There is something so refreshing about a clean and organized laundry room. I love it when all of the household cleaning products are physically and visually accessible. Today I am sharing before and afters from a recent laundry room transformation. For this project it was all about making things visible and clutter free so that all of the “users” in the home could use the space efficiently and maintain it. My client has 5 kids ranging from the mid-twenties to early thirties and they are always finding a reason to drop by their childhood home to do a load of laundry or grab a bite to eat.
My client’s biggest complaint about the space during our initial consultation was that it wasn’t pretty. She said it didn’t feel like part of their home. It’s the first room people see when they come to the home and the last room they see when they leave. I suggested that we remove the existing cabinetry because it was difficult to access and hardly being utilized. I wanted to take advantage of the vertical wall space for storage so I arranged for a handyman to come and install simple melamine shelving. We created a storage plan based on a quick inventory of the items she was currently using/storing. While he was there he also gave the walls, trim, and ceiling a fresh coat of paint, it made quite the difference! The space is so much brighter and inviting, makes you want to throw in a load of laundry doesn’t it?
Taylor and I took inventory list and measurements to The Container Store so we could shop for the perfect products. In a space like this that is used by so many people and visible from the main entry of the home it is worth stocking up on pretty baskets and bins. It will encourage all users to keep the space organized and maintained.
Having 5 kids in the home at one point, my client used to have 2 stackable washers and dryers. Now that the kids are mostly out of the house she has downsized to a single pair leaving the wall above the units underutilized. My handyman has his cabinet-maker create a really heavy-duty upper cabinet that we can eventually attach a drying rack to (it’s on backorder from Ballard Designs). The cabinet locks so my client can eventually keep hazardous products up and out of the reach of potential grandkids. The horizontal shelving runs parallel to the appliances and stores everyday cleaners and utility items.
All of these everyday products are within hands reach. They are resting on a custom shelf that my handyman created to fill in the gap between the top of the appliances and the wall. It can easily be lifted up if the appliances need maintenance.
This picture makes me so happy!
Our new Container Store is located next to the Crate & Barrel at the Stanford Shopping Center. I decided to run in for a second to check out their cute cleaning section for products that might be perfect for the space. I found this darling powder detergent bin there and it is perfect! It holds her laundry booster Biz, and it looks cute on the shelf!
This is a before and after of the other side. Doesn’t the before just look depressing? Everything is piled up on the bottom and the upper shelves were practically empty. I really wanted to utilize this entire wall so we installed 22 inch deep shelving to maximize the storage potential.
The open shelving holds bins for gym towels, rags, extra bags, light bulbs, specialty cleaners, and much more! All of the products on this side of the room are from The Container Store.
I used my clear labels on the white bins so everyone will be able to easily find what they are looking for. This helps with maintenance and prevents overbuying.
When we were shopping we found these large wicker baskets first and bought the rest of the items to coordinate. They are the perfect size and color for the space.
These white bins are durable and functional. They are also a little bit more stylish than a typical plastic bin…
One more look at the transformation of this newly organized space! I love it! Don’t you agree that a pretty laundry room makes it motivating to get things done? Let me know your favorite part from this organizing project!