LAUNDRY DAY – THE MID CENTURY LAUNDRY ROOM

Vintage laundry room

Vintage laundry room

I haven’t given a whole lot of thought to the future laundry room/mud room yet. Because my laundry room will be in the back entry area it will be open to guests that enter through the back door. So I really want to keep the area as simple and organized as possible.

I would prefer to have laundry in it’s own separate space hidden from the rest of the home but there isn’t a spot for it anywhere else in the house. In the fifties, it wasn’t uncommon to have the laundry right in their kitchen. I suppose that makes sense since they spent the majority of their day cooking…why not be able to keep track of what’s in the oven while folding clothing…brilliant really. The photo below is from Kitchen Maid Kitchens. You could add special laundry pieces to your kitchen like the laundry cart with lift-out hamper, the ironette – a built in ironing board that slid out and a retractable hide-a-rack for hanging freshly laundered clothing. What a great kitchen!

A very functional Kitchen Maid kitchen, 1953

A very functional Kitchen with laundry machines, ironing board and a drying rack in a Kitchen Maid kitchen ad, 1953

Laundry wasn’t a task that was fit in here and there throughout the week like today. Housewives usually allotted one day of the week as the official ‘laundry day’. They would spend dusk to dawn washing, drying, starching, ironing and mending clothing and bedding. I rarely iron our clothing but back in the day, everything was ironed to perfection, even the bed sheets were crisp and wrinkle free.

I do own an iron, even though it doesn’t get used much. It is vintage and aqua blue…and makes a nice accent piece. I figure you may as well surround yourself with pretty things while doing laundry.

My vintage aqua blue iron

My vintage aqua blue iron

Like my aqua blue iron, I would love to find me a vintage washing machine in a pretty colour like this one. I can only imagine how exciting it would have been for a fifties house wife to get a new automatic washing machine like this one.

Vintage Hotpoint washer and dryer ad, 1960

Vintage Hotpoint washer and dryer ad, 1960

 

 

 

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