Disclaimer – This is a sponsored post brought to you by Maytag. All opinions are 100% my own.
One of my favorite posts to read on other blogs are the ones that share feedback on how a particular product, makeover or setup is working AFTER some time has passed. I fully believe that a family must live with something for a while before deciding whether it is actually the right fit. Sometimes that amount of time is five minutes, sometimes five months and sometimes five years. Shoot – I am still figuring out some new spaces in our house and we have lived here for seven years! So with that being said – here is our official reflection on the kitchen and laundry room makeovers now that we have lived with them for six months.
First – the laundry room. Before, our laundry room was lacking simple functionality. We thought the old washer and dryer might break down at any moment (they both had issues in the past) and the stress that adds to a family of seven is unreal. Now, the functionality of the laundry room has vastly improved with our powerful and reliable washer and dryer from Maytag. The PowerWash cycle has extra cleaning action and heated water, so it attacks the everyday stains my family of seven makes – goodbye ketchup and grass stains! AND we were happy to move the old washer and dryer to our basement where they can live the rest of their lives in relative peace and quiet :). It’s like a retirement community for appliances….except not as posh and they only get called on when the flu strikes.
PS: If you’re digging the layout of the space, I used this handy measuring guide to make sure everything fit.
Truth be told – I would LOVE to get another set of stackable Maytag appliances to do laundry in my closet. That might be what I ask Jeremy for our 11th anniversary. The traditional gift is steel….so I mean… this same washer comes in Metallic Slate. Close enough, right?!
Another functional part of our laundry room is that one little shelf over the sink. That shelf has helped tremendously and I now know where the vacuum bags are – they were always lost before and then I would overfill the vacuum and have to disassemble the dang thing to get the pipes cleared. UGH! Now I am on it and there hasn’t been a clogged vac since. #winning
The rug is another item that we added for functionality and so far, it has been a winner. It has been one of my favorite high traffic purchases and I haven’t had to pressure wash it yet, but when I do, I’ll let you know how it holds up.
Lastly is the wall of hooks. We added these sweet little hooks with name plates on the wall across from the washer and dryer and we all love them! They have been perfect for hanging baseball jerseys that are being treated or belts that we take off the pants or random items we find in pockets (why a four-year-old needs thirteen of my hair rubber bands is beyond me.) Overall, making wall hooks has made the space more functional and helpful for our family.
Now, a couple things we still need improvement on. First, we really really need a better way to sort dirty laundry. If you saw my laundry flow chart then you would understand that I am a bit particular about my sorting (ahem). I told Jeremy that I want to build a sorting station in the kids’ playroom or in the hallway, instead of just having the folding surface. Also, I need to sort the little boys closet so that we can hang their clothing. Both of those ideas will improve the laundry area as the dirty clothing will be sorted and cleaned and the clean clothes will be put away easier!
Next up is the kitchen.
My goal with the kitchen was to increase storage, get working, dependable and powerful appliances and to improve the space around the table. So far, we have not gotten the new table so I can’t speak to that improvement, but moving the rug and the orientation of our existing table makes it feel like it has more space. Overall, our new Maytag appliances are so great and I am obsessed with them. I do have a couple favorites and a couple things that I would have done a little differently.
First my favorites. Hands down the best thing in my kitchen are my two new Maytag fridges. Hands down. Having two side by side refrigerators blesses me every.dang.day. As a reminder, these are just two bottom-freezer fridges and we had the reversible door on one switched to the opposite side so that they appeared to be one giant unit. The other thing about these fridges that I love is the fingerprint resistant stainless steel finish. I feel so smug when the kids run by with their little hands brushing the fridge and there is not a smear in sight. It feels like winning y’all.
The other thing that I am obsessed with is our Maytag double oven. Our old ovens did not work well and these are amazing. Every single time I cook a batch of cookies, they come out exactly as expected. And having the two ovens is such a time saver. I tend to get a wild hair about baking….and when I get started, I bake ALL the things. It’s so convenient to be able to pop in banana bread in one oven for breakfast for the following morning, have dinner in the other oven and have it all done at the same time!
Overall – I could not be happier with our new appliances. It was such a vast improvement over the mess we had before. I think the only thing I would have changed is that we would have done this sooner! If you are looking for a way to improve your own kitchen or laundry space – these are some of their powerful appliances …
Lastly is the storage. We took out the old pantry and had a carpenter build a new wall of cabinets and it has increased our storage space so so much! One of my favorite parts is that we had a couple dog bowls in a bottom pull out. Bear loves his new setup and we love that the food is easy to tuck away when company is over.
We also unpacked everything that was in our old pantry and filled less than half of the new space! I decided that I need to put holiday stuff in the upper cabinets (things I only accessed once a year) so in the next few months as that stuff gets pulled out, I will be able to put it away in the new space.
I will say that if I could go back and do it again, I would probably plan the inside of the cabinetry a little differently. I did consider the outside of the cabinetry a lot – both the proportions and the things that it would hide (there is a vent pipe hidden in there!)….but I definitely would have changed the inside design. I would have planned more pull outs in the cabinet above Bear’s bowls for canned goods and a shelf above the microwave. I think we are gonna need to make a few modifications there.
So that is how we feel six months in. We feel like most of the goals were met but we also are learning what tiny tweaking needs to happen.