Asked on May 13, 2017

How practical is it to move laundry to upstairs level?

PRWinsElizabeth DionLinda Sikut


I am about to be 69 years old - most of the laundry "resides" upstairs, i.e. Bed linens, bath linens, clothing - becoming VERY tired of hauling it all down and then up again after washing. Need advice
3 answers
  • Linda Sikut
    on May 13, 2017

    If there is someone else in the house have them do the hauling. I'm assuming there isn't anyone but didn't want to overlook something like that. If you want to do it yourself, break it up. At night before you go to bed get one load ready to go downstairs. In the morning, take it down and put it in the washer. After breakfast put it in the dryer. If you like to take things right out of the dryer, do it as soon as it's done. If not, leave it until after lunch. After lunch go get that load and bring it up. This is based on a one floor plan. If you have two floors, stretch it out a bit more by bringing the load to the main floor when it's out of the dryer then take it upstairs when you go to bed. Consider it your daily exercise. Then get your next load ready for the next day.

    Another option would be to hire someone to take your wash to the laundromat once a week or two - depending on how much wash you have. The laundromat will cost a few dollars, but it will be faster than your own because multiple loads can be done with larger washers & dryers so the amount of time for the helper will cost less. I might also suggest a visit to a Dr to make sure there isn't reason that you are so tired. In addition, try taking a vitamin B complex. As we age we need more B vitamins. My Dr told me that and it helps. (I'm 71, so I get it)

    As to moving the laundry, you can contact a contractor to see what is involved. My guess is that it would be more expensive than getting some part time help. Good luck. Hope that helps. :)
  • Elizabeth Dion
    on May 13, 2017

    I had my machines on the 2nd floor of my last house and absolutely loved it. I was able to wash, fold and put all the clothes away without climbing the stairs over and over again. My home had the existing plumbing in place. If your house isn't plumbed for that be sure to get a licensed plumber in to discuss the best room for pipe placement and venting for your dryer. If you do this project, you will be very happy you did!
  • PRWins
    on May 13, 2017

    Moving laundry appliances upstairs is something that you will never regret. I moved into a condo with laundry on bedroom floor when I was 63 years old, I'm now 71. It's a blessing. That is also where my cats' litter box is. (Now I am considering putting cat litter box somewhere on first floor because it is difficult to carry litter upstairs and downstairs.) P.S. I still would not like my bedroom on the ground floor.
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