One of my goals in 2015 is to simplify and organize, so keeping with that theme, Brad and I decided to tackle our laundry room over the weekend. It’s a room we’ve been meaning to update for some time.
Now, let me warn you– this isn’t a fancy schmancy laundry makeover with crisp white cabinets, top of the line washer & dryer, detailed paint job, and a chandelier. This makeover is more about creating a functional, organized space in the matter of hours. And we love our hand me down KitchenAid washer and dryer so they aren’t going anywhere until they blow up beyond repair.
Why don’t I need a fancy laundry room? Because I try to spend the least amount of time as possible in this particular room. I throw laundry in the washer, move it from the washer to the dryer, and empty the dryer. And I’ll go in there to get cleaning supplies. That’s about it.
But don’t get me wrong, I’d love a fancy laundry room one day, but it’s not required, or expected, in this house.
Okay, let’s start with the before photos.
As you can see, it’s not a very exciting room.
There was a small, 5 foot by 1 foot wire shelf above the washer and dryer, and that’s about it for storage. Take note of the stellar organization and tidiness on said shelf.
The room also doubles as our utility room, housing our water heater, water softener, and heat pump blower system.
When we moved in in 2009, the water softener came with a giant brine tank that sat beside the dryer. A couple years ago we upgraded the water softener so we lost the brine tank and gained some extra space next to the dryer.
We also have a drying rack for our clothes that we hang to dry because clotheslines aren’t allowed in our neighborhood.
I wanted to utilize the vertical space, so we added another wire shelf. I also determined that we could add an additional foot of shelving if we replaced the original 5 foot shelf with a 6 foot shelf. We also upgraded from 12 inch deep shelves to 16 inch deep shelves.
Also, you can see that I didn’t paint the room. It would’ve been such a pain to paint around all the equipment in this room. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
I should also add that our heat pump crapped out a few weeks ago so we were forced to shell out $$$$ for a whole new system. Yaaaay.
It was time though. The unit was 12 years old, and our HVAC guy said heat pumps typically last 10 years. Just stinks when you have to fork over a ton of cash for something that isn’t fun or exciting, like a vacation. Woo, homeownership.
Alright, here’s the after images.
We more than doubled the storage by adding the 6 foot by 16 inch shelf and 8 foot by 16 inch shelf.
I added the woven allen + roth baskets to give the room a little bit of personality and warmth.
I kept the drying rack because it works for us. But I wasn’t utilizing all of the space so I added a laundry basket to the bottom to hold towels that need to be washed. Once I fill up the basket, I’ll wash a load.
I also added another laundry basket on the side of the dryer for random things that need to be washed like rags or bed linens. There’s also a wastebasket for lint.
Our dryer comes with this handy rack for lay flat drying. I had it hanging on the wall before, but now it hangs from the bottom shelf with an S hook.
I’m a big fan of lingerie laundry bags. They’re my secret laundry weapon (read more about them here). I hang all of the bags on a different hook from the bottom shelf.
I’ve always stored our ironing board behind the laundry room door. The door moulding keeps it from falling over.
Though it’s not easy to see, we also upgraded the lighting. The old brass fixture was getting old and tarnished.
In case you’re wondering, I’ll share how I organized everything on the shelves on Wednesday.
How about a couple of side-by-side before and after photos?
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