Loving The Laundry

Let me start by saying I don’t LOVE doing Laundry.  In fact it is most definitely the one job I procrastinate the most about.    But surely if my Laundry was more organised and a little prettier I would be more inclined to actually go in there?  Just maybe?  

Unfortunatley for most of us, laundries were designed by men who rarely frequent them.  They are generally small, lacking natural light and completely unpractical.  Our house is no exception.  We have one teeny tiny window, no bench, it is a thoroughfare to the only downstairs toilet and smack bang in the middle of the wall is the laundry shoot. 

But if I can’t go back to the drawing board (literally) I am determined to make the most of the space.   We made a start last year.  

 Please do not look at the date of that post!  It’s embarassing to realise how long it has taken me to get around to finishing it!  The finishing was really a 3 part exercise.

1. Sort out the laundry cupboard where the lost and found go to be gathered together.  This seems to be a tourist attraction for every toy part, lightbulb, shoe lace, thingamabob in the house.  It desperatley needed to be sorted and stored in a better way.

I had these containers in my collection from my last trip to Howards Storage World.  I sorted them into some simple categories, grouping like items together.

To help keep them sorted I created some self adhesive labels for the containers.  I just created a label in a “Word” document and printed them out on A4 Self Adhesive Sheets (Officeworks).  Then simply cut them out and attach! 

This is the one and only Laundry Cupboard.  It has a small shelf up high above the “Broom/Ironing Board/Hanging” area.  I used a small shelf (Howards Storage World) so I could place the handled items “on top” of each other but still access them all easily.  I have used this system in my pantry and it works brilliantly! I really want to hang that dustpan on the door!!!!

2. The Baskets on the shelves have been working brilliantly but needed labelling to keep it that way! What I love about this system is the placement of baskets.  The kids are old enough now to feed the cat and get their own togs and towel and having these baskets down low helps them do just that!  I created these labels, again in Microsoft Word, printed them on some card attached them to the baskets with some cute ribbon I have been saving.

The Baskets Are Labelled!

 3. Beautifying!  We had a wall in the laundry that you look startight at as you walk in!  I had bought some wall art off etsy a while ago but still hadn’t gotten around to printing, cutting and framing it!

Now I just need to hang them!

Besides all the reorganising and beautifying you know what else makes working in the laundry a breeze?  Great Laundry products!  

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An Organised Laundry ~ The Reveal ~ Part 1

We use our laundry every day but, until now, it was one of the most poorly organised rooms in our house.  It is a difficult space to work with and I lacked both inspiration and motivation to change it.  Then this week it was “Laundry Week” over at a Bowl Full of Lemons, so I seized the amazing timing (school holidays) and approached the task armed with a cyberspace full of inspiration.  

We finally had an idea……

 Take One Ikea Expedit Unit, avoid arguments with husband over yet another trip to IKEA and yet another flat pack to assemble!  (For what it is worth the Expedit is one of the easiest Ikea products to assemble!)

now sort and organise your items into categories and “containerise” them in some $10 plastic baskets from Woolworths and the result is……

 We have a new space efficient, organised and nice to look at laundry space!  

The baskets are my new favourite storage item and are in with the Storage Containers at Woolworths!  Yes Woolworths!  They are hard to track down and I had to go to a few stores to get this many! They are made form plastic but are quite sturdy and durable.  More importantly they are the exact size I was looking for!  Big enough to fill each space but small enough to see what is in them.  

From top to bottom they hold;

Swimwear (up high to stop my little fashionista changing into three pairs a day!)

Stain Removal (Sunlight soap, toothbrushes etc)

Ironing and Drying (Lint removers, dryer sheets etc)

Cat Products (Kitty Litter, Cat food)

Hats

 I used some tins (On the top shelf) that I already had for

Washing powder (on the left, purchased form Aldi) and

Soaker (on the right, a biscuit tin from Kmart) 

Remember what this space looked like before?

We have suddenly gained so much more usable space that I had to find things to go in a basket!!!  It is neat and tidy for the visitors that walk past it and just calling out for some cute labels! 

But the job is not finished!  I now want to rearrange a few other things in the laundry, organise the cupboard, add a drying rack and of course a few decorative touches!  

So what do you think, what next? 


In the next house….

I am addicted to houses.  Home magazines, open homes, display homes.  I love dreaming and drooling over gorgeous designs, clever ideas and delightful decor.  I am go grateful for the home we have, but there is nothing wrong with a little daydream every now and then.  We built this house almost 6 years ago now.  It’s a sure sign your’e getting itchy feet when a lot of your sentences start with….in the next house…..

So in the next house…..

We will have a white, light, and BIG kitchen with a little nook for chatting to the cook and 

a little study nook and…

lots and lots of storage and bench space and one more thing for the kitchen

a servery from the kitchen to the…

outdoor room.  That has room for a lounge setting and outdoor kitchen and is weather proof!

A laundry that is a room, not a washing machine in a walkway.  I may actually want to do washing in this room!

So the list could go on and on.  Funny how its all about the kitchen and laundry!  The two “work” areas of the home! Enough dreaming and time to start doing. Today’s household project is to go to Bunnings and buy a seedling, or maybe a tree.  You know one of the variety that grows money?  Thats all that is missing from our next house dreams!

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