In an effort to fully disclose my Laundry Life, I feel compelled to reveal these shameful pictures. This is the current state of my Laundry Room.
Oh yes, it’s painful to look. Consider yourself warned.
As you can see, my laundry room is ultra-small. I think it is only 6 feet x 4 feet. You would think in a space this little, that it would be hard to not keep it de-cluttered. Apparently, that is not the case.
My shelves are a wreck. I can’t stand them. The little white trash can on the shelf? It certainly doesn’t belong in the laundry room since it is my laundry hamper for my kitchen towels.
And my ironing shelf is the one on the bottom. I can’t even get to the items that need to be ironed! Just awful…
Not to mention the fact that if you pull out one towel, you know the rest are going to fall right on the floor.
All of these random items you see in the floor? They either need 1) to be soaked to remove stains or 2) they are stuffed animals that need washing.
The lovely picture of the top of my washing machine.
Bottles of detergent that need to be stored away and clothes that need to be soaked to remove stains.
And last but certainly not least, is the top of my dryer.
Tons of stained items that need to be soaked.
So what is my plan to whip this tiny little room back into shape?
To take it piece by piece until it is nice and neat, just like I like it!
First, arrange the linens on the shelf. The sheets and towels are already folded correctly, so all I have to do is re-arrange.
Secondly, I’m moving to the floor and putting every stuffed animal in the washing machine and putting all stained items in my 5-gallon bucket to get ready for the Big Soak.
Lastly, I’m clearing off of the tops of the washer and dryer. The detergents I am not yet using go in the sliding bins under the machines. The stained clothes go in the bucket and the extra socks go in my stray sock bin.
Theoretically, it shouldn’t take long at all. However, with little people my plans are often thwarted. My goal is to have it done by the weekend and I’ll post after pictures on Monday!
Does you laundry room need an overhaul like mine does? Take before and after pictures and send them to me! Or write a post on your blog and send me the link! I’d love to feel like I’m working along side someone else!
We are 3/4 of the way done with our laundry room overhaul – check it out!
We still need to put up one more coat of paint, rehang a shelf/hanging rod, and then add the decorative touches (rehang blinds, add curtain, add table for folding). Ours got really out of hand when we had too many shelves in there – so we decided the cabinets and one shelf would be enough.
By the way, how to you keep your detergents from sliding right off of the top of your washer? Our vibrates a lot – we are still (!) working on getting it leveled.
I am SO impressed with your laundry room overhaul! That was a lot of hard work (in a short amount of time!). I am sure it was well-worth it!
I’ll re-post the link when I do my ‘after’ post on Monday, if that is okay with you!
Thanks so much!
I had just finished moving my washer & dryer and removing the mountain of dust bunnies underneath & behind and vacuumed out the dryer vent hose when I read your post lol. I took before & after snaps but haven’t posted them anywhere yet. Dust bunnies around the dryer are a real fire hazard….aside from the fact that they are really rough on my allergies. I’ll post & send you a link 🙂 Keep up the good work! 🙂
You take care of yourself! Health of babies and mommas always comes first! 🙂
Nony (A Slob Comes Clean)
OK, you’re making me think. I’ve been putting off the laundry room because it has a closable door! (Is closable a word?) I’m considering setting the timer to see what I can do in 5 minutes . . . maybe 10. I’ll let you know if I get my gumption up.
Nony (A Slob Comes Clean)
Thanks for the inspiration! I worked on my laundry room this afternoon, and although I could do soooo much more, I am amazed, like I always am, at how much can be accomplished in a short amount of time.
Here’s my link if you want to use it: