My Inspired Laundry Room – Part 1

The summer issue of Getting Organized magazine has a great laundry room makeover article. The home owner only spent $157. If you want to revamp this very utilitarian space in your home it’s worth a read.

I recently finished a similar project and wanted to share my inspired laundry room.

I have lived in my home for a long time and have always loved that my laundry was located on the main floor in the house. It made it easy to do the never-ending chore in small spurts when my kids where young. But the space was pretty uninspired. It used to have white wire shelves above the washer and dryer and white walls. Pretty basic, but did it’s job. I used to keep two of the same laundry baskets on top of the dryer (stacked inside each other) to toss in the soiled kitchen towel or the waiting load of laundry. It worked great at the time.

We added the coats racks many years ago. A wise idea, since our coat closet is small. The racks work so well that I didn’t change them. They even hold my brooms hidden behind the door. Here is what it looks like.

You’ll see that the space is small and narrow, with two doors. It’s really a pass through from the garage to the house.

Over the years our life style has changed. My kids do their own laundry and they usually enter and exit the house through the front door now, so I decided to make the laundry room a little more pretty.

I like the idea because it’s a small project. But, also I thought it looked bad that this space, just off of our living area was so “undecorated”.

We painted the walls a basic beige that we have used in other parts of the house. I then purchased the white cabinets at my local Habitat for Humanity Restore. $45 total!

You’ve got to love the extra storage!

My husband (the handy man he is!) made the small shelf you see just above the back of the washer and dryer. It covers the water cut-off behind the washer. He also added an electric outlet at the dryer. The shelf is handy to drop stuff, but to me it’s mostly for decoration.

He also made the open shelves in the odd-shaped space that was leftover next to the cabinets. I hope you can see that there is an angled wall that he had to work with. A challenge, but don’t they look great?!

I haven’t decided what to use the open shelves for yet, so they are just holding the odds and ends now. What do you think I should do?

Check back in a few days for part 2 of My Inspired Laundry Room.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization.

She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client.

Janet is a Past Board Member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO were she has been named Organizer of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

Janet Schiesl

Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization.

She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client.

Janet is a Past Board Member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO were she has been named Organizer of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

5 Comments

  1. My Inspired Laundry Room – Part 2 on July 30, 2013 at 4:42 am

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  2. Janet Barclay on April 9, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I absolutely love what you’ve done with your laundry room! I’ve always just made do with whatever was there, so it’s always exciting to see it given the same attention as any other room to make it functional and esthetically pleasing.

    • Janet Schiesl on April 9, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks Janet. I made due for years, but then decided that I would make it more functional and more beautiful. Now I like doing laundry much more than before. As I said in the post, it’s much easier (it least for me) to decorate a small space rather than a large space, so it was fun.

  3. Olive Wagar on April 26, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Very nice, Janet! Looks fresh & inviting!! I added a clock above my washer–a sentimental favorite that I used when my son was little. Seeing it makes me smile.

    • Janet Schiesl on April 26, 2018 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks Olive. I love that you personalized your space with something sentimental. Much better than packing the clock away where you never see it.

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