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 Our outdated, peeling paint, broken faucet blue bathroom comes in a close second!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.
I'm not sure why I had so many rolls of paper towel lying around...
or random baskets for that matter.
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.
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.
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.
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. :-)
How do you organize your laundry space? Ok and be honest...do you have and USE those blue ball thingys?!?
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