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:
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:
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:
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!
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!