As I told you in this post, I’ve been able to discover a whole new sense of order in my life–and part of that is going through my house and making places pretty. Each week, my My Home Routines App has a new section of the house for me to work on. I spend 15 minutes a day cleaning it (using the checklist in my app). And once I get through that list, I get to make it a little more pretty.
Here is a snapshot of the laundry room. And no joke, this is what my laundry room ALWAYS looks like:
(Pardon the crappy quality of that photo. But trust me–better quality won’t make that room look any better).
It doubles as a diaper station–which is stupid, because I pretty much always change my kids’ diapers on the floor or wherever I can catch them. Because I am reviewing diapers, I have a bunch in my rotation. I hate having the diaper pail in here because it always feels stinky and stinks up my house. I saw a video that Jen at I Heart Organizing did where she saw that her husband was putting his clothes on the floor in a certain place, and so she put a hamper there instead. It made me re-think our own routine and how we could organize our house around that. Why on EARTH was I going to my son’s room, getting his clothes, going to the laundry room to get a diaper, then going to chase after him? Why not skip a step?
So I moved the diapers to my son’s room, the diaper pail to the garage, and made this a laundry-room only space!
Here are the details…
I first ran around to SEVERAL different stores–trying to find inspiration. But really, I came home and found inspiration from my house. Everything I used came right from my home. I spent NO extra money.
I found an old frame in our garage and decided I wanted a laundry quote in there. I went to my computer, found this phrase, and so I designed this little graphic to put in the sign.
We always have extra socks. I NEVER throw away a mismatched sock. Which is why we have about 100….some I’ve been holding on to for years in hopes that the prodigal sock will come back. It never does..
So I used an old fabric bin that I got at Target (they still sell them in the laundry section and there are even cute ones with patterns). Then I designed this little “Missing Socks” sign and used a clothes pin to attach it:
I took some of these old glass containers (Ikea) that I ambitiously thought would store sourdough starter (did you know you have to replenish your starter every week? Lame! Ain’t nobody got time for that). I filled them with Dollar Store clothes pins and dryer sheets:
Now I go through so much work to get the laundry room clean…but you know what always ruins it? That dang dryer lint! We always have to stick it SOMEWHERE because there’s no way I am running to the garbage can every time I change a load of laundry. But garbage cans are so UGLY. Instead, I made up this disguised lint holder. I just used a pot that I had purchased at the Dollar Store a few months ago. I stuck a glass jar in there (this holds up the flower), and I plucked a stray flower from a wreath I had in the house. Boom:
You know you want to pin that awesomeness. It’s not really much of a disguise. Every guest that has come over I’ve taken them into my room and shown them my secret lint place. Yes, I’m a dork, I know. But it was just so EXCITING!
Now I should add, all of this (besides looking at stores and finding NOTHING) took all of one nap time! Quick makeover.
Let’s see it again:
My husband joked with me and said I’ve told him about how much I love this laundry room every day. I really do! It’s my new happy place in my home—so I better get cracking on a different place to beautify…because a laundry room as a happy place is just straight up crazy.
I’d love to see some of your laundry room makeovers! Feel free to link to them in comments.