So I mentioned the other day that we finally got our own washer and dryer. I love having the convenience of being able to throw a load of laundry in whenever I want, and not having to wait to get quarters, or go to the laundromat and waste two hours when I could be doing other stuff. Case in point – the fella needed his fight clothes washed for a demo on Thursday. Wednesday evening I was easily able to wash it all and have it line dried by the following evening.
However, when I was in our basement… it struck me. I’m cleaning clothes in a dirty basement. Seems kind of counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? The basement is mostly ours for storage (upstairs guy has the attic to this double home). There is a storage unit down there for us that we can padlock, if we so choose. But the floor space along the walls and such is ours for the storing. I do need to get down there and go through things/organize/throw away/donate stuff, and soon. But that’s not the dirty I’m talking about. I’m taking layers of dust and cobwebs.
On Pinterest every laundry room I’m coming across are these adorable fully finished rooms. I’m working with cinder blocks (with peeling paint) and a concrete floor. Plus, dude upstairs has a washer/dryer down there (that he never ever uses…) so I can’t make it completely Meg-like even if it were a possibility to do so.
I know I’m going to (obviously) dust and wash down the shelf above the washer. Get rid of the cobwebs. I want to find a cheap area rug for in front of the washer/dryer (right now I have two mis-matched throw rugs that I used at my apartment that don’t work here). Maybe a second area rug (and a bigger clothes basket) for underneath the clothes shoot/sorting clothing.
I just don’t know what else to do, and I’d like it to have SOME personality. Especially since when the landlady is here to collect rent she’s down there to read the water meter as well and I’d like for her to see that we are pretty much badass tenants (as opposed to the scum that used to live here).
It all needs to be done on the cheap, and nothing can really be ‘permanent’ changes since we don’t own the house.
One thing I don’t particularly want is to have a line dry area down there. Only because, again, dude upstairs and the landlady are down there occasionally and my laundry doesn’t need to be in their faces.
Here’s hoping I can tackle this soon and get a good head start, at least on cleaning it up pretty well, and then go from there.