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  1. ange
    October 10, 2011

    Wow, love your laundry room! It’s so fun to see some rooms of your house. I love the wall color and the tile and well, everything. You are so funny about the baskets, I think the same thing but I don’t have room for all the baskets but everyone has clothes hampers in their rooms for dirty clothes. I miss having a laundry chute. Thanks for sharing today. :)
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    • Shan
      October 10, 2011

      I would love to have a laundry chute too! Didn’t work out for us in the floor plan. Before I had room for these laundry baskets I used our room hampers too. It’s been very nice to have a place to sort the clothes instead of having to sort them all on the floor. I can’t believe how quickly you commented after I posted. What’s your secret? Do you get a notification on certain blogs you follow or something like that? I want to know so I can do it as well! ;) Thanks for the feedback Ange!!!

  2. Linda from the Edge of Nowhere
    October 10, 2011

    I’m feeling a little laundry room envy. I’ve been doing laundry all day out of my laundry closet, I use my bed for folding. My kids usually do their own but not today.

    • Shan
      October 10, 2011

      Bummer, Linda! Maybe they will do their laundry next time. You’re a good Mom ;)

  3. Cheryl Beaty
    October 10, 2011

    I love the mirrors you added. It looks great! Love you, Mom

    • Shan
      October 10, 2011

      Thanks, Mom! :) Love you!

  4. Kristy Swain
    October 14, 2011

    Now that my friend is an amazing and inspirational laundry room! I LOVE the organization of it all. Loving the bins. And, cute clothespin sunburst. And… even the wall color is great.
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    • Shan
      October 14, 2011

      Thank you so much Kristy! :D

  5. Kim
    February 5, 2012

    I totally agree about not putting clean clothes in the dirty clothes baskets! I’m so glad I found this site. I had printed these same labels from the BHG website, but misplaced them and couldn’t remember where I found them before. Your laundry center is adorable!

  6. Erin
    February 16, 2012

    What a great setup! Would you mind sharing the dimensions of your laundry room? I would love to do something similar but am not sure ours is big enough to fit everything like you have it.

    • Shan
      February 17, 2012

      9′ 7″ x 9′ 3″ Thank you Erin…hope this helps! :D

      • Erin
        February 18, 2012

        Thanks you so much for checking for me. I really appreciate it. We are a little smaller but I am still hoping I can incorporate most of your setup. It looks so functional.

  7. Julie
    May 29, 2012

    I LOVE your laundry room. You have quite a few ideas I may incorporate into the update of my room when the time comes. I do have one question. What is the reason behind raising up the washer/dryer? Is there storage underneath or was it just for “looks”? I am contemplating stacking my washer/dryer so I have been finding lots of pictures where the pedestal is underneath for storage–just curious if that is the function of yours being raised up..Thanks!

    • Shan
      May 29, 2012

      Thank you so much Julie! :D

      The reason for raising the washer & dryer is so I don’t have to bend over. That makes me sound lazy, doesn’t it? LOL! Well, after the all the laundry I do, my back will thank me in 30 years. ;)

      The pedestals Whirlpool sells {do have drawers for storage} that match the washer & dryer are extremely expensive. I decided I wouldn’t like bending over to put things in the drawers or take things out. Therefore, our wooden pedestal is purely to raise up and look pretty. However, it cost less to have the wooden pedestal made than purchasing the pedestals.

      Hope this helps and good luck with your laundry room update!

  8. Kim
    June 1, 2012

    This is BRILLIANT. I have seen tons of beautiful laundry rooms on Pinterest, but they always just seem “Pretty” and not functional. Your design is both beautiful & functional!
    I love the idea of each family member taking some responsibility for the laundry. Terrific idea on the sorting baskets! I assume either you or the kids bring their dirty clothes in the laundry room, sort it into the right baskets & take their hamper back to their room. LOVE it. When a basket fills up, you toss it in the wash. Then more or less a “mailbox” for clean clothes… it’s your job to check it & put them away. DUH! What a concept! Thank you so much… I have a 2 year old and am pregnant with Baby #2. I am excited to add this system into my household before my kids will know anything other way!

    • Shan
      June 20, 2012

      Kim, I remember when I read this comment and the huge grin it brought to my face. These words are like gold to me because you “get it.” You see the value in something I have invested a lot of time in. I appreciate this tremendously. Congratulations are in order for your new addition! More importantly, congratulations on choosing to enact a system which will teach your kids how to work and be responsible. BTW, yes, either I or my kids bring their hamper to the laundry room. ;) Like I said you GOT IT! :D Thank you again for your act of kindness to me. Come visit us again at Family Brings Joy.

  9. Christine
    June 9, 2012

    I am so beyond jealous. I was so excited when we bought our current house and there was an actual laundry room. (Old house just had the garage) but now I actually miss the space of the garage. Our laundry room might as well be a closet. I am going to pin your laundry room to pinterest for inspiration for my next house. (If that ever happens) :)

    • Shan
      June 20, 2012

      Thank you for pinning this, Christine. Let me tell you, this space has been a long time coming. I have thought and dreamed about it for many years. We’ve only been in this house for 3 years. I know it’s not ideal for everyone and is a little on the extravagant side; meaning all elements are not necessary in doing laundry. However, it has made this time consuming chore much more manageable. Honestly, I can’t imagine having to do laundry in a garage. At least not where I live, as we have great extremes in temperatures. I’m thinking I would choose having a small indoor laundry room rather than one in the garage.

      You never know what the future will bring. Seriously! So keep dreaming and pinning, because you might need these ideas. I would have LOVED pinterest when we were building our house. Back when we were building I did things the ‘old fashioned’ way by tearing out photos from magazines to show my builder. I also used blogs a LOT too. Pinterest is wonderful for organizing things you love. Thank you Christine for taking the time to write. It means a lot to me. :D

  10. Crissy
    June 14, 2012

    My youngest has been doing her laundry since she was four. I let the little ones use the Purex laundry sheets – you toss the whole thing (looks like a dryer sheet) in the wash and transfer it to the dryer with the clothes. It has detergent in it and then acts like a dryer sheet in the dryer. I’ve taped arrows on the washer and dryer so she knows where each knob should be set and then she knows to push the “little green button” to turn the machine on and the “big green button” to start it. Also, I let my kids wash all their clothes together. Once in a while I will bleach all their white socks, but generally, I have just let it go. I have never had a problem with their clothes bleeding (dyes are really colorfast these days!) and they wash everything on warm.

    I loved this post! We are about to move into a house where the laundry room used to be a bedroom, so it’s big! I, too, will have a wooden pedestal. I have big plans and hope to incorporate some of your ideas! Thanks for sharing. (Found you through Pinterest.)

    • Shan
      June 20, 2012

      Crissy, you are a hero for all of us Family Managers! I love what you shared. I only bleach our white towels and linens. PLEASE send me photos of how your new laundry room turns out. I am so excited for you! :D Happy you stopped by and shared your awesomeness with us!

  11. Briana
    June 16, 2012

    I am looking to do something like this to stay organized in my basement. What size are those Elfa drawers? I think they may be the perfect look as I have been wanting to build something to hold a basket for each member also.

    • Shan
      June 20, 2012

      Sorry Briana for the delay. Here is the size of the Elfa drawers:

      elfa Wide Mesh 3-Runner Platinum

      20-3/4″ x 20-3/4″ x 11-1/4″ h

      Good Luck and send me a photo when you are done with setting up yours. I’d love to see it! :)

  12. Anna
    June 19, 2012

    Your laundry area is great! I have been wanting to build a pedastal for our washers – love the platform. FYI – Ana White’s site has one that you can store baskets underneath. It’s been all over Pinterest. I love the Elfa baskets! Trying to figure out how I can fit that in our house. I am curious about the trays on top of the washer and dryer. Where did you find those and what are they made of?

    • Shan
      June 19, 2012

      Anna, thank you for your sweet compliments! :D I will have to check out Ana White’s version with baskets. Not sure it would be a good fit for me, but sounds like a great way to maximize the use of space. The trays are Elfa too. I thought I would have space for 2 of that size (smallest basket), but turns out I only had room for one. I bought 2 & they really don’t hold much of anything but socks. So instead I placed them on top of the washer & dryer to cover up the laundry soap stains that developed before we moved into this house and had the pedestals/extra storage. The Elfa baskets are made of a wire/steel mesh. Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you again. :)

      • Shan
        June 19, 2012

        You are very right Anna, other readers most definitely can benefit from knowing about the pedestals with baskets! Thank you for sharing that info with my readers. That was very thoughtful and kind of you. :)
        Yes, I HATE the scratches that form on the top of the machines. The baskets sort of cover that up and add as a place for me to put single socks etc.

  13. Colleen
    June 20, 2012

    What a beautiful space. Everything has a place and I love that! Your wall color is so pretty.

    • Shan
      June 20, 2012

      Thank you so much Colleen. I tried to make sure everything had a place as to make the space as user friendly as possible for everyone. Thank you for the blog love. :)

  14. Andrea
    June 20, 2012

    Very pretty space. I hate doing laundry but this system might make things a but easier. I love that everyone has their own clean clothes basket. Our laundry room is downstairs so I lug clothes up and down the stairs with everyone’s undies in tow. Nice job.

    • Shan
      June 20, 2012

      Hey, at least you’re getting a good work out, right? ;) I truly hope this system might help others make the chore manageable. That is the ultimate pay it forward, knowing I have helped another Family Manager. Thanks for stopping by Andrea, so glad you did! :)

  15. giddy tigress
    June 20, 2012

    Beautiful! This is a laundry room I could live in! However, I’m curious..where do you put your dried clothes which are ready for folding or ironing? I know I don’t have time to immediately fold or iron them as soon as they are dried.

    • Shan
      June 20, 2012

      LOL…what is ironing? I try to buy clothes that don’t require ironing. All clean clothes go into the baskets or straight to their homes. It’s not a perfect system, but it works for us. ;) Thank you for the blog love, Giddy :)

      • giddy tigress
        June 20, 2012

        How about folding? You mean you fold the clothes as soon as they come out from the dryer?

  16. Christy Z
    June 21, 2012

    I LOVE your laundry room! It’s beautiful! We recently built a house and just moved into it last weekend, so it will be a while before eveything settles, but you’ve given me inspiration that my Laundry Room can be functional AND gorgeous! Thanks. :)

  17. Michelle @Paintsley
    June 21, 2012

    Saw the laundry room post on IHeartOrganizing and popped over for a closer look! Love your blog…following…can’t wait to see what is next!
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  18. Michele
    June 22, 2012

    Love your space! I’m working on a similar sorting system. I totally agree with separate baskets for clean/dirty clothes! So nice to know I’m not alone. Do you have an area to hang dry or does everything go in the dryer? Also, what all do you store in your cabinets?

    • Shan
      December 31, 2012

      It is nice to know we aren’t alone Michele…lol. I didn’t think through the hanging space the way I should have. It’s on the list of “wish I did.” Right now when I need to hang dry something I put it on a hanger and hang them up on the nobs of the cabinets. It’s not very pretty, but it does the trick.

      What do I store in my cabinets…ha ha ha…there isn’t a rhyme or reason to my storage madness. Of course I have laundry soap etc. but I also have bags of clothes I want to keep of the kids when they were little, blankets not currently in use, beach towels, light bulbs and so on. Maybe one of these days I’ll get those cabinets organized enough to reveal to the public…probably not until the kids have left the nest. ;)

      Have a beautiful day Michele and hope to see you comment again on Family Brings Joy. :)

  19. Ashley Ford
    July 7, 2012

    Hey! I absolutely love the idea of the mesh containers for sorting the clean clothes. I have a question…I looked on the container store website and I only see a 3 drawer set. Did you have them custom make this to fit in your laundry room?

    Thank you!

    • Shan
      December 31, 2012

      You can buy more than the 3 drawer set. Here’s the link:


      When we built the house I knew I wanted to use the Elfa Drawers. I planned what drawers I needed and with my cabinet guy we figured the measurements for him to make me a cabinet for the drawers. The elfa drawer tower slides in and out of the cabinet. They are not bolted in. This way I can sweep all the dust that collects at the bottom of the cabinet. Hope this helps you Ashley. Thanks so much for stopping by and feel free to ask any more questions you might have. :)

  20. Brook V
    August 18, 2012

    Love your laundry room! It reminds me of my mother’s, except her baskets to sort dirty clothes are in a configuration like where your clean clothes baskets are. Pure genius! And she has a laundry chute. Nice! Really wish I had room for at least something like that if not your entire laundry room!

    • Shan
      December 31, 2012

      So wish we were able to configure a laundry chute in our house plans for my daughter who lives upstairs. Problem was there is only attic space above the laundry room. Thank you so much for your generous comments. I love your excitement…only us Moms truly understand what a room like this means to us, huh? ;)

      Glad you found Family Brings Joy Brook. Please come again :)

  21. Beth
    August 28, 2012

    Love this space!!! Im always looking for a great laundry room as ours is sooo tiny!!! – i love elfa drawers too and have a ton of units! – Ashley the drawer units are customizable to over 3000 different dimensions- look in store :-) hope that helps!

    • Shan
      December 31, 2012

      Thank you Beth! :)

  22. Julia
    September 28, 2012

    I am hoping you can post the dimensions of this laundry area. It has everything I need! I am working on plans for add’l space for a laundry room and this would be perfect!
    Thank you so much

    • Shan
      December 31, 2012

      9′ 7″ x 9′ 3″

  23. Amanda Helm Medina
    October 16, 2012

    Hi there,

    Just wondering about the art/writing above the counter in the laundry room. Can’t make out the words…I’m looking for something inspirational for my laundry room…


    • Shan
      December 31, 2012

      Amanda, sent you a photo via email. Until I post a clearer photo of the sign above, here is what it says for everyone else:

      Laun-dry /lon’dre/ n. 1 Place for washing clothes. 2 clothes or linen for laundrying or newly laundered.

      I found it at Hobby Lobby. They have the best laundry room signs there and you can find them for half off like I did when they run their sales on their metal signs.

      Glad I could help Amanda. ;)

  24. ellen johnson
    December 31, 2012

    I am designing a laundry room similair to yours, you mentioned that you wished that the Elfa baskets were not so heavy. If you were to do it all over again would you have considered a smaller sized elfa basket for the clean laundry? Any feedback would be very helpful. My kids are young now (6,7,and 1) but I want the laundry room to grow with the needs of our family but I dont know that they would be able to carry their own clean laundy to their rooms themselves in those baskets. Considering maybe the the 16 X 20? what do you think? Thanks!

    • Shan
      December 31, 2012

      I’m sorry it’s taken awhile for me to get back with you. I’ve been sick with a very bad cold.

      I wish they made the elfa baskets in a plastic material. However, the wire mesh has held up beautifully…got a hand it to them for durability. If you bought the same baskets I did {wide ones}, they would definitely be difficult for your kids to carry. I find that sometimes my Son (14) is not careful and will ding the wood trim in our house while walking to his room…eek!

      I would consider doing the skinnier shorter baskets for your kiddos. Just hopped over to their site…maybe the medium size or narrow size. I hope this helps you. Please feel free to ask any other questions. The designing part of my laundry room was the most stressful part. I’ll be happy to help in whatever way possible. Excited for your future laundry room and a million thanks for stopping by Family Brings Joy!

  25. Susan
    January 3, 2013

    what size frame did you use for the elfa drawers? I noticed a few different ones & didn’t no which size you used. Thanks! Your laundry room looks awesome!!!

    • Shan
      January 5, 2013

      21 1/2″ wide x 68 1/2″ tall Thanks a million. ;)

  26. Nikki
    January 11, 2013

    I am currently building a house. I have been wanting a tall storage with baskets that slide in. I am very interested in your tall rack and the bins. I am trying to find a cheaper way of doing this instead of using a wood built in cabinet. They are very expensive. I saw you posted the site where you got the bins, did you buy the holder for the bins there also or how did you put this all together? I would appreciate your help. Thanks!

  27. no laundry room
    March 15, 2013

    I don’t have a laundry room only a garage…someday maybe
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  28. Jennifer
    April 27, 2013

    Love this! I just had a question about the elfa frames – I looked online and they are only 41″ high – can you stack 2 together?

  29. Angela
    May 25, 2013

    Saw you on Pinterest an had to pop over. Love your laundry room. What cute ideas!! Where did you find such a small tension rod. I’ve been on the lookout for one for my laundry room with no success. Thanks!
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  30. Sabrina
    June 12, 2013

    Your laundry room is great, very organized! Thank you for sharing where you got the wire baskets, I LOVE them! Thank you!

  31. Deb
    July 9, 2013

    I saw you on Pinterest and loved the elfa drawers. I wondered if, in hindsight, you would have liked to use these for sorting the dirty clothes also….possibly three high by two wide? We are considering constructing a mud/laundry room, and I thought the mesh bins would work well for dirty clothes. Thanks!

  32. Sophie
    August 18, 2013

    You could buy little pieces of wood and use chalkboard paint instead of buying them

  33. Cindy
    January 29, 2014

    Hi! I love your house décor and style. Hubby and I are finalizing our own custom home plans. I was wondering if you also keep hampers throughout the house or if you just have the kids walk their dirty clothes, towels, etc. to the laundry room as needed. I’d like to know if I need to plan for a hamper in the bathrooms, as well. Thank you in advance for your advice.

  34. Barbie
    July 15, 2014

    Hi there,

    I am curious about the shelves in your laundry room. It looks like you have the Elfa wide Mesh 3 runner platinum, but what about the top 2 shelves? What size are those? They look a little bigger. And then what size frame did you buy? I love this!!! thanks!

  35. Alison T.
    November 12, 2014

    Hi Shan,
    Great laundry room! I agree with having separate baskets if you have room, for cleanliness and having one for each person helps immensely with sorting and putting away. Congrats on building a home that works for you, what a huge undertaking! The baskets from the container store are great, thanks for the inspiration. Have you thought about adding some under-cabinet lights over the counter? Tap lights or battery operated bars are inexpensive and work well. Also, you could add a pull-out drawer in the step under the washer and dryer for even more handy storage.

    • Alison T.
      November 12, 2014

      p.s. if you put a bar or curtain rod above the sink you will have some hanging room for drying clothes (need was discussed above) or a couple coat hooks would do the trick too. I have a bar above my machines and it’s the best. Wish I had a sink though, I really miss that.

  36. Shan
    April 18, 2014

    Thank you so much for featuring my site! :)

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