Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Laundry Room Makeover

Who's ready to see a laundry room before and after? I am, I am! Okay yes, I am the one who took it from before to after, but I am so excited to share it with you. It makes it seem more real, knowing that all of you are following along.

As I show you the befores, please remember not to judge. I'm sure you've been here at one point or another, and the only way to get past this point is to have a vision and go for it. If you are tempted to be mean or snarky, please read Keep It Happy! and do it! This is a happy blog and we are here to support each other!

And now. Without further ado. I give you the laundry room makeover BEFORE.


Shocking, right? See the dryer hiding there on the left? Behind all the... everything? We had to kind of squeeze in there just to use it. It's probably not surprising that we didn't do laundry very often. To be fair, the laundry room didn't always look this bad. These pics were taken immediately after a Halloween party, when we did the usual "omg where does this go, it has no place, find somewhere to hide it, the laundry room, put it in the laundry room QUICK!"

You've been there, right?

Now I'm sure you're curious what's hiding to the left... where the washer and dryer live. I'm pleased to tell you that area has always looked great.

Haha.



After the embarrassing last minute scramble before that party, I was determined to start my Happy Misadventures with this room. So here are the fabulous AFTER photos!




Look how clean and organized! Someday I will find a more attractive way to store the dog food, but for now I think this works just fine. The little white cabinet is holding all our pet supplies, though it may need to be exchanged soon for something with more storage.

These little bins and cute tray were all snatched up at Goodwill (my new favorite store) and hold regularly used pet supplies: dry shampoo, dental supplies, leashes, and brushes.


Found these cute "whicker" baskets at the Dollar Store (they are actually plastic! shhh...)


See that kleenex box? It's actually full of plastic shopping bags. They were taking up SO much space in our "before" laundry room and were exceptionally unattractive, so I was thrilled to stumble upon this little space saver (thank you, Pinterest)!


If you're wondering about the left side of the room, I fixed that, too!

I found these great storage bins on clearance at Wal-Mart and I knew they'd be perfect for sorting all the random things in the laundry room. The top shelf bins are full of: napkins and paper towels, extra plumbing fixtures, light bulbs, and touch-up paint supplies.


Eventually the laundry detergent and bleach will be poured into smaller bottles for easier pouring. For now, though, this works!


We discovered the hard way that potty training a puppy requires a lot of old towels, so finding a convenient spot for them was definitely a necessity. And I love having all white hangers for hang-dry items, it looks so streamlined!



It wasn't necessary to put the iron in a basket, but it looks much cleaner and since we don't iron very often it isn't too much of a hassle to haul it out (besides, I have a secret future plan for the iron). I also gathered all the squirt bottles together for a streamlined look. The blue bin in the middle is actually our Swiffer pads in their original packaging with the label pulled off. And the pencil box on top is filled with dryer sheets.


I forgot to take a before pic of the wall by the door, but trust me it was bad. Mostly because all the cleaning supplies were just slid in next to the washing machine. They were always falling over for us to trip on, and it was such a pain sorting through them to find the one we needed. It finally occured to me to move this rack off the wall (where it wasn't being used for anything except holding a plastic bag full of plastic bags) to the back of the door. Clutter problem solved!


Well folks, that's my new and improved laundry room. It's far from completed, I have so much more I want to do! But it's a start and I am so thrilled with it. I don't open the door and gaze in admiration with a dorky grin on my face or anything. At least, not often. Well, not more than 2 or 3 times a day. Or 4. Or, you know. All the time.

I am in love. I am so happy. This misadventure has turned into the highlight of my home. I fully intend greet all future guests with the phrase "Welcome to my home. Please, let me show you the laundry room!"

You think I'm kidding, don't you. Just wait, you'll see.

Just in case you've forgotten, let's take one more look at the BEFORE and AFTER photos.



BEFORE AFTER


What do you think?!? I would love to hear your Happy Thoughts, share share share!



This post has been linked to:


65 comments:

  1. Wow! I might need to take some pointers from you on this one. Our laundry room isn't too bad, but I think we definitely need a second shelf. We have one above the washer and dryer .. but with 9 foot ceilings ... definitely would be better use of the space to put another shelf! Great job .. your laundry room looks amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am here for any design tips for your new shelves, or I can come help you install them! We were lucky to already have two shelves in the laundry room, though the heights are a little awkward (eventually they will be replaced with cabinets).

    Our hall closet only had 1 shelf and it was SO inconvenient; adding more shelves was really easy! That post will be coming soon. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Good job!!! I would love to get some of those green containers :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Looks awesome! Will definitely be stealing some tips from you, the first being the old tissue box for bags! Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  5. It looks awesome. You inspired me to do some work to mine. It wasn't too bad but after a couple bins from dollar general it looks better.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Isn't it amazing how good organization feels?! I bet you can't stop visiting your laundry room...just to see it in its new state.

    Sharon @ mrshinesclass

    ReplyDelete
  7. Fabulous! I am so inspired, as I need a laundry room makeover too. Thanks so much for sharing with my newbie party.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great job on the room re-do! Looks great-love the kleenex box for plastic bag storage! Super idea!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Fine way of describing, and good piece of writing to obtain facts on the topic of my presentation
    focus, which i am going to present in academy.

    Feel free to visit my web page; Nike Air Max Pas Cher

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren't loading correctly. I'm not sure why but I
    think its a linking issue. I've tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

    Have a look at my page - Wholesale Jerseys

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi! I've been following your site for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Humble Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the excellent job!

    Also visit my site http://wealthwayonline.com/louisvuittonbags.html

    ReplyDelete
  12. This piece of writing offers clear idea for the new users of blogging, that truly how to do blogging and site-building.


    My web page; NFL Jerseys Cheap

    ReplyDelete
  13. Howdy! I know this is kinda off topic but I'd figured I'd ask.
    Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest authoring a blog
    article or vice-versa? My website goes over a lot of the same subjects
    as yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you might be interested feel free to send me an e-mail.

    I look forward to hearing from you! Fantastic blog by the way!


    Also visit my webpage :: Air Max Pas Cher

    ReplyDelete
  14. Very great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to mention
    that I have really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts.

    In any case I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

    my website; Air Max 90

    ReplyDelete
  15. What's up mates, its impressive post on the topic of teachingand completely explained, keep it up all the time.

    Here is my blog post - Jordan Femme Pas Cher

    ReplyDelete
  16. I truly love your site.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did you build this site yourself?

    Please reply back as I'm planning to create my own personal website and would like to know where you got this from or what the theme is named. Thanks!

    Review my weblog :: http://www.converseshopfr.com/

    ReplyDelete
  17. Hurrah, that's what I was seeking for, what a material! existing here at this website, thanks admin of this web page.

    my page Abercrombie

    ReplyDelete
  18. If some one needs expert view concerning blogging afterward i advise him/her to visit this webpage,
    Keep up the pleasant job.

    my site - Mario Lemieux Jersey

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hello there! Do you use Twitter? I'd like to follow you if that would be ok. I'm absolutely enjoying your blog and look
    forward to new posts.

    Here is my website ... Converse All star

    ReplyDelete
  20. What i do not understood is if truth be told how you are
    now not actually much more well-preferred than you might be now.

    You're very intelligent. You already know therefore significantly in relation to this matter, made me in my view consider it from numerous varied angles. Its like women and men are not involved unless it's something
    to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your personal stuffs
    excellent. Always care for it up!

    Here is my homepage Air Max

    ReplyDelete
  21. Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful article.
    Thanks for supplying this info.

    My weblog; http://wealthwayonline.com/airjordanpascher.html

    ReplyDelete
  22. Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thank you so much, However
    I am having issues with your RSS. I don't know why I cannot subscribe to it. Is there anybody else having similar RSS issues? Anyone that knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanx!!

    Also visit my blog post - Air Max Pas Cher

    ReplyDelete
  23. Hello, just wanted to mention, I enjoyed this article.
    It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

    Also visit my homepage :: Gucci Borse

    ReplyDelete
  24. Attractive component to content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and
    in accession capital to assert that I get actually loved account
    your blog posts. Any way I'll be subscribing in your feeds or even I achievement you get admission to persistently rapidly.

    Feel free to surf to my web-site :: NFL Jerseys Cheap

    ReplyDelete
  25. Excellent website. Lots of useful information here. I am
    sending it to a few friends ans additionally sharing in delicious.
    And obviously, thanks to your effort!

    My page - Abercrombie Fitch Belgique

    ReplyDelete
  26. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I absolutely loved every little bit of it.

    I've got you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post…

    Also visit my site - http://www.uniform-standard.com/pligg/story.php?title=chicago-bears-throwback-jersey

    ReplyDelete
  27. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  28. If some one wants to be updated with latest technologies
    then he must be visit this web page and be up to date every
    day.

    My site - Michael Kors Handbags

    ReplyDelete
  29. Very nice write-up. I absolutely love this website.
    Keep it up!

    My website: wealthwayonline.com

    ReplyDelete
  30. Do you have any video of that? I'd love to find out more details.

    Here is my webpage: Louis Vuitton Pas Cher

    ReplyDelete
  31. Thankfulness to my father who told me concerning this web site,
    this website is truly awesome.

    my homepage ... Louis Vuitton Outlet

    ReplyDelete
  32. Fantastic goods from you, man. I've understand your stuff previous to and you're
    just too magnificent. I actually like what you have acquired here, really like what
    you are stating and the way in which you say it.
    You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it sensible.
    I can not wait to read much more from you. This is really a wonderful
    site.

    Review my blog post Abercrombie and Fitch

    ReplyDelete
  33. My relatives always say that I am killing my time here at net, except I
    know I am getting know-how everyday by reading thes fastidious
    articles.

    Here is my webpage Abercrombie Et Fitch

    ReplyDelete
  34. Hi there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any
    trouble with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing several weeks of hard
    work due to no back up. Do you have any solutions to protect against hackers?



    My web-site - Louis Vuitton Handbags

    ReplyDelete
  35. Great goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and
    you're just extremely fantastic. I actually like what you've acquired here, really like what
    you're saying and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still take care of to keep it smart. I can't wait to read far
    more from you. This is really a terrific site.


    Also visit my web blog Louis Vuitton Bags

    ReplyDelete
  36. This article is genuinely a nice one it assists new net users,
    who are wishing for blogging.

    Here is my homepage: Sidney Crosby Jersey

    ReplyDelete
  37. Hello, after reading this remarkable piece of writing i am too happy to share my
    familiarity here with mates.

    Also visit my site ... Go Here

    ReplyDelete
  38. This article presents clear idea designed for the new users of blogging,
    that really how to do running a blog.

    Also visit my webpage - Read Full Article

    ReplyDelete
  39. Exceptional post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic?
    I'd be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Thank you!

    My page; 50th anniversary gifts

    ReplyDelete
  40. Hi there, this weekend is good designed for me,
    since this time i am reading this enormous educational post here at my house.


    Visit my blog Christian Louboutin Heels

    ReplyDelete
  41. Howdy very cool site!! Guy .. Excellent .. Wonderful .. I'll bookmark your blog and take the feeds also? I am happy to find a lot of helpful info right here in the submit, we'd like work out more techniques on
    this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

    Here is my web blog; Michael Kors Bags

    ReplyDelete
  42. Thanks in favor of sharing such a fastidious thought, post is pleasant, thats
    why i have read it completely

    My web page: Louis Vuitton

    ReplyDelete
  43. I'm amazed, I must say. Seldom do I encounter a blog that's both equally educative and interesting, and let me
    tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which not enough people
    are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I came
    across this during my hunt for something relating to this.


    my web page viagra (www.viagrabritain.co.uk)

    ReplyDelete
  44. Hello there I am so excited I found your webpage, I really found you by mistake, while I was searching on Aol for
    something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say thanks a lot for
    a marvelous post and a all round enjoyable blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time
    to read it all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also added
    in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more,
    Please do keep up the awesome jo.

    Also visit my page; Air Max

    ReplyDelete
  45. I seldom create remarks, but i did some searching and wound up here "Laundry Room Makeover".
    And I do have some questions for you if you tend not to mind.

    Could it be only me or does it look like a few of these responses look like
    they are coming from brain dead folks? :
    -P And, if you are writing on other sites, I'd like to follow anything fresh you have to post. Would you list of every one of your public pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

    Here is my web blog :: Sac Guess

    ReplyDelete
  46. When I originally commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added" checkbox and
    now each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Thank you!


    Feel free to surf to my web page ... Sac Louis Vuitton

    ReplyDelete
  47. You're so awesome! I do not think I have read through anything like this before. So wonderful to discover somebody with some unique thoughts on this subject matter. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This website is something that is required on the internet, someone with some originality!

    Here is my website: Louis Vuitton Pas Cher

    ReplyDelete
  48. My coder is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
    But he's tryiong none the less. I've been using Movable-type on a number of websites for about a year and
    am nervous about switching to another platform. I have heard great things about blogengine.
    net. Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress posts into it?
    Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

    My web-site Air Jordan *smu-fr.org*

    ReplyDelete
  49. Exceptional post however , I was wondering if you could write a litte more
    on this topic? I'd be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Kudos!

    Feel free to visit my webpage :: Christian Louboutin Sale

    ReplyDelete
  50. Excellent weblog here! Additionally your site
    rather a lot up fast! What host are you using?

    Can I am getting your associate hyperlink for your host?
    I want my site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

    Here is my page :: Boutique Air Max

    ReplyDelete
  51. Hey! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an
    established blog. Is it hard to set up your own blog?

    I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I'm thinking about setting up my own but I'm not sure where to begin. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Appreciate it

    Also visit my webpage NFL wholesale Jerseys

    ReplyDelete
  52. It is truly a nice and helpful piece of info. I am satisfied that you just shared this useful information with us.
    Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

    Feel free to visit my page: zombie makeup

    ReplyDelete
  53. I think that everything posted was actually very logical.
    But, think about this, what if you wrote a catchier post title?
    I am not suggesting your content is not good, however what if you added a
    headline that makes people want more? I mean "Laundry Room Makeover" is kinda
    plain. You might look at Yahoo's home page and note how they create post headlines to get viewers interested. You might add a related video or a pic or two to get readers interested about everything've written.

    In my opinion, it might bring your website a little livelier.


    My web page :: Building Maintenance

    ReplyDelete
  54. Hi every one, here every person is sharing these kinds of
    knowledge, therefore it's nice to read this webpage, and I used to go to see this website everyday.

    my website: word art online

    ReplyDelete
  55. Hey are employing WordPress for the web log platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m hoping to get started and create my very own.
    Would you require any html coding expertise to create your personal
    web log? Any help will be greatly appreciated!


    My blog post - davaouncovered.com

    ReplyDelete
  56. Hi mates, nice post and nice urging commented at
    this place, I am genuinely enjoying by these.

    Look at my blog post; student government - coropolis.com
    -

    ReplyDelete
  57. Hey I am aware this really is off topic but I was wondering in the event
    that you knew of any widgets I possibly could
    enhance my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been buying a plug-in such as this for a long time and was hoping perchance you would have some experience with something like this.
    Please allow me to know in the event that you encounter
    anything. I really enjoy reading your blog and I enjoy your updates.


    my page - Highly recommended Internet page

    ReplyDelete
  58. My partner and I absolutely love your site in order to find nearly all your post’s to be what exactly are I’m
    looking for. is it possible to offer guest writers to write content in your case?
    I wouldn’t mind making a post or elaborating on a few of the subjects
    you write with regards to here. Again, awesome web log!


    Here is my blog post electrical Articles

    ReplyDelete
  59. What's up mates, its impressive paragraph about educationand fully explained, keep it up all the time.

    Feel free to visit my site; Building Maintenance

    ReplyDelete
  60. Hey are employing WordPress for your web log platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m hoping to get
    started and create my own. Can you require any html coding expertise to create your
    personal weblog? Any help could be greatly appreciated!


    Here is my web page; College University

    ReplyDelete
  61. There’s lots of people who I think would enjoy your articles.

    Please allow me to know. Thank you

    Look into my homepage: elucidly.com

    ReplyDelete
  62. whoah this weblog is excellent i really like studying your posts.
    Keep up the good work! You recognize, a lot of people are looking around for this info, you
    could help them greatly.

    Here is my homepage ... Full Guide

    ReplyDelete
  63. Hello there! I just want to offer you a big thumbs up for your excellent info you have right here
    on this post. I'll be returning to your web site for more soon.

    my web-site; Lifestyle Hotels

    ReplyDelete
  64. Your style is unique compared to other folks I've read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I'll just bookmark this
    web site.

    Here is my blog post - http://gobookface.com/EvelyneLy

    ReplyDelete
  65. I blog often and I seriously appreciate your information.
    This great article has really peaked my interest.

    I am going to bookmark your website and keep checking for
    new information about once per week. I opted in for your RSS feed as well.


    Feel free to visit my web blog - bestsentence

    ReplyDelete

Leave a note and share your thoughts! I love hearing what you have to say, even if it's just a note to say hi!