Wow. There really is a floor in the laundry room. A nice tile one… You would never have known it by the way that room has looked for, oh, the last three years. It’s one of those rooms that the door stays shut on and that nobody, I mean NOBODY, ever sees. Am I the only slacker with one of those rooms? Surely not.
It was not a very functional room, either, before the Mister replaced the door with a bi-fold one. There is a pretty big utility sink in there and there are cabinets and everything, but it’s just not a big room, by any means. I thought it was huge when we bought the house… We had a ninety year old house before and laundry rooms, and closets, were hard to come by in those days… So, coming from somewhere that had a stack unit in a closet, this laundry room was enormous.
Until the freezer arrived… The biggest freezer known to man… To take up what little extra space my little laundry room had. It was a house warming gift from my mother-in-law… She insisted. We told her, repeatedly, that we didn’t need it, or certainly didn’t need one that big. We thought it was over until the doorbell rang and it was the delivery guy. I have no idea how that guy got it in. Seriously. It took him all afternoon to wedge it into the place he had to put it. And there is barely room enough to slip a piece of paper between it and the counter on one side and the wall on the other. No joke. It was a good gift, and she meant well, and it stays full of her stuff, so a great buy for her.
Anyway, the old door opened into the room, and onto the sink. And the washer and dryer take up the right side, under the cabinets. On the left side of the room are the sink and the freezer. The room is just small enough that if you put a laundry basket or anything in there, you have to move it to either open the dryer or open the freezer… There is nowhere to fold. And, to use the sink, you have go in and close the door behind you. But, if you have more than one or two laundry baskets (or the Mt. Everest of laundry on the floor) you can’t even open the door all the way. It’s a matchbox. My next house will have a monster of a laundry room, I assure you.
The bi-fold door solves most of the problems! Genius idea on my part. Mister Engineer didn’t even come up with that one. You can open it and walk in and use the entire space. Voila! Problem solved. Now, if the Mister will just fix the sheet rock where he ripped out the door frame and paint the whole sha-bang, it will look fab. Seeing as how the new door sat in the garage for a year, and we’ve had no door frame for almost as long, I’m not counting on it any time soon. Maybe I better have a party, that always makes us get our asses in gear and start crossing stuff off the list… (Or a repairman… And you thought I was just that motivated…)
So, I spent the E.N.T.I.R.E. day doing laundry yesterday. It’s still all over my den. My goal today is to get it all finished. And, then sit down and do nothing for the rest of the week. I’ve accomplished enough to satisfy my housework quota for the week, I think. Apart from the daily maintenance crap.
But, I blew up my vacuum cleaner yesterday… It was fairly new and a pretty nice one. I think my kids are just so messy that it couldn’t hang with all the shredded paper, plastic, ribbons and dried bits of gumball sized play-doh… I think the Mister was secretly excited. When I emailed him asking “if the vacuum cleaner produced enough smoke to fill this side of the house, do you think it’s broken?” His reply was “Yes. I guess I can now go buy a Dyson.” I refused him the Dyson when we bought this one last year. I think he will just scrap it without even bothering to see what’s wrong… He better go buy it today. There is a baby that crawls all over these floors and I may go crazy chasing after him and picking little crap up off the floor that is in his path. Avery must have crumbled handfuls of “daddy crackers” at a time (aka, saltines) yesterday and she did an art project that included ten thousand little circles of tissue paper, which 9,000 of wound up on the floor.
Maybe Baby Henry and I will just go hang out in the laundry room. I can take the laptop and he can crawl in circles on the clean floor. Sounds like a fine idea to me…