February 12, 2013

Laundry Room Reveal

 I don't know about you, but my laundry room in our last house became the Pit of Despair; the dumping ground for whatever.  Since we were starting fresh, I decided to really limit what would take up space in our laundry area.  When my husband built the shelves, I knew I wanted them to be organized and functional.  By making it cute, helps me want to keep it clean.

This is where we do life, so why not make it a beautiful, functional space?  

When my baskets are labeled, they tend to get used for that specific function, rather than a catch-all.  So we have a basket -a very large basket- for lost socks and another for rags.  I found that it helps having the rags right above the laundry, so that they don't make it into the kitchen drawer with the good cloths.  
A candy jar is just the right shape to hold my homemade laundry detergent.

 While the kids and I were skiing last week, my personal handy man created this drying rack for me.  I love that it doesn't take up floor space.  Items can be draped on the rungs; or, since he used closet bars to create the rungs, items can be hung from hangers to dry. We use the space below to sort our loads by color.

 I used to HATE laundry.  But I have found that by staying on top of it (not letting it sneak up and overwhelm me every.single.week) and by having an organized space, it really isn't the bane of my existence.  I just had to come to terms with the fact that it IS a daily chore.

I have one more little secret about this laundry room... it shares space with another important function of our home.  More about that next time!  ;)

Paint- Sherwin Williams Shagreen SW 6422
Candy jar - Walmart

I'm linking up with Knick of Time, Coastal Charm, Home Stories AtoZ, Creative Cain Cabin, Wow Us Wednesday, Elizabeth & Co., The Ironstone Nest, Imparting Grace


Dawn said...

What a darling laundry space, and the color is perfect. Laundry is a never ending task:(

Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...

Dropping by from Coastal Charm.. that is a great Laundry room.. makes me a little jealous.. great job.

Richella Parham said...

It looks awesome, Gretchen! My laundry room is in the process of being re-done, at least to some extent--but I don't know if it will ever be as neat as yours. Still, it could be better, and I want it to be! I think you're right: you have to come to terms with the fact that laundry is a daily chore. Wishing it weren't doesn't help a bit, does it? :)

Bugs and Sunshine said...


Green is one of my favorite colors ever!!!!

It's so cheery! And I agree with you, when you stay on top of laundry it is so much more nice.

At our house, Monday and Friday are my laundry days. I keep those suckers whirling all day long till it's done! So nice to be freed up on the other days and not worry about it!

Sandy said...

It looks great!

Stephanie said...

Love the drying rack! Was there a pattern you guys followed?

Crystelle Boutique said...

What gorgeous colors for your laundry room. And what a sweet husband you have! That drying rack is amazing!


hugs x

Shanee @ LivingLifeSouthernStyle said...

Love your laundry room! I am about to start a redo of that dreaded room myself...thanks for the inspiration. Found you at Savvy Southern Style...and I am your newest follower :)

Noting Grace said...

Such a cute room! I'd do laundry there! I've started making my own laundry soap, too and don't you just love it??

Thanks for sharing this awesome makeover.
Jen @ Noting Grace

Angie @ Knick of Time said...

Well done! That drying rack is awesome! Thanks for sharing at Knick of Time Tuesday.

Cindy said...

That is a great looking room now and I love the drying rack, too!
Hugs, Cindy

Kellie said...

I love it!!! :)

Lorene Nance said...

Love! Do you happen to have a tutorial or any other info for the laundry rack? I need one, and yours is perfect!