October 28, 2011

{OrganizedHome} Day 28: Laundry Room Organization

 My Laundry room is also my main entry, so it has to be tidy.  Which means my laundry room closet was a natural place to store all of the un-pretties:   tools, cleaning products, board games, flash lights, chicken feed....anything I didn't have a spot for and didn't wan to look at.

And because I don't have a craft room, I was trying to store craft stuff in there too.  It was a mess.  I don't normally like to show "before" pictures because, well, they aren't pretty and I like my blog to be full of pretty things. But here we go:


The closet was such a mess that I sometimes didn't even want to try to put things back once I had taken them out.  So they ended up on the sink.


I contemplated taking the craft stuff out of the closet so that there would be room for all the miscellany that belongs there, but I decided instead to put up shelves for the miscellany and dedicate the closet entirely to crafts. 

(The crafts closet will be a post all it's own, once it's done. I am seriously excited about having all my craft stuff in one place.  The thought of it makes me a little giddy.)

Here's a what the laundry room looked like before the new shelves:

And here is the laundry room now, with more storage:

 I wanted brackets like this:
via IKEA

But the nearest Ikea is a 2 hour drive away, so I showed the picture to my husband and he built me some that are similar:


I stained some wooden crates and applied pieces of self adhesive chalkboard paper to the front.


I hung a rod to hang some of my cleaning products on.


 An old toothbrush holder makes for a pretty place for paint brushes to dry.
 

Clothes pins are stored in a bucket.


I shopped my house for a frame to pretty the space up a bit.

 

Under the sink I installed a plastic bag holder and use it to conveniently store rags and cloths.


[Thanks for stopping by to see my laundry room storage solutions.  This is day 28 in a series called 31 Days to an Organized Home.  Click here to see all the series posts to date.]


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52 comments:

  1. I wish I had a laundry room so I could pretty it up! I just have a cupboard but at least it keeps everything concealed.

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  2. Where did you get the wooden storage containers?

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  3. haha! we're going to ikea for those same brackets tomorrow!! no joke!

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  4. You make me want a nice laundry room! Currently mine is in the basement...scary place to go. I love the wooden crates!

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  5. My laundry room is my bathroom- I love the bag holder for the rags- I want to get one of those!!

    Great job- the before pics really show it off well!

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  6. I love the wood boxes. What color paint is on your walls?

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    1. Your name caught my eye...because it's my name, too! I spell it exactly the same way. :-)

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    2. Where did you get the wire or metal drying rack that hangs above the washer and dryer?

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  7. I really like the room - especially the shelf bracket knock-offs!

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  8. Hey thanks for checking out my project! This is so great. I couldn't imagine having my laundry room as part of my entryway... soo messy! I love how simple and pretty it is. Great job :)

    Bekah
    If Work Permits

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  9. What a transformation! The laundry room looks so much more organized and inviting! I'm heading over to check you out on twitter.

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  10. Oh, you've motivated me to clean mine -- it looks just like yours (same color and everything)! Also, I love Settlers of Catan. :)

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  11. The wood crates stand out perfectly from that blue color!

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  12. Love all the repurposed organizing solutions---it looks great!

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  13. Great minds think alike! I posted the same idea with the toothbrush holder last year! Great laundry room! Love the boxes with the chalkboard
    Susan

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  14. I love your brackets! Definitely showing these pictures to my husband :)

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  15. Here is my question - how do you keep the crates under control? I have bins and boxes but they end up with a hodge podge and overflowing!

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  16. I love the idea of hanging bottles off of a hanging rod! This is a must do!

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  17. Micah 6:8 is such a great verse. Good choice. Also, I love your ideas. :)

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  18. Love your blog, surfing through all your organization tips. Love it!!! Only thing is, your paint brushes should always dry laying flat or hanging upside down. The bristles with last a lot longer and the handle out. Just my two cents worth. http://tinkartist.blogspot.com

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  19. This looks great! Found you on pinterest. New follower here1

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  20. I love your blog! Your laundry room looks amazing! I see where you said you got your boxes at Jysk. I am not familiar with them. Do you have a link?

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  21. @murphyboysmom5: I think Jysk might just be a canadian thing: http://www.jysk.ca/

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  22. Where do you get the plastic bag holder and wooden crates from?

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  23. The shelf brackets your husband will probably be better than the ones you wanted because they have more support. You can put heavier items on those shelves without worry that it will come crashing down!

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  24. OMGOSH! I want your laundry room!!! It is gorgeous! Thanks for showing your picture BEFORE you added shelves... now I know I can tackle mine! :) THANK YOU!

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  25. I love your ideas for your laundry room, I am always trying to make mine more functional. I would like to know more about your drying rack. It looks as though it's on a pulley system and can be lowered and raised. If so that is exactly what I need in my laundry room. Where did you get it?

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    1. Hi! I got the drying rack at Ikea. Here's the link: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40176078/

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  26. ohh wowwwwww! this is so inspiring and amazing. i really need to get laundrily organised and this is the kick up the butt that I need! :)

    Lauren
    -UK

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  27. Hi! Can I ask what is the white rack that hangs above your washer & dryer? I'm guessing you hang clean clothes on a hanger from it. But what is it and where can I get one? Thank you!

    Denise

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  28. Where did you get the self-adhesive chalkboard paper? Love that, but I can't find it anywhere!

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    1. I got it at the dollar store, but I haven't been able to find it there for a while. You can buy it on amazon too.

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    2. Thanks for your response! I'll look on Amazon! :) Awesome ideas on your website! I'm a mom of a one-year-old, and the clutter is taking over my house! I need to gain control!!!

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  29. Thanks for posting the before photos! It made you more human and less of a Martha Stewart robot, in my eyes :)

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  30. I love this!! Thanks a lot for the organization tips!!

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  31. I love this - where did you get the boxes on the shelf?

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    1. Hi! I bought the boxes at a Canadian store called Jysk.

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  32. What great ideas! I love DIY stuff like this! I found this posted on Pinterest- When I was looking through I noticed that you used Windex to clean with? Just wondering if anyone in your family suffers from Asthma or Allergies? I've switched all my cleaning supplies to natural formulas- Shaklee. Here's the website if you want to check it out. http://jcarlile.myshaklee.com/us/en/

    I think you'll love it! Cheers!!

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  33. LOVE the drying rack. Where is that from?

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    1. It's from Ikea, but I can't find it on their site anymore...unfortunately I think it's discontinued :(

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  34. Came to your site through pinterest - you have some good ideas. It's many months later now - but for what it's worth, I would love if you could ever post or add a comment here with a simple tutorial to make those brackets! like them better than the ikea pictured ones! (And no ikea anywhere near me!) :)
    I don't know the size/cost of your crates, but as people have asked you about them, I'll also add, in the states Joann Fabrics, and I think even Home Depot, sell some that look quite similar (and can be ordered online too).

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  35. Hi Kelly, I just found your wonderful blog from pinterest! I love the laundry room organization!! I just finished organizing my pantry and I am actually working on a post right now for it, so seeing how you went about getting your rooms organized has been very inspirational!!! I love, love, love the crates with the chalkboard decals, I may have to borrow that look for a future project ;-)

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  36. Be sure to come see your gorgeous laundry room featured on our blog today in my post "All things Laundry -Roundup"!! :)
    -Kayla

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  37. Hi! I love your stuff. You have helped me so much. Where did you get the wood crates from?

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  38. As a Newbie, I am permanently exploring online for articles that can benefit me. Thank you

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  39. Great stuff! The laundry area is a major point of entry... true. I think I'll hang some of those cleaning reagents up on a bar. Thanks for sharing!

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  40. Love the poke holder! i am exploitation Feebly, and you are already in it as a result of I migrated all of my feeds from Google Reader. it's formally changed to the Feebly Cloud, therefore i am sensible to travel.handbag holder As for foundation piecing, I prefer using a freezer paper method because I can reuse the foundations as many as ten times.You are so creative and genius! These are so cute! It was great shopping with you a bit. I'm glad you were able to make it down.

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