Organizing life one room at a time!

Washing the Clutter Away

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My laundry room is less than ideal. I don’t know why, but is seems that newer homes think of the laundry room as a secondary room. Rarely are they spacious with bright, sunny windows and plenty of storage. But I can dream, can’t I. My laundry room is a small pass through area on the way to the garage. No available floor space whatsoever. Romping through this room with armfuls of groceries is like circumventing an obstacle coarse. Only recently I tripped with an guitar, fell against the door, heard a “pop” and, you guessed it, punched a dime-sized hole in the wall. Lovely.

Because, as I said, there is no floor space, I had to think vertical. I purchased a trash bin and plastic bag dispenser from IKEA. The 2 of them together cost about $5. But, what a wonderful addition. I now have a place to dump the lint and things that come out of our pockets. I have a dispenser to hold the plastic bags that I use to line waste baskets and pick up puppy doodles in the back yard.

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When we moved in, the house came with one shelf over the washer…that I couldn’t reach.  It was impractical.  So, I had my husband lower the shelf and install a second shelf closer to the ceiling.  Things I use all the time, like my laundry detergent, bleach, cleaning caddy, rags, etc. go on that shelf.  The higher shelf is for bulk cleaning and paper products.  There is a fold-away stepladder that I can use that I keep tucked next to the washer.

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I found this folding ironing board at Ollie’s for around $10 and had a 15% off

coupon.  It has an iron holder and compartments for starch, pre-wash, and a

lint brush.  The door you see to the right of the ironing board is the living room.

Although, like I said before, a pass through laundry is less than ideal (probably designed by a man), it is workable as long as you use all of the vertical space.

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