At the end of a previous post, Laundry Room Before, I stated my decorating plans for the week. Of course I started off in a totally different direction! The clutter on the shelf above the washer and dryer got my immediate attention. I decided that I didn’t need to keep shoe boxes for projects on the wire shelf and moved them to another room. I do like storing Lysol Wipes, Pledge Wipes, Swiffer Covers, Paper Towels, Napkins and Kleenex on the wire shelf. To organize these items and store them attractively, I bought rectangular plastic bins woven like wicker. They are resistant to moisture and can easily be wiped clean. I love the color, it’s called “Feel Good Lime!” It does feel good to have made a change in the laundry room. It’s also easier for me to grab a basket and take out what I need. Now the paper towels can’t fall down as I reach for the napkins.
One of my top priorities was creating more hanging space. My initial ideas didn’t work, thanks to our metal wall studs and the placement of our home’s electrical breaker box. So I’m still working on creating something both practical and visually pleasing. I’ve got some decorations but where they go depends on how this hanging space works out. If you want to see some of the options, I’ve pinned photos to my Pinterest Laundry Room Board.
Picking a paint color was easier since it doesn’t involve our electrical system 😉 With the hope of saving money I checked out the “mistake paint” at my local Lowe’s. They only had MINT green. That didn’t appeal to me at all and would look terrible with the paint color in my hallway. So I spent some time looking through paint chips and picked out several options. The ones that still looked good once I got them home are taped up to the wall. While it’s easy to pick a color I don’t know when I’ll schedule the actual painting.
I did buy a smaller container for my liquid detergent. An Internet search turned up many lovely breakable glass jars used in laundry rooms. Pretty but impractical. I could have bought an unbreakable plastic jar. Instead I purchased a small bottle of liquid detergent and will use the larger bottle to refill it as needed. This way I get the unbreakable jar and more detergent. It’s just not decorative.
Ah yes, the laundry room is lacking decorations. Once I’ve finished adding more hanging space and possibly add a clothes folding spot, the spots left for decoration will become obvious. My goals for this week are to create a space for lost socks, to solve my hanging space issue and to see if any decor items I already own would work in the laundry room. What issues do you have in your laundry room?