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I know this isn't my usual type of post, but with spring cleaning in full swing, I wanted to take some time and highlight what we're doing around CasaCullen to get better organized for the remainder of this year. First up, the laundry room. I loathed this room. It was disorganized, cluttered and had no floor space at all. I mean, I'd literally lunge in there to put clothes in the washer and looked like Gumby trying to take them out of the dryer. I just realized something had to be done...pronto!
We're not all the way there just yet...as I can't wait to paint the interior a really great color and add more shelving too. So you can bet your bucks that there will be a part two at a later date. But this is such a great start to getting our lives more organized and in order so I just had to share. Let me walk you through a quick tutorial below (click any images to enlarge) on what we did to make this space work better for our lifestyle.
Check out that serious mess above! Bags hanging everywhere and a dryer piled high...ick! You can even see our new shelf just sitting up there on the upper right. Yep, it's been sitting there for weeks, just waiting to go on the wall, ha! See, even we're total slackers at times. Also, that step ladder has now found a home in the coat closet under the stairs. Where it used to reside is now where the ironing board goes. All the cans of spray paint are now on their own shelf in the garage and the industrial sized bottle of Simple Green has been moved to where all the cleaning supplies are...under the kitchen sink.
So here's CC Hubby above installing our wall organizer from Lowe's for around $8 and take my advice in this one...it's worth every penny. It holds up to five items so our broom, mop and two dusters have now found a great new home. If you're battling for floor space with all your cleaning supplies, this is a great option to get them up on the wall and out of the way.
Basket/shelf time! CC Hubby has finally gotten around to adding that extra wire shelf that has been sitting there for weeks, un-used. I knew I wanted some added storage in addition to the hanging baskets underneath the shelves. We have a box of everyday tools that I wanted to put on the new shelf, along with our iron and spray starch.
Yay, finally the dryer is all cleaned off above and the shelf is sitting pretty in all her glory. That junk box is chock full of nails, a measuring tape, painters tape, packaging tape and random odds and ends from the hubby. He's known to just lay his 'boy stuff' on the dryer (as you've seen in many images above) so now he has an awesome little box that he can stash all his goodies and then he can go through it on a monthly basis. It'll be all his decision to either throw things away or put them in their correct place.
I also did some serious cleaning of both the washer and dryer. Using our trusty and eco-friendly Seventh Generation all-purpose spray, I got all the dust and dirt out of every nook and cranny and both appliances look brand spankin' new.
We also added a laundry basket on top of the dryer for used dish towels, napkins (we use cloth napkins 99% of the time) and anything else that is up for a good washing...like pillow covers. This way, everything stays neat and organized. Also, we keep much of our laundry room stuff in baskets which helps too. What's in those multitude of baskets? Let me take some time and dissect that for you.
On the upper left is a basket filled with all our reusable shopping bags. Then our laundry detergent in white and then all our water bottles in the next basket and then we have light bulbs in the smaller basket to the right of that. I've asked CC Hubby to build another shelf above these so we can use that storage space for things we seldom use or don't use year round (ie: the ice cream maker you see on the back right corner). So those shelves will be an upcoming project we tackle after I paint this interior.
Here's another view of our added storage and organization, above. We now use these side black wall baskets for recycling. If they're full, you take them out to the recycling trash can. It gets them off the floor and embarrassingly (look above) out of the mop bucket...yep, that's all CC Hubby, ha! Also, you can see our coffee mugs and beer koozies also have a basket too (upper right).
Lastly above, here's all our cleaning supplies on the nice, new wall rack. Seriously, a great way to spend $8 to make your life that much more in order. I also have my awesome Mrs. Cullen apron hanging right there for whenever I need it. Also, I have to giggle at the size chart on the trim from the previous owners. My fave part is that in the upper right you can see it says, "Dad - 4 ever!" I thought that was cute. But you know we will be painting over this trim when we paint the interior in the coming weeks. Buh-bye to the old owners growth chart!
Maybe you're wondering why I chose to share these before and afters with you, sweet readers. I believe we all have that area of our lives that causes chaos in our home without even knowing it. It might be that junk drawer or maybe your garage. Is it your guest room filled with clutter (yep, we have one) or your own master bath?
Regardless of where the chaos ensues, I think that telling yourself that you'll tackle that space in the next couples weeks by making it more manageable, user-friendly and organized is a great idea. I can't believe how much MORE I adore our laundry room after spending a few hours and a little less that $20 to make it a more organized space.
So what color am I think about painting our laundry room? I think I'm just going to check out the sale paint gallons and see what color was mis-mixed that I'm drawn to. Have you ever checked out that area at Home Depot and Lowe's? Oh my gosh, I love it and never miss it. So that's how I'm going to choose my $10 gallon of paint...SCORE!
If I'm honest with myself, it'll probably be a blue or green tone...but I'm leaving my options open until I feel drawn to one particular color. Hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it inspires you to tackle one of your chaotic areas. And, if you don't have any of those areas...I truly tip my hat to you!
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PS - Check out more of our great before and after tutorials: repaint and reupholster a stool, easy framed fabric wall art, paint terra cotta pots for added curb appeal and create an art wall background.