A big thanks to Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart for sponsoring this post. Everything you see here for this Easy Laundry Room Makeover is 100% my opinion!
As you know, we have been getting settled in here in Utah, and one of our biggest obstacles was the laundry area. As you can see it’s a super tiny closet that barely fits a washer and dryer. Originally we had a huge HE washer/dryer combo, and we only kind of got that to fit in there. They were way too deep, and the doors wouldn’t close. We tried stacking them and turning them sideways, but then the cords wouldn’t reach so they had to be in the middle of the closet. Which meant I could barely squeeze in there to get stuff out. There were doors in my way and while it was pretty good motivation to not gain any weight, it wasn’t practical for someone who washes a ton of clothes.
We decided to downgrade and get the good ole fashioned washer and dryer sets that would actually fit. I was actually kind of excited about this part. A part of me that missed washing clothes and not dealing with all the fancy buttons and gadgets. The new to us washer and dryer were installed and we were still cutting it close. The dryer door barely opens, but hey… it works and the doors actually shut. Now my issue was storage. Here is what the room looked like before I went all blogger on it. A laundry room makeover was definitely necessary.
Not too bad, pretty plain, but definitely not functional. I hate hate hate having everything piled up on top of the dryer. I’m not an organized person by nature, but it was pretty bad.
As I started making plans for this room I knew I needed a shelf in there. I got to work building and installed this wooden shelf (it’s super easy to build get the tutorial here) which greatly increased my storage. Since I’m not naturally organized I try and hide my messes as much as possible, so I purchased these linen storage boxes from Walmart to keep all my little extra laundry room essentials hidden but still accessible. And since our whole house is lacking storage a few other things go in these storage boxes as well, like our family games and extra kitchen linens. I mean you can put anything in there really!
The only thing I didn’t put up in the storage boxes was my laundry detergent and dryer sheets. I know that if it was up in a box I’d never put the box up so I used it as decoration by putting my laundry detergent in one of the large wood-top jars at Walmart, and then I used a small one for our dryer sheets both placed in a little basket making it easy to move around. This helps keep the space organized while allowing me to have my essentials readily available!
Let’s be honest, I never thought I’d put a lamp in my laundry room (ok fine, it’s a closet). As I was decorating this space I found myself with this linen color on top, and between the washer, dryer, and laundry sign I built a bunch of gray on the bottom. I knew I had to bring that linen color down to balance it out so I was wondering through Walmart and saw the lamps. It honestly never crossed my mind until I saw this one and realized that I don’t have a light in there and it actually makes sense to put a lamp on my dryer! These cute little lamps from Walmart are only around $20 too!
Another obstacle I had to deal with was all the hoses and cords. I didn’t want to permanently cover them for obvious reasons, but it’s also a rental (owned by my in laws who are so kind to let me do pretty much whatever I want in here). In order to mask the hoses as much as possible I actually hung this wooden sign from the bottom of the shelf in order to keep it off of the wall some. Now, if anyone needs to get to said hoses, we can simply remove the sign and easily replace it.
And of course we needed a place for all those misplaced socks ; )
There it is – Hope you enjoyed this little Laundry Room Makeover! Tell me! What are some small space obstacles you’ve overcome in your home… or some you hope to overcome in the future. I’d love to hear in the comments below!
Easy Laundry Room Makeover
SHOP THIS ROOM:
- Linen Storage Cubes – Walmart
- Laundry Sign – DIY Project (tutorial soon)
- Lamp – Walmart
- Wicker Basket – Walmart
- Wood Top Jars – Walmart
- Faux Plant – Ikea
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