Designing a Laundry Room with Easy Access

If your laundry room is merely an afterthought, perhaps it’s time to renew your take on this important room. Just a few years ago, frill-free and forlorn was the norm when it came to laundry rooms, but contemporary trends have since redefined that norm, citing the modern laundry room as an accessible, stylish place that homeowners actually want to spend time in.

Designer Kelsey Kosman, of Dollhouse Design, shares some tips on modern laundry room design, and speaks to an advancement in drain pump technology, which makes the task of modernizing your laundry room system much more feasible, flexible, and cost-effective.

Front-Loading Machines

When faced with the choice between front-loading or top-loading washer/dryers, Kelsey recommends the former for a very practical reason. Employing front-loading systems frees up invaluable space for folding on the top of the machine, and homeowners can better capitalize on that space by utilizing a laminate countertop piece as a tabletop.

Cheerful Color Use

Paint is an economical way to improve the atmosphere in your laundry room, and beyond that, vibrant color use is an effective way to improve your experience doing every-day chores. Salt Spring, by Beauti-Tone, is a bright, cheerful, and optimistic hue, perfect for adding visual intrigue to your laundry room walls. Go one step further, and supplement with some creative laundry-room-themed wall art.

Location, Location, Location

As far as location goes, laundry rooms tend to inhabit less-than-prime real estate in the home, be it in the basement, adjacent to the garage, or tucked away behind the guest bathroom. That said, as a family of two grows into a family of three, four, or five, having your laundry room at the bottom of a flight of stairs may end up being more of a hindrance than anticipated. The same can be said if you’re planning on aging in place.

Relocation

At this point, you might be asking yourself: is relocation even feasible? Given the high costs associated with plumbing, uprooting your entire laundry system probably seems like more hassle than it’s worth. Enter: the SANISWIFT by Saniflo. The SANISWIFT is a modern drain pump which boasts compact design, high performance, and powerful and economical pumping action. Put simply, the SANISWIFT system makes it possible to mobilize a variety of sanitary fixtures, including the kitchen sink, shower, and laundry system. 

Why SANISWIFT?

In addition to being economical, the SANISWIFT system forgoes the use of complicated, moving parts, and can contour neatly into tight spaces, no construction necessary. The SANISWIFT system is perfect for small spaces or rental units, and can be easily installed, DIY-style.

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Brother-and-Sister Entrepreneurs Create Unique Laundry Basket

Basketmate Funderdome

Najma and Yusuf  Jamaludeen are siblings that collaborated to create an innovative laundry product, BasketMate. The duo pitched their product recently on Steve Harvey’s Funderdome. Brandon Andrews of Values Partnerships sat down with Najma and Yusuf after the show for an interview with the brother-and-sister team.

 

STEVE HARVEY’S FUNDERDOME - "Episode 110" - The seed-funding competition reality series "Steve Harvey's FUNDERDOME," featuring two aspiring inventors going head-to-head to win over a live studio audience to fund their ideas, products or companies, airs SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Lisa Rose) NAJMA JAMALUDEEN, YUSUF JAMALUDEEN (BASKETMATE), STEVE HARVEY (Najma and Yusuf Jamaludeen with Steve Harvey on Funderdome. Image: The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Lisa Rose))

 

 

Brandon Andrews: The BasketMate makes perfect sense. How did you develop the idea?

Yusuf:  It was developed by my big sis to help with the laundry responsibilities of her three little girls. Given my hatred for doing laundry, reducing my trips to the laundry room by doubling the capacity and making my existing laundry basket easier to carry made me an instant believer.

Najma: I love the way you say it makes perfect sense Brandon because that is exactly what I thought when I thought of the idea. I needed something that made more sense than trying to struggle with the idea of carrying my laundry for a family of four at the time with two hands while trying to keep everything inside. I mean I could have used a bag I guess but I was going back and forth from the laundromat up and down stairs with three small kids and I didn’t want my clothes stuffed in a bag.

 

When did you decide that your product was strong enough to start a business?  

 

Yusuf:  Well that depends on who you ask! My sister and I have differences of opinions on how we decided to get into business together. The way I remember it was her using it during an overnight visit to my house. I immediately thought “What a great idea, I know I can sell this!.” It looked a lot different than what we have been selling now. I asked her to do a prototype with a few modifications and we were officially in business!

Najma: When Yusuf saw it and thought it was perfect for him. I mean he was a single man living alone with laundry for only one person. We were on different ends of the demographic spectrum if that is the correct term. We did a couple of focus groups and everybody said it was a great idea.

 

STEVE HARVEY’S FUNDERDOME - "Episode 110" - The seed-funding competition reality series "Steve Harvey's FUNDERDOME," featuring two aspiring inventors going head-to-head to win over a live studio audience to fund their ideas, products or companies, airs SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Lisa Rose) BASKETMATE (The BasketMate. Image: The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Lisa Rose))

 

 

How did you feel pitching your business in the Funderdome? How did you prepare for the pitch?

 

Yusuf: The producers told us backstage that we had to nail our pitch on the first try because they would not edit if we messed up and then we would embarrass ourselves in front of millions. Talk about pressure. They said only Steve Harvey gets to mess up and get do-overs.

Being in the middle of the audience felt like being on a tightrope without a safety net in a circus as the main attraction. We prepared by practicing every day. We practiced so much that my sister threatened to ransom me to the highest bidder if I asked her to rehearse our pitch one more time!

Najma: I felt like it was going to be a lot of fun. We had pitched the idea before so we kind of had a game plan but then we got some facts from the producers about the format and we knew from that that it was going to be energetic and fun. I think then it was all about making sure that we were able to connect our product with the audience.

 

Andrews: What did you learn from being on the show?

 

Yusuf: I learned that the presentation of the product is usually more important than the actual product. Products don’t sell themselves and a great sales pitch can go a long way.

Najma: I already know that I love what I do. I mean I love being creative. As an African American businesswoman/entrepreneur I am obsessed with the process of building something that is owned by someone who looks like me. So the Funderdome was just another experience in the process of me building my empire and I learned once again that this is my destiny. It is where I feel the most comfortable, and one of the only places where the challenges, while they are extremely difficult, are the most gratifying.

 

Andrews: Give us a post-show update. How do you plan to grow your business in 2017?    

Yusuf: Aside from being local celebrities, we hope this gives the BasketMate some major exposure post our show appearance. Now that we’ve conquered TV (lol) we plan to grow our business by reaching out to the social media influencers like the YouTubers and bloggers that are into nifty home organizing products like the BasketMate.

Najma: Well, we are looking to take advantage of the exposure that we got from the show and continue to utilize our marketing outlets to build our customer base. I’m never just working on a product, I am working on a brand, a lifestyle. So that is my work in progress; fine-tuning that and fitting everything I do into that. We have some great new modifications to the BasketMate and now that we have a little name for ourselves, I think people will be excited to see the new product line.

 

Andrews: What do entrepreneurs like you need to succeed?  

Yusuf: Patient Persistence! You also cannot be outcome dependent if you want to succeed. We have had so many ups and downs along the way and if we thought about all those outcomes before we got started we wouldn’t have ever given this a shot. Just do your best and forget the rest because you don’t control the outcome anyway!

Najma: What I have learned to be one of the most important things that entrepreneurs like me need to succeed is first of all, a focused understanding of self. Your product and everything that you build around it is only a physical reflection of who you are and what you know about yourself. Secondly, a solid group of teammates who understand and believe in your vision, who are talented in their field. Who, along with you, have the drive and resilience to get up after you fall, who tell you the truth, and who can see and reach for things in the dark. That takes time, experience, and a few hit and runs to get however. LOL.

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Life Lessons Through Laundry

I live alone. Well, actually, if you read my last article, you know that I live with two cats who are currently trying to figure out how to get along. But I’m the only one in the house who wears clothes, which is why I am baffled by the fact that I do laundry like it’s my part-time job.

I wonder if the cats are wearing my clothes when I’m at work! I feel like I am constantly doing laundry; lots of it.

I don’t think I change my sheets and towels more than the average person. I don’t wear layers upon layers of clothes. I mean, I do change my underwear every day; but isn’t that what you’re supposed to do?

This weekend, as I looked at the four loads of laundry lying on my bedroom floor, I had an epiphany about how laundry is a lot like life.

Bras — Bras are like your friends. They are supportive, they hold you up, they stay close to your heart, and they serve as the foundation for everything else that follows. Bras are there for you when you need them, but just like people in your life, sometimes it feels good to take them off and let them go.

Underwear — Underwear are like your family. They cover your ass, sit with you during times of joy and pain, go with you almost everywhere you go, and are something you need almost every day. They are reliable and dependable and also serve as a good base. They can sometimes be annoying, but you really couldn’t imagine going through a day without them.

Socks — Socks are like relationships. Most of the time, socks are worried about getting separated from their mate, they are always looking for a match, and they spend a lot of time tumbling through the dryer (life) in their quest to come out unscathed on the other side. Socks long to be part of a duo. And, like some people, they feel useless when they become solo, always searching for a way to partner back up.

Coats — Coats are like the protective shield you wear out in public. It’s the thing you put on before you go out in the world and face the elements. Your coat can shield you from rain, snow, wind, or mean people. It can also hide the things you don’t want the world to see; clothing that you aren’t comfortable in, those few extra pounds, etc.

Pants — Pants are like the socially acceptable part of you, the work you, the part that has to be all about business. Let’s face it: It wouldn’t work out well for you to be walking around without them on. Pants are what you put on when you’re moving through the world. They cover some of the most intimate parts of you. Without them, you can’t go very far out there in the world.

Pajamas — Pajamas are like a hug. They cover you, swaddle you, and can make you feel warm and cozy. They can show whatever side of yourself that you choose. From the sexy side that comes from racy lingerie, to the fun side that comes from the flannels with the ducks on them, to the cozy side that comes out when you sport a pair of jammies with the built in feet.

What does your laundry say about your life? When I look through my wardrobe I see more than just the clothes that cover my body. I see the story of my life. The dress I wore in my friend’s wedding, the suit I wore when I landed my job, the scarf my friend gave me for Christmas; each piece tells a story.

It’s the story of my life, the fabric of my life, told through the pieces I choose. Think it about it next time you sort your life through your laundry. What do your pieces say about you?
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