I think Flylady is the one who said, "Nothing says I love you like a drawer full of clean underwear." Or something like that. Apparently The Husband believes that is true, because
- He went through the motions of doing laundry with me just so we could figure out the most efficient setup for our new laundry room.
- He sold all his scrap metal for the purpose of remodeling the laundry room.
- He put in several late nights and a couple of weekends to make my utility room very useful and very pretty.
BEFORE view from the hallway:
My system: Dirty clothes went in the navy sorter and white hampers on the right (I was over sorting), and clean clothes went from dryer into appropriate baskets (one basket for each room). Then I carried the baskets into the appropriate room and folded and put up in one step. I liked my system, but I didn't like the mess it made (notice the baskets lined up in front of the dryer).
BEFORE looking left from doorway:
BEFORE looking right from doorway:
My two major requests:
- I wanted the shelf storage to be more organized and calm-looking.
- I had a picture in my mind of a shelf system for my clean laundry baskets. I did not even borrow this idea from Pinterest, thank you very much! The closest thing I found online was this pin.
This is what we came up with.
AFTER view from hallway.
1. It's pretty. It is amazing what a coat of paint or two will do for a room. The curtains and matching shelf brackets help, too.
2. Quad sorter on the left limits sorting to everyday (towels, jeans, underwear, etc.), dark nice, and light nice with one hamper for special items (dry clean, hand wash, etc.). I plan to label the hampers so anyone can sort the laundry!
3. The door is gone. We plan to put in a bifold door so we can close the door on the room but still save space. We just haven't found one yet that is sturdy enough.
AFTER looking to right
4. The water heater is hidden by a curtain hanging on a swinging rod similar to this from Lowe's.
AFTER looking to left
5. We put in a pretty curtain rod and brackets for a hanging rod. It is much smaller and fits the purpose of a temporary hanging space.
6. I bought black file boxes and white stackable storage baskets from Wal-Mart so that everything goes into a box.
AFTER looking to right
My favorite storage solution is this mini chest of drawers that holds safety pins (for socks), batteries, string, clothespins, etc., etc. There are now no random bowls and containers collecting dust and cluttering the space!
7. Finally, these are my roll-out shelves for clean laundry. I can fold clothes into these baskets from the counter top or (more likely) stuff unfolded clothes into the appropriate basket and take the basket to the room where the clean laundry belongs. I don't fold most of our towels and wash cloths anyway. By the way, if anyone needs extra-long drawer slides for a similar project, let me know. We accidentally bought ten sets from Amazon and only used four.
I say I am spoiled. The Husband says I am just well taken care of.
Remember how I said I spent so much time in this room? It's ironic that now that the room is efficient, I don't have to spend much time in it at all.