Then, this past Saturday, I put our sheets on for a wash, and when the load ended, I found heavily soaked sheets that apparently had not gone through a spin-cycle. So I set it back to the Rinse setting to give it another go. But nothing.... it just sat there in that setting.
I was a little glum as we called around to find a repairman to come look at it. A friend had a similar problem a few years ago, and was told that the cost to repair the machine would be more than the cost of a new machine. There are so many things I would rather spend the money on (and that we're already spending money on!).
Matt's a little more optimistic. Not about the possibility of repair, but about the thought of a new machine. He kept saying to me "this is your opportunity to get a cool front-loader!". While that *does* sound nice, I prefer the idea of keeping the money and repairing this not-very-old-machine.
Well we were lucky! On Monday we had it repaired for just over $200. Apparently it was a ball bearing that needed to be replaced.
So we are back in business!
But all this talk of front loaders and pretty washing machines got me thinking about our laundry "nook", and wondering if we should beautify it a bit. I'm always inspired by gorgeous laundry rooms with great tile and lots of cupboard space and folding counters. But that's not realistic for our basement hallway. So here's some inspiration I came across that suits our space:
I also love how wallpaper changes the feel of a room:
And I noticed a lot of the photos I found had the laundry detergent in an apothecary jar. Ingenious. It looks SO much nicer than my big honkin' orange box of TIDE!