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IMNH: Laundry Room/Mud Room Combo

In 2009, I'm going to bring you a list of things that I would like "In my Next Home" which in this case would probably have to end up being my dream home (yea right, we are not in anyway, shape or form moving... just dreaming). Don't get me wrong, I love my house and for the most part it serves it's purpose. However, there are a few things that I wish were a little different and in order to keep track of all the upgrades, changes and ideas, I thought I would document them.

My first complaint about my current house is the Laundry/Mud Room Combo. Yes, it does have this room labeled on the floor plan BUT it doesn't serve it's true purpose. To me a mud room should be a place where you can kick off your muddy shoes or sit down to pull them off. It would also be a place where you could hang up your mud covered coat to dry and also throw your dirty clothes into the washer. I also invision a mud room to have a utility sink that you could easily wash your muddy shoes off in or potentially put your mud covered dog in to wash him off. All of these things (with the exception of a few) are not things that you can do in my "Mud Room".

Sure you can walk into it from the garage, which is another point that I left off on my "idea of mud room" but aside from that you don't have much else going on in it. It has a washer and dryer that you could throw you dirty clothes into from being outside. It does have a wall with a few hooks to hang something on but probably not a jacket and it doesn't have a large rug that could temporarily hold a few pairs of muddy shoes that need to dry off. You do not, however, have room to sit, there is no true storage for jackets, coats, shoes or boots. It really doesn't have much storage for laundry either, unless it's being washed or dried. And last but not least there is not a utility tub to wash your hands in, to hand wash a delicate item or to potentially wash your dog off in.

So, to give you an idea of what this "ideal laundry/mud room combo" should look like I would like to share with you a few pictures that I found on the internet, thanks to google images (none of which even compare to my launrdy/mud room).


mrs.leah.maria said…
I absolutely love your IMNH idea! If we didn't plan on renovating our current, I'd totally steal it . . . maybe I will, but I'll just tweak it!

Love the photos as well.
t.w.i.t. said…
Based on your stated needs, I'm wondering if you have a mud wrestling career that I don't know about...

You know how I feel about my laundry room. Grr!

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