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Laundry Room Organization

Laundry Room Organization

Hi! I thought I’d start off with a funny laundry meme.  Do you ever feel like that?  I sure do!

I’ve been trying to finish up organizing this darn laundry room for weeks now, but, well, life gets in the way.  It took a while to get the sink and countertop installed and then my husband and I (it was mostly him as I watched and ‘assisted’) managed to hang shelves in there (we used the inexpensive wire ones from Home Depot) so I could finally get organizing.

I don’t have any side by side ‘before/after’ pictures to show you of the old laundry room vs. the new laundry room, like I did with the kitchen reveal and dining room reveal, because we destroyed the old one and moved it upstairs to the brand new part of the house.  The laundry room used to be just outside of the kitchen as you come in from the garage.  However we used this space to add the stairs that lead up to our newly added second floor (and added a powder bath at the bottom of the stairs).  When we were working with the architect I knew I wanted to have the laundry upstairs and they agreed that the best place to add the stairs we needed was in the old laundry room spot anyway which meant I could get my wish for an upstairs laundry room.  I also knew I wanted a bigger laundry room in the House house then we had in our old house but it didn’t need to be huge either.  I feel like its just the right size and serves its purpose and offers plenty of storage.  Overall, moving the laundry upstairs has been great and makes putting clothes and towels away much easier.

I don’t know about you but the amount of laundry we do around here is crazy.  I mean the damn towels alone!!! You’d think 38 people lived in this house, but nope, its just the four or us.  Don’t get me started.  HA!  Thankfully the hubby does his own laundry, but I do mine and the kids (which is A LOT). We both do towels.  Well, he washes the towels and then they sit in the basket or piled up somewhere until I fold them. Can anyone relate?

I wanted to pretty up this space since, lets face it, doing laundry is not the most exciting or fun household task.  At least not for me.  Here it is looking all messy and stuff.

Laundry Room, Before
Laundry Room, Before

I already had most of these bins and containers, which I purchased at Target a few years back.  The laundry room in our old house was just a hallway that lead in from the garage.  It had a utility closet and 2 shelves for storage. At one point a few years ago, I went on a laundry room organizing tear, hence purchasing all the bins.  I had found this on Pinterest and pretty much copied what she did.  In any case, they look good in here too and add some nice color.

Laundry Room, In Progress
Laundry Room, In Progress

Those of us with cats know the ugliness and smelliness of the litter box.  We have two indoor cats and two litter boxes.  We put them under the sink as you can see from the first picture below. I couldn’t stand looking at them any longer so I made these little curtains to cover them up.

I got the fabric at Hobby Lobby.  Of course the fabric I liked and thought would match the best was not on sale and pricier than most.  What can I say? I’ve got expensive taste!  But, you gotta love those 40% off coupons that you can get from their website.  All you have to do is flash the coupon to the cashier from your phone to get the deal. I also needed some tension rods which I got at Target.  To make the curtain, all I did was measure what height I needed, cut the fabric to size,  folded over the top then used my glue gun to create a seam to put the tension rod in.   Not to complicated and no sewing involved (and I didn’t really care if they were ‘perfect’ since it is the laundry room after all) and they slide open fairly easy when it is time to scoop out the mess.  Thankfully this is one of my husband’s jobs.  Thanks honey!

I found this “Laundry Room, Help Wanted” sign on Amazon and thought it was cute. I also added some of my beach photography (can you see the heart in the photo on the far right?  I took that in the Bahamas a few years ago.  It was the view from our hotel room and I spotted it right away. How appropriate since who doesn’t ‘heart’ the Bahama’s, amiright?)

Here is an up close look at one of the bins and sign.  I found these free printable signs from the Better Homes and Gardens web site and used a laundry clip to attach them to the bins.

Laundry Room organization
Laundry Room organization

There are still some things I want to finish up in here.  I need a clothes drying rack and might try to DIY one.  Just need to get all the supplies and get ‘er done.  Stay tuned for that. But for now it is 100% better than it was before.

Here is a before/after for ya. Looks much better, right?  Makes doing laundry a little bit better.

And here are a few more funny laundry memes that I thought would make you laugh. I am guilty of the middle one.  ALL THE TIME!