Laundry Room Makeover

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This laundry room makeover is one of my all-time favorite organizing posts, and believe it or not, this laundry re-organization that I posted almost one year ago today STILL looks this good. (The only issue I’ve had is with clothes to be ironed . . . if someone wants to hire me a laundress I’d really, really appreciate it!) If you have a tiny laundry room like I do, don’t lose heart . . . you can get yours organized too. ;)

 

 

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(originally posted January 2012)

I’m going to just go right ahead and share our dirty laundry (quite literally!) here today. :) I’ve spent the last five years detesting our laundry room, because it felt like there just wasn’t any hope for a cute-”Pinterested” laundry room. It’s tiny, and hidden away from just about everything as it’s upstairs, so we’ve had no motivation to do anything with it. (My husband looked at my laundry room board on Pinterest, and said “you know, those aren’t laundry rooms, those are living rooms!”)

But, I finally decided mine could be so much better than what it was (right?) Here’s what I’ve looked at for way too long (and I just went right ahead and took the pic in spite of the mass chaos . . . yikes!)

 

And here’s what it looks like after about five hours of work this week and $125. (It could have been done for way less moo-lah, but I decided to splurge a little on the baskets at Target. . . .)

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I found the paint at Lowe’s for $5 in their mis-matched paint bin (always watch those bins!), and purchased the baskets for $20 each at Target (which was way too much, but they were so perfect!) The verse was at Hobby Lobby in their vinyl lettering section, and I used a 40% off coupon, which made it $14. All my bargain Tide, Resolve, and Publix Bleach are now safely stored up above in the baskets, and you don’t see them . . . WOOHOO! (The wreath was actually hanging in a different spot in our home and I’m not sure that I love it, but I’m hoping to find a spring colored wreath in the after-Easter clearance sales.)

 

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I even took a few minutes to cut my fabric softener sheets in half (half works just as well as one, and is a great way to pinch an extra penny!)

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I’ve actually kept it this clean since Tuesday (wooohoo!), and am amazed at the difference that having an organized area to work in makes.  I even purchased tons of plastic hangers, which are just complete luxury. (I know that sounds nuts, but I’ve never purchased a hanger in my life! I finally got tired though of fighting wire hangers, so I decided that at this point in my life they were worth the splurge.)

Obviously the biggest change in the laundry room was getting the laundry done, and more importantly, put away. I hadn’t really ironed in over six months, so all those clothes had just about taken over. Last Sunday I took my laptop to the laundry room, put on a free Amazon Prime movie, and worked for a solid 2 1/2 hours just ironing (eek!) Here’s the conclusion that I came to: I can procrastinate as much as I want, but the ironing takes as long to do today as it does if I wait and do it in two weeks, or even six monthsSo, I’m determining to keep on top of this, because I never want to see that mess again!

 

Do you have any other suggestions on how to organize a tiny laundry room? I’d love to hear them, so feel free to leave a comment HERE to share!

 

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  1. Love the inspiration to keep things tidy in the laundry room. It looks fabulous! Now if Tide would just take the cancer-linked 1,4 dioxane out of its detergent making process (see Women’s Voices for the Earth for details) that would be so much more reassuring to our families.

  2. Angie Phillips says:

    Your new Laundry Room looks wonderful! I can fully relate to the Ironing situation. One thing that has helped me is having a Drop-down ironing board. They have them at Lowe’s & Home Depot and with a coupon aren’t too expensive. The one I have has the iron and a good light built in & had to be wired in.
    Btw:
    Thank You so much for all the effort you put into your website. After the dreaded ‘extreme coupon show’ I had pretty much quit couponing- until one day I was googling for ‘frugality’ & stumbled upon PPP!
    You showed me that there are still some of us who shop with integrity – who share with others when we can, take 3-4 items only and leave some on the shelf – because we know these deals cycle back around and in a few months can have quite a nice stockpile.
    Thanks Again! For inspiring me to coupon again, be a better mother, better cook,have to admit I’m falling behind on the organizing- but because of you- I know that’s ok too! :)

    • Thank you so much Angie! I’m so glad PPP helps encourage you…. I’m no extreme couponer, but I do love saving some money. Your kind words really made my day, and I appreciate that so much. :)

      I would LOVE to find a drop down ironing board ~ but I’m wondering if my room is too small? I’ll have to look the next time I’m at Lowe’s! Thanks for the tip!!!

  3. I’m looking at the “before” pics and thinking that there is nothing wrong with that. Looks a lot better than my laundry room, and “iron, what’s that?” :-)
    Wish I had your ambition !

    • I just dream of having a beautiful huge laundry, but I’ll settle for this! And I’m about to forget the meaning of ironing too…. ;)

  4. I have to share my laundry room with the dogs. I would love to just have a laundry room to myself!

    • I understand! We took in a cat for a short while (before realizing my husband was allergic), and sharing my tiny laundry room with a litter box was not easy at all. It definitely makes those laundry rooms smaller! :)

  5. What is in all of the baskets on the top shelf? Looks super cute.

    • My stockpile of laundry detergent, extra grocery sacks for trash upstairs (not sure why, but that’s where they ended up) and mismatched socks to be worked on! ;)

  6. Looks awesome!! Great job getting all of that put away….are you able to use the hooks for coats anymore or were the hooks originally being used for ironing “to-do”?

    • They’re definitely used for ironing to-do – that’s probably my all-time most hated household chore! :) Since tidying it I have tried to get to where I work on it at least once a week (after seeing how much less clutter was in there when I kept up with my ironing I was definitely motivated to keep up with it a little more!)

  7. Where do you put all of the dirty laundry to be sorted? I have an unfinished basement laundry room that I share with the water heater, furnace and sump pump so I woul really love to be able to have my laundry room upstairs. But I need my laundry sorter and I don’t know where it would go in that space! Amen on the ironing! We barely wear clothes that require ironing because I just don’t do it. :)

    • Hi Kelly! Because I do laundry every day here (usually a load of whites or colors – alternating), my kids bring their dirty clothes to the basket on the right side of the room (you can see it in the corner), and I just sort through it each morning when I start a load. When our house was on the market a few months ago I had to completely stay on top of laundry all the time for about 6 weeks, so just having that one bin was enough (but I know that won’t work for everyone!)

      You can see more on (kind of) how we handle laundry here – just having a schedule has helped so much! Now I usually wash and dry it during the day (because I didn’t like running the dryer at night), and that’s worked for us. Hope that helps!

      http://passionatepennypincher.com/2011/01/how-do-you-keep-up-with-laundry-at-your-home/

  8. Love

  9. Mary Elizabeth McClellan says:

    We have the accordion style doors as we have one of those laundry closets in a hallway at the back of the house in lieu of an actual walk in laundry room like our old home. One of the things I immediately missed was the ability to hang dry clothes as there was not any room to do so in our new little laundry room without them hitting the washing machine or dryer, or looking horribly cluttered. I purchased several of the over the door towel hooks and use them on the outside of the accordion doors to hang dress pants, dresses, and skirts up. It works like a charm! If we are expecting company, I simply transfer the hooks to the back of the guest room door and let the clothes finish drying out in there out of sight. :)

  10. Ashley Williams says:

    What is that your washer is sitting on?

  11. You must be tall. We could never use those baskets.

  12. Dianna Webb says:

    Have a 14 x 15 washroom feel blessed

  13. Dianna Webb says:

    That is incase it floods the tray protects the floor

  14. Where did all the hanging clothes go?

  15. Nan Butler says:

    Where in AL are you?????
    When you run out of projects you can come here (near Montg) and organize an organizationally challenged grandma and my disabled vet grandpa!!!
    Looks great! Enjoy your posts on FB!

  16. Deanna Gambrell says:

    My idea of ironing=put the clothes in the dryer with a wet face cloth for a bout 5 minutes+hang up immediately! :)

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