for another time, but just to point out that your laundry doesn’t always have just stuff associated with a laundry room!
I also want to point out that I didn’t include a sink, counters, cabinets, etc. in the list above. That’s because, unless these items are free-standing, they are included (for insurance purposes) under the “dwelling” portion of your homeowners insurance policy.
Here’s your FREE printable list of 42 Things in Your Laundry Room: TS4T Checklist – 42 Things in Your Laundry Room
One last thing before I go: I started a new series on Emergency Planning and Preparedness this month. It piggy-backs FEMA’s Resolve to Be Ready 2014 campaign. If you missed that post, Resolve to Be Ready 2014, now’s your chance to catch-up and join me! And, I invite all readers in the insurance industry to share this post and my others with your clients and customers.
If you could remodel and have your dream-come-true laundry room, what would you do? I’d love to hear your ideas because maybe they’d help me with my ideas. Who knows; maybe a laundry room remodel is in my future!
(other lists of 42)
- 42 Kitchen Basics for Your New Home
- 42 Grilling Accessories and Supplies for Outdoor Cooking
- 42 Cooking Essentials for a Well-stocked Kitchen
- 42 Must Have Kitchen Utensils
- 42 Baking Essentials
- 42 Nice-to-Have Kitchen Supplies and Equipment
- 42 Spices to Have on Hand
- 42 Pantry Essentials
- 42 Refrigerator Essentials
- 42 Freezer Essentials
- 42 Nice-to-Have Kitchen Gadgets
- 42 More Nice-to-Have Kitchen Gadgets
- 42 Even More Kitchen Gadgets
- 42 Still Even More Kitchen Gadgets
- 42 Furniture and Fixtures in Your Kitchen
- 42 Thanksgiving Items for Your Home
- 42 Items for Your Holiday Table
- 42 Christmas Decorations and Holiday Items for Your Home
- 42 Party Supplies for Your Next Party
- 42 Cleaning Supplies and Equipment