I had my mind set on painting a piece of furniture. I didn’t plan for today’s #makeovermonday project to include a full makeover of the laundry room…
That’s the AFTER, by the way!
Although, our laundry room needed help. Desperately. In the worst kind of way.
Yep, that’s the raw BEFORE – in all its glory.
Honestly, besides the clothes running over and out of each hamper and all of the snow days gear piled in the middle, it wasn’t THAT BAD!
It’s been worse, believe me.
I’ve been working on my schedule during the week and making my days a bit more intentional. Mondays have been deemed laundry days – a day where I stay home ALL day, do laundry and catch up on whatever else I need to in our home or for work. No errands. No meetings or appointments (if I can help it). Just home. Laundry.
This also gives me permission to let the laundry go for the rest of the week. I know that Monday is coming and I can tackle it all at one time.
So, this morning I got busy and went to pull out the towel hamper from the corner.
What I noticed on our wall, was not what I expected to find.
Y’ALL. CLOROX WAS RUNNING DOWN OUR WALL AND EATING THROUGH OUR CABINETS AND EATING AWAY AT OUR SHEETROCK!!
This is not a joke. More on the Clorox mishap in tomorrow’s blog and how I spent hours cleaning up and cleaning out our laundry room. And advice on how to never store your Clorox. Learn from me.
Since we had to clean up bleach, everything had to come out of the laundry room. This is actually the best way to start a makeover – with a clean slate.
Then, I wanted to put our laundry room back together with practical spaces that work for our family. There has been so much wasted space in our laundry room and I’m not sure exactly why. Time to change.
One important point: I was not going to allow myself to purchase ANYTHING for this makeover. We have enough stuff in our house and I knew I could find what I needed to make it work.
First, this little work station on the wall. I’ve had these shelves sitting empty in my closet for months unused. I knew they would be perfect to sit a basket on top, and also give space for storage.
I haven’t filled all of the baskets yet because I want to be purposeful with what goes in. It needs to be practical and items that are used often. Also, childproof items – no cleaners or chemicals that little hands could easily get into.
Next, I made better use of the shelf above our row of hangers.
The first clear containers hold items we use often that have been shoved into cabinets or put into hampers. Now they are organized and easily accessible.
Next, there’s a hamper with those unique items that have to be washed by themselves – you know, new darks or blankets or whatever.
Then we have the kids suitcases. I’ll share more tomorrow about my secret for storing items inside those suitcases.
Lastly, our container for my homemade laundry detergent. I poured the last scoop into my smaller container this morning. Time to make some more – I only make it once or twice a year!
Over on the other side of the wall, I put a little table to raise the towel hamper – and hide some of the Clorox disaster on the wall.
Here I stored my baking soda and vinegar. I’ve been adding these items to each load in the washer. They make our clothes much fresher and softer. Also, the vinegar helps to minimize static electricity.
I’m pretty excited about how the laundry room turned out today!
Not bad for an unexpected makeover!
Oh, and in case you’re wondering. I didn’t finish all the laundry since I spent half the day cleaning Clorox…the hallway is still full.
Looks like I’ll have to keep going….whew, it could be a late night! HA!
Check back tomorrow and I’ll share more about how we handled our Clorox disaster and give more tips on how I created practical storage space in our laundry room that works for our family.
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