As you may recall, I've been embarking on a bit of a house reorganization project. The key points here are that we have a super limited budget, and so we are trying to make the most of what we already have at home, and be more intentional with our choices with what we keep and how we use it. You might remember my post about how we spent $10 and redid our bedroom, and now I thought I'd share what we did in our laundry room.
Here's the Embarrassing Before Photo:
Wow, right? Things really got out of hand in there. This was one of the rooms where we tended to just throw things we weren't sure what to do with. It had been ages since we'd really cleaned the floors and that kind of thing, so I just took everything out, cleaned it all, and only put back in what we wanted to keep.
What we needed this room to give us:
- Space to be a functioning laundry area.
- Storage for all kinds of things: cleaning products, winter wear, sports equipment, pantry overflow, business extras, and all that kind of thing.
I really recommend the approach we took to get a handle on this room. It was so much easier to see what we needed to do once we got everything out. It also really gives you perspective on the things you own and have been storing. I found out that a huge part of the back corner was being taken up with a huge rubbermaid bin that was completely empty! Apparently we had just assumed it was holding something important and we kept stacking other things on top!
I also got a chance to take stock of all the canning I still have stored away and now we have a better idea of what we can make meals out of, and what needs to be made for next year. And also (as you can see from the above photo) that there are several things we need to get eating or toss out soon since the years are passing by!
I even got enough floor space cleared to put in my prototype rug I made that eventually became this one in my shop. It's actually super nice having a rug in my laundry area. I'm not sure what took me so long to think of putting one there!
We didn't do anything particularly earth shattering in here. We did have an idea of possibly moving the laundry machines to a different wall but the hoses were too short for that so if we really want to it's something we can save for another time. While we might do something bigger in the future, I am so happy with what we got done in the meantime. Maybe take this post as encouragement or inspiration to tackle those hidden storage areas in your home! It really feels so good to sort those out!