Contest & Giveaway! Blog Land’s Ugliest Laundry Room!

Mar 25, 2009 | Uncategorized | 27 comments

I dream of clean, white and racks to dry clothes. A yard big enough for a huge wash line and an animal free laundry room…

Dream on Parisienne Farmgirl!

So many of us have these beautiful old farmhouses, cottages, bungalows… We have lovely imperfect plaster walls, a few well placed cracks in the ceilings, old porcelain tubs and funky hardware to match them. Our doorways are framed in sturdy wood – none of that new, cheap construction, semi-plastic crap in our homes! (No kidding! They actually put plastic doors and trim in some of those corn field sub-divisions!)
We have charming kitchens, usually about 1.5 cozy little bathrooms and one, hell-hole, dungeon of a laundry room in the basement!
I don’t mind doing laundry. I enjoy the challenge of getting out a stain. I am neurotic about my folding. It’s very precise and very flat and I have been known to get a little carried away with an iron and a can of starch. If you walk by at the wrong time you may get starched and pressed yourself. There is NOTHING like sleeping on stiff, starched sheets.
You wouldn’t know this by the looks of my laundry room. It is absolutely horrible and I put off going down there as long as possible – and I will confess, I have learned how to treat mildew stains. So much for my status as a true, Domestic Goddess.
My dungeon inspires anything but clean and through the years has hosted it’s share of wildlife and swamp creatures. I have had he unfortunate company of a mouse staying cozy and warm one winter in a pile of clothes,

I have freed quite a few birds from my dryer hose/vent and well, let’s just say there has been many a Mexican stand off between myself and beetles and millipedes larger than my foot!!!

The sad thing is, my dungeon, like so many other areas of my house has so much potential, and IF you would believe it, the way it looks now is actually an improvement from the way it looked when we moved in 7 years ago.The Bastille was probably a nicer dwelling than being banished to my basement laundry room.
It must run in the family. Perhaps it’s a “Frey Girl” thang. My Aunt Juls has looked up from her domestic duties only to find Ricky Raccoon staring back down at her from the rafters, My Mom’s laundry room/basement holds Genus Species not yet known to the world of Science. Huge, long, legged creatures that eat dirty socks and varieties of mildew on the crumbling walls that also remain unidentified.  My Gramma once had a basement laundry room but knowing her, it was probably spotless and now, she has paid her dues and for many years had a laundry area worthy of envy… Aunt Ruth?
Well, she doesn’t count and choice words that are completely unfair to a woman of such character come to mind…(Let’s simply say that when they remodeled their kitchen last year, well, her laundry room was clean and functioning enough to work as their make shift, and I use the term loosely, kitchen during the construction. Kind of resembles one of those dream laundry rooms at the beginning of this post only with gorgeous NAVY BLUE appliances!)
So, here it is ladies. Your chance to air your dirty laundry. There is no shame here. This is a safe place.
“My name is Parisienne Farmgirl and I have a ugly laundry room.”
Let’s go around the room…”My name is…”
Here’s how to play:
E-mail me photos of your disgusting, messy, gross and downright horrible laundry room. You can do it, drop your pride, no uptight bloggers here! You will get one entry for each photo you send. No more than three please. I have children and despite what you may think after considering the time it took to do this post, I do have a life. You will get one entry for a brief description of your laundry room and I’ll give you 5 entries if you will post this contest in a viseable area on your side bar. So, that is a max of 9 entries! Woo-hoo!
My email is: Please make sure your photo files are small for easy loading. Questions have come in – And no, your laundry room does not have to be in the basement. It can be anywhere in/around your house.
I know there are some good ones out there – for heavens sake, I think HomemakerAng is doing her laundry on the same Machine my Great Gramma did!!!
I’ll run this contest until April 8th at Midnight central. I will then video a drawing and post it the following day! What will the prize be you ask??? Well, Goodies to balance out all that ugliness of course! Much of it will be a surprise but how’s this for a teaser…
  • Black and Hot Pink Hollyhock seeds from my garden!
  • Recipes!
  • Treats from around the Parisienne Farmhouse
  • And of course, some lovely laundry accessories. YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED!
So down to the dungeon with you! Camera in hand! And lest your pride stand in your way – here is a tour of mine. Hands down, the grossest.

Come with me if you dare! Harrods of Knightsbridge has never seen anything like THIS!

The play area.  The kids LOVE it! Also, my empty canning shelves and equally sparse wine storage! The fence keeps LeeLee away from the real funk.

Now, don’t get jealous. I know it’s beautiful

Full of interesting and inspiring vignettes like this one of the busted bird that I can’t bare to part with from Aidan’s first baby-lay-on-your-back-and-play-thing, some fishing line, a too small pair of boots and an Iraqi tea pot from an old Assyrian friend of mine.

Here’s the focal point. I WILL say there is an abundance of laundry around here since three of us were puking our brains out for most of the week last week. Poor Daddy had to take care of us and the house.
And just so ya know I don’t usually keep laundry on the floor but these loads are ready to get washed.

The “drying rack” and a view into the screened over crawl space where most of our “friends” probably come from.

Kind of makes you want to stand here and work on a stain doesn’t it?
Wait a minute – the entire SINK looks like a STAIN! This is not my doing, this is Big Daddies department. I try to pretend the entire basement is Big Daddy’s department. Most of it is!

This too has his name on it. Is it a desk? Is it a file cabinet? It was SUPPOSED to be for laying clothes out.

A view skyward into the laundry shoot. Thank HEAVEN for laundry shoots!

Wait a minute, is this a laundry room or a shower…what the HELL is that? you are asking yourself?

That’s right ladies, just in case I decide to strip naked and get cleaned up myself, there is a shower hanging OVER my washing machine!!! Beat THAT!

Energy efficiant windows, provided by a pillow and some plastic!


The view back into the playroom.

Thought you’d like a close up of the mess sink.

The nook that will someday be my amazing pantry.

And last but not least – the stairs. How would you like to traverse those babies 9 months pregnant with a full laundry basket in your arms???


  1. Anonymous

    Game on.

  2. Old Centennial Farmhouse

    I’m in! Old house owners UNITE OR DIE! Hehehe!

    (I do have to say that the second owner of our 111-year old farmhouse with a disgusting basement moved the laundry area to the top landing!

    They elongated the top landing and it now holds a front-loader washer and dryer, shelves, a cabinet for my oversized electric kitchen appliances and it has shelves and a cool rotating laundry line to hang clothes on if I can’t hang them outside! PRETTY IT AIN’T, but practical it is…but the room is so small I don’t even know if I can get a decent picture. But for you, PFG, I will do it! I will show you that YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

  3. Berlin Deluxxe

    I love this post 🙂
    And I see a lot of room for potential (as in my own laundry room)… But for this we all know we need money and time. Thanks for making me smile.

  4. Bonjour Madame

    Now really, it would not be fair for the other contestants if I enter this contest. I live in an old home with a detached garage and my laundry is located there. It is HORRIBLE! But you post has me laughing so hard I think I may have to join in on the fun. My mother is going to die if I publicly expose this space.

  5. Parisienne Farmgirl

    That’s just it. Money and time. My basement really isn’t so bad but it’s very small- that pantry area is screaming for white paint and shelving all around holding all my large trays and canning equipment and all my food, TP, etc…
    But the time factor. The LAST thing I want to do is go clean my basement…
    There ARE in fact clean and organized parts of the dungeon but that wouldn’t have been as funny…

  6. Parisienne Farmgirl

    I think it is so HILARIOUS that every woman that has commented so far thinks she would win!
    THis is great!

  7. Freygirl

    the photo of the life size deadly centipede was expremely unecessary…come and clean up the vomit on my keyboard!

  8. A Vintage Mood

    I found you on Bonjour Madame’s blog. Like the other ladies, I am sure I would win. Compared to my hideous laundry room, yours looks like a glam Paris apartment! Thing is, I don’t know if the prize will be worth the humiliation I’ll have to suffer!

  9. Anne Marie

    I really needed that.

  10. cityfarmer

    it’ll take a week or so to capture the magazine-worthy vignettes at this farmhouse.

    those new-er white cupboards from Pam Williams do not count!!!

    wait, have to charge the back-up battery for the 12.2 Canon

  11. Susan

    Your basement isn’t as bad as mine!

  12. Berlin Deluxxe

    Thank you pretty lady for the comment you left on my blog 🙂
    I’ll be submitting my wanna be laundry room to you soon.

  13. Berlin Deluxxe

    What the heck was that weird looking millipede thing? hahaha

  14. Anne Marie

    I came back to take another look ater your post….those centipedes are absolutely so disgusting…I seriously hope you’ve never seen one that big- YOUZA!-
    Maybe I’ll enter 🙂 I would love to get some “stuff” from you!

    Thanks for all the comments, but when I went Potager discovering on your blog- yours puts mine to shame lady….I uh – mean – farmgirl 🙂

    I’m working on a Na-Da Farm Chick Club (btw)

  15. REAL ME

    You are sooo funny! I love coming here and reading you area lways so honest and fun!

    I enjoyed your tour, now I feel like I have a partner laundry department discontentment. 🙂

  16. à la parisienne

    I may participate…but my laundry space is not even a room and barely a closet. Here in Texas I only know one person with anything that even resembles a basement. They do seem spooky!! And that flight of stairs while 9 months pregnant? No ma’am! My husband would have to just turn everything inside out! EVERYTHING! HA HA! Thanks for the hilarious post, and the music is PERFECT!

  17. Victoria

    Hilarious! Thanks for the huge laugh- “just in case I choose to strip down”.. you’re unreal. No, you’re the realest.

    Our laundry room isn’t pretty or terrible, except if it rains for multiple days… at which time the walls cascade with the incoming rain! How lovely. But it drowns the spiders. 🙂

  18. KatCollects

    I found you from Berlin’s blog, great post! My laundry room is ok but tiny and combined with pantry type shelves, its just plain boring : )

  19. Sarah

    Hi! So glad to “see” you again!

    I wish I could participate in the contest, but my laundry “area” is actually just off my kitchen so I HAVE to keep it clean and organized, otherwise it would drive me nuts having to look at it all the time when I am in the kitchen. I can’t wait to see some of the photos though! Great contest!

  20. Meg

    I am so jealous that you have a laundry chute! My parents had one when I was growing up and it was the coolest thing ever! My next house will have one 🙂 I hope you and the family are doing well! Talk to you soon 🙂

  21. parisapartment

    Where I’m staying it’s just too mortifying to show! Like the others, I SURE I’d win!
    This is a really undervalued space apparently and we need to step up our game, a lot of time is spent in there and it should be pretty!!

  22. English Cottage in Georgia

    As scary looking as your dungeons
    were, I would love to have one :-). My laundry room is the room where all by “back porch friends enter the house – ugh!

  23. Laura

    Wow…..I’m impressed……but you have competition….I may just have to enter this contest! Found you through Bonjour Madame and read your post aloud to my hubby….lots of laughs….he especially liked the shower…..! Too much fun!
    Be well, Laura

  24. *The Beautiful Life*

    Okay, okay…I’m sending you my pics now…You’re right! This DOES require one to drop their pride at the door — the laundry room door in this instance. 🙂

    Thanks for such a fun game!


  25. Kathleen Grace

    I found you through City Farmer. Your laundry room looks a lot like mine except you actually have paint on the walls! My dungeon is still grey. I may just play this game, the laundry area is so hideous I am sure I have a good shot at winning:>)


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