Welcome to Week 12 of the Whole House Organization (WHO) Challenge, where my aim is to organize every room in my home in 14 weeks or less.
There are only two more weeks to go in this challenge so let's make it count. Today we're organizing the laundry room. This post will be especially challenging for me. Why? Well, because I don't actually have a laundry room. Keep reading as I explain
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First, let me ask. Do you remember this?
For those of you scratching your head I bewilderment, wondering what the heck I'm talking about, several months ago, I did a post on How to Decorate on a Slim Budget.
In it I explain how I planned to use the two end tower pieces of the unit above (which I purchased for only $75), for another project. Well that project is my soon-to-be laundry room.
After painting the two end towers, and selling the center cabinet, I ended up with the two pieces you see on the right in the photo above.
We had some dead space in a small portion of our L-shaped basement that was serving absolutely no purpose at all. In fact, as is the case with most unused spaces, it became a dumping ground for all kinds of stuff. You can see evidence of that in the photo below.
So I suggested to my husband that we turn it into a utility closet. But the more I thought about it, the more the idea of a laundry room/utility closet appealed to me.
Sure, I'd love a dedicated laundry room, but in a small space, it's not always practical. Besides, the laundry is now located in an unfinished portion of our basement which will eventually be revamped to accommodate my husband's office and a small half bath. So I had to seize the opportunity! Anywhoo... cut to the chase... here's what the "laundry room" looks like so far.
No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. That is NOT a real washer and dryer. It's a mock set that I made with the exact measurements if a real washer/dryer.
You see, my husband is one of those people who needs to "see" an idea before he's completely on board with it. Whenever I ask him about a hair cut, a new outfit, or a new concept, his answer is always the same: "Hmmm...I have to see it on, or try it out first". This is especially the case when it comes to home decor.
So before going out to purchase any new appliances, I meticulously measured every inch of this space to make sure it they would fit. Here is how I mapped out my plan.
As you can see, this space is not large by any means. But I managed to get everything we had inside of it, with a few shelves to spare. If you're struggling with organizing your small laundry closet, here are some tips that might help:
1. Pull out everything and separate into three piles: donate, discard, and keep
2. Give every think a good scrub, and paint if necessary to freshen up the space
3. Map out your plan - Create an inventory list of all of the items you will need in your laundry room. Use this handy project worksheet to measure the areas of your space and decide what storage solutions are needed. Use the backside to draw your plan.
4. Label Everything - EVERYTHING - Sometimes when you're tired, you just need to be TOLD what to do. A label can do that for you. So use them generously. I used the "piling"system to organize this space. So when typing out the labels, I included an itemized list (in smaller print) of what each bin contained. In large print I typed the general category.
5. Make it Easy
An overly complicated organization system will never work in real time. Know your Organization Style and adapt to it.
This still needs a lot of tweaking, but I'm sufficiently pleased for now. I'm excited to see the final look of the space, and will be sure to update you on it. For now though, I'd love to know how you organize your laundry room? Do you have a linear laundry closet or a full one?
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Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Make yourself comfortable, and feel free to "shop" my ideas.
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