As I scrolled through Pinterest looking for ideas for our laundry/mudroom remodel I pictured something similar to this photo.
For some reason I believed that I would be greeted by galoshes filled with cherry blossom stems, coordinating purses, monogrammed backpacks and the only evidence that laundry was done in this space would be the shiny washer and dryer. WHAT WAS I THINKING?
Unfortunately, this photo is a more accurate representation of what this room looks like on most days.
All I have to do to appreciate this mess is look at these before and after pics an I’m quickly reminded that it could be worse, and that it actually once was.
Before we remodeled, we had 8 coat hooks and 8 hat hooks. The top of this bench opened and was full of several pairs of shoes. As you can probably imagine, nobody could find their shoes.
We had a shower in this bathroom that was never used and I mean never. It had a glass door but I hung a shower curtain in front of it so you couldn’t see into it then I filled it with swim toys.
We decided to take out the shower and move the sink and door to the other side of the toilet. This gave us enough room for each of us to have our own lockers.
I would have liked to have doors on the lockers but when we determined their size, we knew doors wouldn’t work very well. The lockers are small but they actually work really well for 1-2 jackets, a backpack, a hat and 2 pair of shoes. I will never understand why the kids don’t just hang up their backpack or put their shoes on their shelf!
Actually, they do pretty good right after everything has been cleaned up, but it doesn’t take long before they’re back to their old ways. Although it ends up looking this way all too often, it doesn’t take us long to get it picked up and in order.
This door leads to our garage and is the reason I prefer doing all my laundry in one day. Not only does it bother me to walk in to a messy room multiple times a day but I hate for other people to walk in and see our mess. I’ve asked my kids to bring their friends through another door but it just doesn’t happen, they always seem to wander through here.
Alright, enough rambling, lets talk organization. We’ve always had plenty of cabinet space here so I haven’t felt like I needed to get carried away with baskets and bins. But when I realized that we had cleaning products in two different places I wanted to make some changes.
My favorite thing in this cupboard are the rags. I folded them in half and then in thirds and they fit so perfectly in this basket!
Anytime I’m left with empty shelves I’m a happy girl. I really need to create some space in my kitchen and I’m thinking I will move some things in here. It’d be a great spot for candles, vases, rarely used appliances, the possibilities are endless. Maybe this means I should go ahead and get that panini maker I’ve been eyeing…
Labels also make me happy, need I say more?
This cute little basket is used for more than just looks. I put it here to hide the ugly plumbing hoses.
See, isn’t that tricky. I also keep my dryer sheets, detergent and a lint roller in it. It’s not easy for me to reach the cupboards above my washer and dryer especially with piles of folded clothes on top. This has worked awesome for me!
Onto the lockers. I gave my cabinet guy these cute baskets and asked him if they could fit inside the lockers. We were pretty limited on space on this side so all three baskets couldn’t fit up top. I was a little sad about the middle locker not having a basket but decided a plant would be ok. It wasn’t until they were installed that I realized we could fit a basket below the locker. It couldn’t have been more perfect because Emmitt wouldn’t have been able to reach his basket up top anyway.
This is what you’ll find above my locker. Some aunts are known as “the nice aunt” or “the fun aunt” I am known as “the gum aunt.”
I’m not super fussy about what goes in the kids baskets or cupboards. Here is a little sampling of what you might find. Some of my pictures wouldn’t load but you will also find stashes of pop and candy.
When the kids baskets start over flowing, It’s time to go through them. Here is what you might find in one of them. A slingshot, baseball, golfball, baseball cards, shoe horn, pocket knife…
Just one last picture before I say, “bye.” Doesn’t it look nice? If you don’t mind, I’m just going to go enjoy the cleanliness for a moment before the kids get home from school.