Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sprucing Up The Laundry Room

Our laundry room is probably the least glamorous room in our home. Our outdated, peeling paint, broken faucet blue bathroom comes in a close second!

However, I do frequent the laundry area quite a bit, as you can imagine, don't we all? :-) In fact, I'll let you in on a little secret. Doing laundry is probably one of the easiest household tasks that I do. At one point I wondered how in the world does one do laundry for seven people?!? Well, I can't wait to share with you in the coming weeks some tricks that we have learned along the way!

Even if our laundry room isn't magazine worthy it still doesn't hurt to make this frequently used location a little more bright and cheery. One day I decided to do just that! You might have even seen a little sneak peak on Instagram last week. :-)

Here is what the space looked like before. A collection of messes and nothing really had a place. 

a messy laundry room

I'm not sure why I had so many rolls of paper towel lying around...


sprucing up the laundry room

or random baskets for that matter. 

taking a not so glamorous laundry space and sprucing it up
I cleared everything out of the space and started fresh!

I decided exactly what kind of storage we needed in this space and made spots for each need. 

I labeled an Ikea vase that I use to toss all of the "treasures" that I find while doing laundry. I went ahead and added a tip jar for the change. You wouldn't believe how grateful these kids are for my services!  :-) The jar is currently empty because I am about to treat myself to a Starbucks Frappuccino with what I just took out of it.

tip jar for the laundry room

Ok, and funny story but I saw a beautiful laundry space years ago and they had those cute blue balls displayed. I figured they must be practical to throw in your dryer with clothes so I bought a few. Yeah, I never remember to put them in the dryer and with how many loads we do it kind of gets annoying to take them out every time. So now I use them to add some fitting decor to the space...maybe one day I will start using them again...or maybe that's what happened to the original beautiful space that I saw...and now they are just decor. :-)

I also grabbed an unused wicker basket to hold all of the Shout bottles and fabric softener.

storing Shout bottles in the laundry room

Last but not least I added some needed bins and labels. I had some green bins from our craft room that weren't being used now that we switched up that space. I used my easy laminating method to create some labels at home and grabbed a white board marker to also create some hand written ones. 

Even though we have a basket upstairs designated for clothes that need to be sorted, I kept finding that I would wash items, pull them out of the dryer and remember that it didn't really fit one of the kids anymore. Instead of forgetting to grab it once the clothes went upstairs, now I can just toss it in the marked bin right by the room that we store all of our hand me down clothes in

The "fix me please" bin is designated for pants with holes, stuffed animals waiting way too long in surgery and odds and ends that need some extra love and care...things like some glue or a button. :-) 

And well, every laundry room needs a place for random socks waiting to find their long lost love.

lost socks

It didn't take me long at all to spruce up this space, make a few labels and enjoy some cleared out and cleaned up white, wide open spaces. Ahhh, pure bliss. :-)

the laundry room is all clean



How do you organize your laundry space? Ok and be honest...do you have and USE those blue ball thingys?!?

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21 comments:

  1. LOL! About the blue ball things. And, super fantastic that you had enough tip money to treat yourself to a yummy drink! :P

    Looking good, Sarah! I may have to copy your "fix me please" bin. What a great idea. I usually throw that stuff in a pile somewhere and subsequently forget about it. lol

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    1. Julie,

      LOL, I usually forget about it too...but at least now whenever I remember I know where to find everything. I almost labeled the bin..."Grandma, please fix me." :-)

      ~Sarah

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  2. Funny you should ask about the blue ball thingys..we DO use them however ours are lime green and we are currently missing one. I'm assuming it's in a sleeve of some garment somewhere. We always manage to locate them again sooner or later!

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    1. Anna,

      I am glad to know that they do get used! Hmmmm, green...I've never seen those ones before.

      ~Sarah

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  3. Turns out the blue ball things make much better dog toys than fabric softeners. :)

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    1. Deidre,

      Too funny, I totally laughed out loud. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  4. I love how you made your laundry area look cute without a complete remodel. I normally skip over laundry room redos because our laundry area is a stacked unit in the three seasons room. Your redo has inspired me to try and make even that tiny space look cute.

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  5. Haha I love your question because my answer is really that I don't have an organization strategy. I have our cleaning bottles lined up nicely on a shelf but that's about it. But now that I see what you've done, I'm thinking of all the extra wicker baskets we have laying around in our spare closet that could easily be put to use in the laundry room. Thanks for the idea :)

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    1. Maria,

      Yay, for wicker baskets! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  6. I love the pops of color and how you have it organized now! It looks great! :) Thank you for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!

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  7. I have been trying to organize and prettify our laundry room. I love that yours is neat and orderly now with simple solutions. Great share!

    BTW - I tried to link over to chek out your laminating method and I don't think it links to a post on that...? Just a heads up! :) I searched your site to find it though.

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    1. I'm so glad you like it and thank you so much for letting me know about the link. It is all fixed now! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  8. Love how you've organised it without the whole repaint/redecorate shebang! I'm a little jealous of all of you with basement laundry rooms. My laundry shares space with my kids' shower and toilet for the moment. We are about to move to a heritage listed house where the laundry is the old scullery! Not quite sure how that space is going to work.

    And no, I don't use dryer balls - I wouldn't even know where to get them. I prefer to dry my clothes in the bright Aussie sunshine.

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    1. Kaz,

      I would choose the bright Aussie sunshine over dryer balls any day! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  9. Dryer balls work great for when you are drying bulky coats and blankets. I wish you could come help me with my laundry "room". Its more of a hallway with machines in it and no place in my whole house for my extra clothes baskets. At least there's cabinets above the machines so I can hide things.

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  10. This looks great! I use wool dryer balls & they work great. There are 6 balls & they live in the dryer. As I empty the dryer, I put the balls on top. Once all the clothes are in the basket, the balls go back in the dryer. Yes, sometimes we have a few escapees, but they make their way back to the dryer to do their magic. I think they help quite a bit with drying time (I have the option to use a sensor on my dryer instead of a time & I like that a lot) :D Thanks for sharing! :D

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    1. Great idea to store them right in the dryer! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  11. Hey, I love your blog! You seem so down to earth about life, and I like finding someone like that to read.
    About the blue laundry balls? Well, I used to have them, but they were SO loud, and you weren't supposed to leave them in the dryer because the temperature change from hot dryer to cold air coming in the vent would crack them. I have switched to the Norwex brand ones now- they're green, softer (so they don't make so much noise), and you can leave them in the dryer cuz they won't crack! I love them. I have also seen a Pinterest project where she made her own with wool yarn, and then felted them in hot water wash/hot dryer that I thought were cool.
    However, I think for a couple bucks from your dollar store, those blue dryer balls in a nice glass jar make a cute and cheap decorative statement (use newer ones cuz regular usage will change the color to a weird faded/grey/blue tone).
    Anyways, that's what I had to say/think on the topic, lol.

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  12. The blue balls i don't use, but something quite similar woolen balls ( Eco-nut dryer woolies) and put essential oils on them about once a month. I have been using them for awhile now and have found the perfect solution to not losing them. as the laundry is being emptied I find it and throw it back in the dryer. the woolies are about twice the size of tennis balls though and it works out well. my cloths have never been softer and we never have to invest in dryer sheets!! $$$

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