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Old 12-04-23, 02:08 PM  
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Except for the brief periods of living in a one level apartment, I've had stairs everywhere I've lived including now where we have front and back stairs. I expect that the next place we live at some point in the future will be one level, but it's what I'm used to so I'm happy with stairs and the additional exercise they provide. They were only an issue when DH broke his foot and it was tricky getting up and down in that boot.

No basements in our area, but I always recall my grandparents climbing up and down those step stairs to the washer and dryer to the basement in their house in PA. In later years they had one of those motorized stair lifts for the set from the main floor to the second floor. Those were some steep steps as they had high ceilings in that house!
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Old 12-04-23, 03:14 PM  
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We have a basement and a finished attic (my son's living space when he visits) so yes, two flights. I don't mind the stairs unless I'm recovering from something.

The washer and dryer are in the basement so I get bonus steps for doing the wash. I'm very wary going downstairs while carrying a full laundry basket. It gives me a scary feeling. Otherwise no issues.
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Old 12-04-23, 03:14 PM  
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I have stairs; a 3-level home. Bedroom & "office" are upstairs. So is my only bathroom ... Laundry is down in the basement.

In order to minimize my online/social media time, I let myself only use my desktop computer - which is upstairs!

I'm up & down steps frequently during the day. Even I try to make things as accessible as possible, I still have the issue of the bathroom being upstairs.

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When carrying my laundry basket downstairs to the basement, I've actually missed the bottom step. The laundry basket had been blocking my vision to the stairs, so it can be dangerous for the elderly or even middle aged!
I have canvas bags. I fill them with the dirty laundry & toss them down the steps. No carrying! (Going down for me is harder than going up; I can still manage to carry the laundry upstairs.)
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Old 12-04-23, 03:25 PM  
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I had stairs when I was in my early 30's. I would be sleepy on the couch, and wide awake by the time I got upstairs to bed. Never again.
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Old 12-04-23, 09:52 PM  
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We have stairs to the second floor as well as to the basement. Our laundry is on the second floor, which is ideal for us since that’s where all the bedrooms are located. It was eye-opening after my car accident how difficult steps can be until you’re fully recovered. Even 1-2 steps. We had a hospital bed in our living room-on the first floor-until all my surgeries were complete. There was no way for me to shower in those early days. My sister eventually started washing my hair on the back porch. I had a broken neck so no bending, twisting, etc.. Crazy times! I scooted up and down on my butt for many many months. I agree that it’s great exercise throughout the day, but we have definitely considered moving to a single level home in the future. We weren’t sure if I would be able to move around without an assistive device and thought we might be moving sooner rather than later. Luckily, I made a better recovery than expected.
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Old 12-04-23, 10:41 PM  
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We have stairs to the second floor as well as to the basement. Our laundry is on the second floor, which is ideal for us since that’s where all the bedrooms are located.
Honestly, doesn’t it make so much sense to have your laundry located where your bedrooms are? We don’t haul our dirty dishes off to another area of the house and then bring them back to the kitchen when they’re clean. Just for ease, I wish my laundry was located upstairs.
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Old 12-04-23, 10:54 PM  
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Honestly, doesn’t it make so much sense to have your laundry located where your bedrooms are? We don’t haul our dirty dishes off to another area of the house and then bring them back to the kitchen when they’re clean. Just for ease, I wish my laundry was located upstairs.
LOL I agree.
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Old 12-05-23, 03:10 AM  
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I have a lot of stairs. I go up and down the stairs dozens of times every day, and they have helped keep my legs strong. I worry about having a joint problem some day and not being able to do the stairs.
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Old 12-05-23, 10:24 AM  
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I live in a very old home built in the 1800's. The stairs to the second floor are so steep and solid wood too. I also have stairs to the basement where the washer and dryer are. There are only about 6 steps but they slant downward. I am in my late 60's and I don't mind the stairs. I just go slow. I even moved furniture up and down a few weeks ago by myself. I have always lived in a house with stairs and a basement. I guess you just get used to it.
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Old 12-05-23, 02:14 PM  
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Two flights. Our bedroom is on the second floor, workout room in the unfinished basement, laundry on main floor. According to my Apple Watch, I average 12-15 flights a day.
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