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There is one place in our house that is all mine. It’s not my office, because my desk is in the kitchen, so I have to keep it pretty neat and everyone uses it the second I step away (Why else would there be ads for basketball shoes on every website I visit? I don’t mean to shock you, but I don’t care about what LeBron James puts on his feet. At all.)

And it’s not my bedroom or even my closet, because I share those with my husband. Lucky for us, he is pretty persnickety, so it stays clean. But it’s not all mine.

Where is the one place a housewife can call her own? The place no one else really wants to go, of course: the laundry room. I want to share a few insights into mine.

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This is mine in a panoramic view. I have a window, so I have an excellent chance of seeing the gutters as they get clogged from here. As you may notice, it’s not very tidy right now. That’s basically a cover, so no one else will dare to enter.

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This is my washing machine. A vital part of this washing machine is to always leave it open or else it smells terrible, like a wet, moldy mouse curled up and died in there. Please note that I also keep the compartment for laundry detergent open. That can be the smelly culprit if the open door doesn’t stop the smell I have found. I will say that it seems particularly egregious for a cleaning machine to need handling so it doesn’t smell, but we didn’t know that till after we bought it and no other machine will fit in that tidy little spot.

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These are some linens that I sent out to the wash and fold. I don’t want to send my laundry out, because it’s expensive and seems like something that I should be able to do myself. But occasionally, there’s a minor explosion of laundry in there, and the towels erupt like lava from their hamper. So I take them to my local laundromat and they come pack looking like this. Which makes me happy.

IMG_4348This is a really nifty thing we have. It looks like a cabinet from the outside, but inside is an ironing board that swings down into action. There is also a little shelf for your iron and an electrical outlet that runs on a timer, so you can’t forget to turn of the iron! It doesn’t actually iron the clothes though, so it usually just stays in the cabinet, waiting for a more prepared housewife than me.

 

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