Monday, August 2, 2010

An Organized Laundry Room

I’m warning you.  There’s a lot of pictures in this post.  It was a beautiful day, I had the window open in the laundry room (don’t tell my husband—the air was on too), and I was appreciating my newly organized cabinets.

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To be honest, they kind of already looked like this. However, all the turquoise bins used to be yellow.  I was over the yellow. Thank the heavens for spray paint!

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I’m pretty sure I’ve declared my love for bins and labels before, before, and before. Oh, and before.  And before.  Gees.

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I typed up all my categories on some thick cardstock, punched a hole, and threaded some coordinating ribbon through.  Oh, how I love some cute ribbon.

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You may see a couple of bins with no label on them.  Everyone stay calm. There is no need for alarm.  I have since labeled them all and everything is right with the world again.

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I mean, had I not labeled this basket “cleaners”, no one would ever know that there are, in fact, cleaners in there.  Right?

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All of the bins came from the dollar store—including the yellow change basket below.  He must have been hiding from my spray paint.  I’ll get him.  Don’t you worry.

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When your complexion is so fair that your skin starts to boil within 10 minutes of exposure, and when your backyard is an apartment complex for mosquitoes, you too will have a bin dedicated to summer.  And you still won’t have enough supplies.

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Just when I was thinking no one was around to enjoy the fruits of my labor, a friend of mine called and asked if she could do a load of laundry at my house (no joke!—she’s here from out of town). I {gleefully} said yes.  As she was opening the cabinets for the detergent, I was standing there feeling pretty darn cool about myself.

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As I walked into the other room, my husband looked at me and said, “You’re feeling pretty darn cool about yourself right now, aren’t you?”  Husbands.

68 comments:

Sharon -- The OKI Stampqueen said...

Very nice!!! I love the cool aqua color! I, too, love labels! Makes it sooo easy to put stuff back and for husbands to find things themselves (or one can hope!) I take mine a step further tho-clear contact paper is (one of) my best friends, too! Just adds a little durability and dust protection!

Colleen said...

I love your labels! The clear jars with the silver lids are adorable. Where did you find those?

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Bins, labels, towels with the folded edges out . . . . you hit my organizing dreams right on the nail! Looks fantastic.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

I am so jealous! My laundry room is way too small which means it is always cluttered! I could use some baskets and labels!

Peggy of Plush Nest said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the color! What spray paint is it? I reminds me of a Tiffany box (kinda a posh way to do laundry, don't you think?)

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

There's nothing like an organized laundry. Love it. You should be proud of yourself.
Brooke

Richella said...

Oh, gosh, this post is just about perfect. Funny, fun to read, wonderful photos, good ideas. . . . You're great. And if I were you, I'd be feeling pretty darn cool about myself, too. :)

Kelli said...

I am in love with this organization. In.love! And yes, very cool that you were able to show it off!

The Oxford Family said...

I wish anything in my house was this organized!!!

Southern Gal said...

I am choosing to be encouraged by this post; I doubt anything in my house will ever look like this, but I can hope, right?

You're one talented, organized lady!

val said...

Oh how I love organization! :) Beautiful job with everything, labels, ribbon, colors!

Home's Where My Heart Is said...

Oh my goodness..my heart goes pitter patter..I just love what you've done.

I love spray paint, too. It's not just an addiction anymore, it's part of my life.

Thanks for sharing, loved the great ideas.

:)Erin

To The Moon and Back said...

oooh, love it...the bins, the labels, the ribbon, love all of it! Living in Florida I completely understand the "summer" basket, gotta get me one of those:)

twolittletots said...

Oh, I wish I had a bigger laundry room looking at your loving pictures!

But, I do love the dollar store for storage bins...LOVE it. I am heading there today for some, and I can't wait to see what they have.

Love the labels too!

superpaige said...

I didn't see any LAUNDRY in your laundry room. You do do laundry in there, right?

I've got to get my laundry room organized and clean this week, but I could never even wish for something as beautiful and organized as that. You're my idol.

Country Dreaming said...

I too am in the group with the too small laundry room. I try to keep it as organized as possible and
it stays that way most of the time.
Yours is looking good though.

Melinda

Lettered Cottage said...

Wow!
Very, very nice!
Love the colors!

Layla :-)

Brandy said...

Very nice, you have soothed my inner organizer on an frantic Monday!!
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Leslii@Studio 23 said...

Oh my! You have just added to my "todo" list...My laundry room looks like a bomb went off in it pretty much on a daily base. Maybe if everything had a bin and was labeled the bomber might not hit that room.

-hopelessly after a clean house
http://studio23hudson.blogspot.com

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

I would be too! I love how Organize everything looks. Giving me inspiration to clean up my Scrapbook Closet!

Mindy said...

lookin' good! :) I wish mine was that organized!

Tiffany said...

Just simple things I learn from bloggers, how clever to put matches in a jar? Bloody brilliant, I say.. Thanks for sharing.

Barb said...

You deserve to "feel pretty darn good about yourself". Looks great!!!I love to look at how things are organized. Your visitor was impressed I'm sure. The colors are so cheerful. You did a really good job.

Love you
Mom

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

So did your friend say anything about how good it looked!?!?!

Jenn @ WestSacHoney said...

This is amazing! I love it and might have to do the same!

pamela said...

Wow, I haven't been here for awhile. Summers can be like that.
Happy to scoot around here today though.
Love the labels.
I need labels in my life and doesn't it feel oh so good to get things organized again?
Pam

Lynda@ One Project at a Time said...

You've inspired me to paint the bins in my kitchen pantry. I'm reorganizing (again) and am over the green bins. It's time to break out the orange.

I almost forgot, the laundry room looks good :)

{ L } said...

You know what woman?! These are the types of post that make you the one and only JAG!!! :D Double love this post and now I have to re read it for ideas. Thanks!

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign said...

It looks so fresh and clean! I love all your organizing ideas...I am currently in the {extremely slow} process of a laundry room update. Thanks for the inspiration!

Stephanie said...

I love it!

Melissa said...

I heart this! Great job.

Belinda said...

looks great and what great timming your friend had! HA that would never happen to me.. I would get the call when I had like 5 loads sorted on the floor in my laundry room and never open my cabinets something may hit you in the head!

Alicia said...

Cute! Love that aqua color. I too love bins and labels in my laundry "closet." They keep me sane. ;o)

Nikki@ Cheap Like a Birdie said...

I always love your labels. For some reason I'm a slacker and keep saying I'll get mine done and don't but at least I can enjoy yours.

Cheap Like a Birdie

Lovely Little Nest said...

Love the organization! I definitely need to have a summer bin ~ such a good idea! Thanks for sharing :)

Melissa said...

Love it! After seeing your post, I am so motivated to finally organize my closets - thanks for the great ideas!

Rachel said...

Looks great! How did you type on the cardstock though? Sorry if that sounds dumb, but I don't understand how you typed on circular cardstock! :)

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Husbands! Lol! Love your post - what is it about a nicely organized place that makes you feel so good on the inside!

Darlene said...

I love how everything has a home and it's even labeled so they won't get lost along that way!

Pricklybranch Manor said...

Okay Chris! THis is great! I was just sitting in my orange thinking chair this morning trying to figure out what I could use to organize my pantry and some other areas in the home. I have TONS of baskets and I have actually considered spray painting them but I never thought about spray painting my dollar store totes!

I love how clean, simple, easy to duplicate, and pretty you've made everything! THANK YOU for sharing. I was so blessed with your post today. I can't wait to get started!

Anonymous said...

You are so funny!!! You are always making me laugh. Thanks for always being so entertaining. :)

LaVonne said...

Lovin it! :)

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

OMG....Can you come over to my house PUHLEEEASE! Bring your labels...and organizational skills. STAT!

fiberdoodles said...

Love it! Will you come do mine ;0)

Kristie said...

Oooo! I was just thinking about how I need to reorganize in the laundry room! But really???!!! Spray-painting the plastic bins??? Oh, this opens up a world of possiblities! How did you do that???
(and labels are essential in households with kids or husbands!!!=)

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Love it! I love organized laundry rooms. I have a laundry "closet" but its now organized. Love all the cute little labels.

Kristen said...

Oprah, do you know how much I love you? "No need for alarm..." Thanks for the giggle. Your laundry room looks BEAUTIFUL!!

Melissa Miller said...

WOW! Awesome job Chris! :)

Jessica @ Sunny Tuesday said...

That is such a cute idea. I have shelving and not cabinets in my laundry room and you have inspired me. I may have another project to add to my to-do list!

A.Co said...

THIS IS AWESOME!!!!

Great job - I love the new turquoise bins! Spray paint is the BEST!! (AND I like the one yellow 'change' container, maybe you should leave it, looks good :)

How AMAZING is it that your friend wanted to come do laundry?! YAAAA!!! Haha PERFECT TIMING - I'd be feeling cool too :P

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

Kim said...

Completely love your blog and feelliek I am home. I totally love yoru ides and your way of stateing the facts!!! awesome!!!!

Angie said...

You are the BEST at making things all crisp, clean, and organized! How much would you charge to come over to Texas and whip me and my house into shape! :) I love your blog!

Brittany said...

Oh baby that is a work of ART!! Mines next on the list!
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Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

I love how cute and organized everything is! I'm laughing too b/c I too sometimes (secretly) open the window with the air on- hubby would really disapprove!

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Wow - those cupboards are BEAUITUFL!! If I were you, I would be feeling extremely proud of myself!! I am working on a laundry room redo and I hope my cupboards end up being half as cute and organized as yours!!

XOXO
Jen

Angela Cooling said...

I now follow you and by the way "AWESOME" blog... I will have to attempt a few of your projects!!!

Check out my blog... I am new to the blog world.
http://stinkeymonkey.blogspot.com/

Robin said...

Pretty darn impressive!

Dream Mom said...

Very pretty! But the best part is about your friend calling to use your laundry room after it was done. Seriously, how cool was that!

Hopefull said...

I am doing this tomorrow!!

PLEASE.. can you tell me what is in your Emergency basket??

Momma to Bug n' Bear said...

I love it! This is so YOU. So cute, clean, organized and simple. Way to go!

-Desiree

Anonymous said...

Please- I want to know what's in your Emergency basket too?!!

Helen

jill said...

i linked up to your post here - on my little bitty blog:

www.valley-mama.blogspot.com

thanks for all the tips! love your site!

Kristi said...

Perhaps I'm losing my mind, but I could have sworn you had a great organizing/minimizing/simplifying quote posted with this post.... no?

sigh.... perhaps I'm confusing it with something else I saw. If not, would you mind sharing it with me? my e-mail is in my profile.

Your laundry room is beautiful - well done!!

upcycledhomeblog.com said...

Your laundry room is so organized, it makes ME feel pretty darn cool about MYSELF. Job well done!

Samantha said...

You have inspired me to organize my laundry room! I knew I needed to, but I am in love with your turquoise bins and labels, that now I have to follow suit. Love your laundry room!

Raych said...

I'm totally stealing your ideas. hope you don't mind :) Love the turquoise. Love the labels. Love it love it! PS found your blog from the linky party at Nesting Place. (and now you're on my google reader cuz your laundry room is the bomb dizzle)

onehm said...

GORGEOUS! You should feel pretty darn cool~ it looks amazing!

Less Is More said...

Oh I love this! I have taller canvas bins on the shelves in my laundry room but it makes it hard to find things b/c you can't see in. Hmm. The labels are a great idea. Looks great!

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