Project Organization: the Laundry Room

Well hello!  I’ve got a quick and easy organization project for you guys today!  It only took me about 30 minutes to complete.  Luckily, I already had on hand lots of bins and baskets for storage solutions.  :) Here’s where it all started… in the laundry room:

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Notice how the top shelf looks cluttered and chaotic.  It is a sore sight for the eyes!  This shelf serves a number of purposes though.  It is home to the laundry supplies {obviously!}, the pet supplies for Hurley, spare towels {mostly for Hurley when it’s wet outside}, the dish towels, and my growing collection of mason jars, wine bottles, and vegetable tin cans {it’s a crafty-girl kind of thing… I’m sure we’ll be seeing some of these re-purposed in an upcoming post}  ;)

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To the left of the washing machine, you notice a tall shelf that houses a number of our large kitchen items.  This was a project I completed in January {before I started the blog} because our rather large kitchen didn’t have enough room for all of the amazing wedding gifts we received.  It is two small shelves stacked on top of each other and held together with zip-ties.  The shelves are from Walmart.  They were out of the tall one and I didn’t want to wait to complete the project I had in mind, therefore, I ended up with two small ones and got creative!  :)

In order to organize the space, I took the following steps:

  1. Think about the purpose of the space.  What stays and what should go?
  2. Take all things that don’t belong and give them a new home with like items.
  3. Throw out any items that are no longer used {some of my old laundry cleaners were still lurking in this space}
  4. Use baskets and bins to conceal items.  {Walmart, Target and the Dollar store are great places to find these cheap}
  5. Shuffle things around until all items are arranged in an organized way that makes sense to you. Make sure items that you use regularly are within reach and easy to get to!

Here is what the laundry room looks like now:

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Isn’t it amazing what a couple of baskets can do?!?!

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Using baskets, bins, plastic containers, etc to conceal like items is one of the easiest organization tricks in the book!  Also, labeling each of those containers with a tag or sticky label would be the next best trick I would suggest.  Labels help people know where things belong and are especially important if you want people other than you to put things back where you intended them to go.  ;)

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Here, the dish towels got a new home.  I separated them into two stacks: one with our plain white dish towels and the other with all of our colored ones.  There were also a few cleaning rags living in the stack before the organization overhaul, but they now have a new home with all of the other cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink.

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Here, the old laundry supplies are gone.  The iron and spare towels have been pushed to the far left corner because they aren’t regularly used, therefore, they don’t need to be as easily accessible as the laundry soap, dish towels, and Hurley’s pet supplies which are used most often in this space.

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In the small wicker basket, Hurley’s pet supplies got cleaned out and re-organized.  They were already housed in this basket, but there were a lot of old supplies in there from when he was a puppy that we no longer needed or used.  {More to come on this later}  My mason jars and vegetable tin cans are now hidden inside of the blue plastic bins.  I got the bins from the dollar store about a month ago, knowing I might need them for an upcoming project.  :)  You can never have enough storage containers in my opinion!

Well, that’s all for now.  Hope you like the transformation as much as I do.  See you soon!

Crafting a life homemade,

{courtney}

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