Monday, April 15, 2013

Laundry Room Organization!

We have a cozy little rental house we call home. And though our laundry room is not very big, it stores many things. It had been a mess, and a place where we just put things that didn't have a "place". I was tired of not being able to find something the moment we needed it. And got to work organizing and giving everything a "place". This is the fruits of my labor. But mind you, this project cost a total of about $25 dollars.

To find the free printables I used (including the labels), you can visit my Pinterest page HERE. I want to say, that this project did not cost me much of anything. I already had all of the containers/baskets on hand.I was just using them in different spots around the house. But, most of them I have purchased here and there at thrift stores and goodwill. The plastic white containers I purchased at Dollar General, it's a great place to get containers (cheaper than wal-mart!) The picture frames used to display the free printable artwork, I bought at The Dollar Tree. For $1.

I keep an old mason jar that says "Mom's Jar" to put loose change in. Then I use the change to do fun things like get dollar cones with the kids. Or bless others by giving quarters away at Aldi for shopping carts. Or we give a child a penny to ride the horse at Meijer while we are shopping (when we lived in Indiana). It makes finding loose change in the washer/drier that much more fun! A fun tip for artwork when your on a budget: Simply use a hot glue gun to glue a clothes pin to the wall. (make sure paint is high gloss, if flat paint it can damage the wall) It's also nice because you can switch pictures/art work out easily. I keep a basket for random socks without matches. Sometimes the match appears...and if not, we have a nice stash to make hand puppets with or use for rags. I keep all of the cleaning supplies up high. Even with child locks on cabinets, children can get in cabinets. I choose to use all non-toxic home made cleaners, but even then, keep them far out of a child's reach.

The rugs I found at goodwill. Great place to find bath-rugs! The bag holder is from Ikea (from a friend, Thank's Becky!) I believe it was $2. The broom/mop holder is from Lowes, though after I purchased ($8.99) I found cheaper at the Dollar Store. Live and Learn. I keep the Arthritis Foundation bag packed with snacks. It's handy for me to grab and go in an emergency, or just a fun run to the park. In the light blue bag I keep dogs leashes,treats,toys etc. Again, easy to grab if we head out to the park last minute.

The Iron holder is from Wal-mart I think it was around $4.99. I like to buy detergent when it's on sale, and keep extras in the big canvas bin. All of the random baskets are from goodwill. Great place to find different baskets. The black "Bread" container is from Dollar General.
I have this little cork board on the door to the laundry room. One of my favorite pictures of Clara, a few free printables, a pin from my first Mission's Trip overseas to Russia (to remind me to pray for my best friend who went with me, and now serves as a missionary) and an arthritis pin to remind me to pray for so many of our Systemic Juvenile Arthritis friends. Every time I open the laundry room door (hundreds of times a day!) I have a visual reminder to pray for those I dearly love.
 So there is our little laundry room. That packs a whole lot of stuff into it!
Most of all, love. We are blessed to have a place to wash our clothes. We don't have to walk miles, to a stream of dirty water, and rinse our clothes. For that, I am so thankful. 

1 comment:

Leah Raisingbushs said...

It looks great! I love organizational blog & vlogs. Did you see the vlog when I organized mine?