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An Update + Dream Laundry and Joint Closet

August 20, 2013  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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As you may have heard, read or gathered–we have had some bumps in our road–mainly we have yet to receive the money for the sale of our house and it all comes down to today.  If we don’t receive the money today, then we will lose our new house. And if we do, we can move in!  It seems so simple and black and white.  And unfortunately, it is out of our hands, our buyers’ hands and even their brokers’ hands.
I haven’t been feeling the best, but I’ve managed to see some family that live so close now.  Every time we hang out with Chris’s brother Aaron and his family at their house, Heather (Aaron’s wife) and I always chat, chat, chat and then find some little project to do around their already gorgeous home.  We’ve already tackled their dining room and their music room, but today I just wanted to show you their laundry room + joint closet.  Heather is the most organized person I know and when they built this house, it seems she thought of everything. Every inch is maximized for functionality and practicality and their laundry room upstairs (!!) is one of my favorite examples of that.
The laundry room part of the space has a nook for sorting lights, darks, and linens as well as things like dance clothes, socks, underwear, etc.
I am a complete sucker for a fold out ironing board, and I appreciated the extra space in the wall for storing the iron as well.
The closet houses clothes to be passed down or donated, the vacuum and suitcases which makes complete sense since this room is where all six children (3 boys and 3 girls) store their clothes as well.  The girls dresses also hang in this closet.
Through the laundry area is the joint closet.  I feel like if I had this set-up, I would be so much more inclined to put away the laundry–the hardest part of that horrid task, amiright?!
The three boys have the left side of the closet and the girls have the right.  Seasonal clothes are stored in bins, so things are constantly being rotated throughout the year, as well as down the line as the girls/boys grow.
The window bench houses all the pajamas.  The youngest son has a drawer in the laundry room for his.  And Elsie–cheesin’!
Growing up with 4 sisters, always fighting about clothes, my dad always threatened to put all of our clothes in the same closet–and although at the time I thought I would surely die, I think he was onto something! Would you ever consider putting all of your kids’ clothes in one closet?  Do you have your laundry room on the same floor as your bedrooms? Lucky!

What do you think?

  1. […] and top-to-bottom organized (you saw their dining nook here, their jaw-dropping laundry room here and their music room here) she has been working hard to inject a little more personality and color […]

  2. Steph says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the situation with your house(s)!!! I sure hope that everything goes through, be it at the very last minute! And your stuff is in the new house!!! I’m hoping that they don’t have another buyer and that you don’t have to try and re-sell your old home! Fingers crossed and prayers asked for you!

    As for the laundry room~ who WOULDN’T want such a nice, functional space?

    :)

  3. Hot dang! 6 kids? Well, that woman deserves a laundry room on the same floor as the bedrooms. That’s always been my dream, a second floor laundry room. For some reason, they’re so rare, but they make so much sense. We’ve got a basement set up now, but my husband does the laundry so I probably shouldn’t complain. And our apartment basement had fleas so I really, really can’t complain since we have a lovely, clean house basement now.

  4. Syl says:

    Sorry to read about your hassles and I hope they get resolved for the best, whatever that may be.

    As for the laundry room, great space and well planned. I imagine the kids get their clothes laid out the night before or it must be mayhem in there in the morning!

    My laundry room is much smaller but well planned and on the same level as the master (and one up for the other 2 bedrooms & bath). So, so, soooooooo convenient, I’ll never go back to a ground floor or *shudders* basement laundry room again!. I do a quick tour on my way up to bed every night, dump everything in the baskets in the laundry room and hop in bed. Wash days I start a load on my way down for coffee and go on from there. Wash, dry, and iron in that room, load per load, thenh distribute to the appropriate rooms next time I go downstairs. No more piles of clean clothes wrinkling on the couch ’cause “I’ll fold while watching tv”… That never happened. What *did* happen though was the cats would snuggle in and the dogs would steal clean laundry and take it outside… Yeah, not clean for long!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Wishing for the best for your family.

    Love the idea of a joint closet. We once rented a house where we had wall to wall built in cupboards in the master bedroom and one chest of drawers that housed everyone’s clothing and it was a no brainer to put away laundry and to see who was messing up their cupboard space. Will definitely want to do something similar when we own our own house. So much easier.

    Best wishes,
    Tia

  6. Christie says:

    I said a little prayer for you guys this morning. I hope everything works itself out today.

  7. Amy says:

    Sorry you are going through this hassle, but don’t you think you should retract your statements that you don’t need an attorney to close on a house?? It was ill advice from the beginning.

  8. Good luck with your closing, hope it all works out. Fingers crossed!

  9. Rebecca says:

    Crossing fingers for you. What you are going through really stinks!!

  10. I’m so sorry this is happening to you. I’m praying for good news today. I know when I’m going through something awful my dog always makes me feel a little better. Is Charly around?

  11. I’m crossing my fingers for you guys. Home buying is always so emotional. I’m sending some peace your way : ]

  12. Uuuhg… your situation sounds so stressful! Hopefully, it all goes through and works itself out today!

    That closet/laundry space is just… wow. I have no words! It’s amazing!

  13. Jennifer I. says:

    My fingers and toes are crossed for you! I love this space. Right now I don’t have a laundry room, so that’s on my wish list!

  14. Robyn says:

    Oh my goodness! I feel so bad for you guys. Soon it will all be a memory.

  15. AviLynn says:

    First, I am so sorry about the house situation. I would be livid- regardless of whose ‘fault’ it is. Especially having to move out of state. Its just awful.
    I love this laundry & closet!! I have 4 boys, the two oldest wear the same size & share a room & closet & the little boys each have their own for now. I love this idea. I’ve been in love with the shared closet since seeing the Duggars’ on TV. I was hoping the whole time I was reading this that she had a blog. I love organized big families:)

  16. What an interesting idea with the joint closet. I definitely love that laundry room though! Amazeballs!

  17. Ang says:

    praying for your family today that the money comes through…

  18. Speechless. HOLY COW! What a room!!!!! I have both girls clothes in the same room and it is super handy. What a brilliant idea. Ok, let me pin away now :-)

  19. Wow. Awesome space. We’ve been toying with the idea of moving our washer and dryer upstairs. Love the beaded cabinets. Nice.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Oh. Emm. Gee.
    If I could build my dream home, I would include a room just like this one! It is perfection!!! Sue

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