More cleaning than usually goes on in the laundry room…

Although I’ve tackled a few disaster areas in my home in the past few weeks – most notably my kitchen and sitting room (that’s living room to all my American friends) – there was one space that I had completely neglected. My laundry room is tiny but, because it’s got a counter that runs the length of it and because it’s right next to the kitchen, it becomes a dumping ground. And, you know, the piles of laundry don’t help either. So today I decided to tackle it. Here’s what it looked like before:

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Pretty shameful, huh? The pile of clothes in the background is waiting to be washed, while the pile in the foreground is waiting to be ironed and put away. But, as you can see, no real sense of rhyme or reason, and various items in there that definitely don’t belong in the laundry room. Can you imagine how I feel every time I look at it? Stressed, ashamed, pathetic, disorganised… And, though I know the black jumper I want to wear is in there somewhere, I daren’t disturb the pile for fear of it toppling over. Something had to be done, if only for my peace of mind.

Luckily, I went to IKEA last week and spotted these handy little things:

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It’s a frame with sliding tubs (from the Antonius range), plus a basket I picked up to corral all our washing tablets, detergents, stain removers, etc. The tubs came in two sizes, so I bought two small and one large. And then it was just a matter of putting it all together (less than ten minutes), separating the piles of clothes into their new homes, and using a marker to label the handle of each tub. Et VOILA:

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Now on to the rest of the counter. After removing everything that didn’t belong there and re-homing it, I tidied up the space and was left with a lovely warm, fuzzy feeling. BEHOLD!

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OK, it’s not quite up to Martha Stewart’s standard, but it’s a big improvement and, for now, I’m very pleased with it. It makes me feel much less stressed when I walk in, because it’s no longer in complete chaos. The tubs keep the clothes separated so I don’t have to go trawling through a huge mountain to try to find all the whites, the ironing pile is neatly stacked in the blue and black crate, and all the cleaning bits and bobs (bar a few spares which will get used up quite quickly) are kept together in my little brown basket. Not only does everything seem much more manageable, but I can now see at a glance what cleaning products need replacing.

So not just a more organised room, but a mood-booster too. A clean home place makes for a happy head space!

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10 comments on “More cleaning than usually goes on in the laundry room…

    • Ha ha. Yes, great to reclaim some counter space! I don’t know how I coped before IKEA came along. I took the bus out last Saturday (about an hour’s journey) and spent several hours there. Needless to say my credit card took a bit of a battering. πŸ˜‰ I brought home all the smaller items, and they delivered the bigger items to me the very next day. Lots of little projects to be getting on with now. Watch this space!

  1. Awesome job! Just seeing your organized laundry room makes me want to do my laundry but then again seeing MY unorganized laundry room makes me want to get back to the P.O.Y.E.L. group to admire the work everyone else has accomplished. Perhaps I’ll take a net free day tomorrow and organize my laundry room πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing yours!

    • My only plan at the time was to put together the frame and tubs. But then, of course, I wanted to fill them. Then one thing led to another… I had the whole space done in about 30 minutes. Amazing what you can get done when you start small!

      Best of luck with yours! If you have any questions at all, ask away. And make sure you share the finished product! =)

    • Thanks for providing the link-up in the first place! =) Having everything neat and tidy, and being able to see it all at a glance, definitely promotes a sense of calm. It’s funny how little things like that can make such a huge difference, and encourage you to make the change in other areas.

  2. I love it. We are in the process of reclaiming our home, room by room. I am feeling the need to purge and organize. This after is a great motivation for me. So glad you linked up at Point of View!
    xoxo,
    Amy

    • I’m in the same process myself. Blogs and Pinterest are a great source of inspiration for me. So wonderful to hear that my little project motivated you. It’s amazing how little time it actually takes, as opposed to how much time our heads think it will take. πŸ˜‰

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