#trashouttuesday / learn from us – lessons from a Clorox disaster

the daily Starr trash out tuesday

In case you missed it, I discovered a hidden disaster creeping down our laundry room wall yesterday.

Oh yes, all the way down to the baseboards.

What you see is a mix of crystallized Clorox mixed with decaying wood. The decaying wood would be from the inside of our upper cabinets.

Lovely.

Learn from us, friends. Don’t ever store your bottles of Clorox in the cabinets. I will from now until forever keep Clorox bottles safely in the garage. If I even keep anymore Clorox around…I mean, I never use it anyways!!

Brian found me all kinds of tools to start scraping the Clorox off the wall.

The only tool that worked was the one on the left. And it sure did scrape the sheetrock right off too. Ooops. Oh, well. The wall is going to have to be repaired regardless.

Don’t use an ice scraper. In case you were wondering, I started seeing black specs everywhere. Yep, the Clorox was EATING AWAY AT THE PLASTIC.

So, here you have it. Our messed up wall.

I figure we’ll have all kinds of repairs that need to be made in this home and might as well do them all AFTER we move out. HA! I just covered the corner up with hamper for now.

Since we emptied the entire laundry room out to clean up the mess, I noticed that the shelf on the opposite wall was literally about to come out of the wall. There was a random nail on the floor where a bracket had already come loose. Thank goodness we caught that before I came home to a shelf full of clean clothes on the floor!

Brian fixed that shelf and then it was time to start putting items back. Here is what the shelf looks like now:

Let’s break a few things down.

That first storage container.

Pretty sure I’ve had it since college. I moved tons of items that we use often out of our cabinet to make them more accessible and organized. I didn’t realize how many items in our cabinet were in boxes that were taking up sooo much room.

I got rid of the bulky boxes and put items into the clear container drawers and now our cabinet is a lot more manageable.

Much better!

Next, those suitcases.

These belong to our kids and I have been storing them in the laundry room for a while now. I’m not sure why, but I’ve been storing them EMPTY. What a waste of space!!

Now – my new secret – inside those suitcases I keep our snow bibs! They are perfect to stuff inside the suitcases and easily accessible when we need them.

Then I added a hamper to keep things that need to be washed alone. Those items always end up on the floor sitting to the side of a basket so I don’t mix them up and ruin our clothes. This helps with floor clutter and keeps those items away from the other baskets and the chance of getting washed together.

This #trashouttuesday rocked and I’m so excited about the progress we made in our unexpected makeover for the week, thanks to Clorox.

To the future residents of our house, don’t worry. We’ll fix the wall before we leave 🙂

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