Thrifty Laundry Room Make-Over

laundry-after-title-300x300WHAT:  Laundry Room Make-Over

BUDGET:  $0 – free!

THE GOAL:  Organize and beautify the space without spending much (any) money.

I recently gave my laundry room a much needed thrifty make-over.  And the best part is that this make-over didn’t cost me a dime!

My laundry room is located off of the kitchen and, as it is basically an extension of the kitchen, I like to keep the door open.  However, as you will see from the pictures, the space needed some serious help.  In addition to a complete lack of practical storage, it also looked – frankly – ugly. Very, very ugly.

Don’t believe me?  Check out these BEFORE pictures:


This was the view from the kitchen (ugh):


Scary, huh?     As you can see, storage was a serious issue.  The wire shelf left everything completely exposed.  We toyed with the idea of removing it and replacing it with cabinets to match those in the kitchen, but that would have been pricey.  Plus, I was afraid it would make the space feel too closed in.

Since the budget for this project was small, I decided to think outside of the box – or INSIDE of the box in this case.  LOL!  I went around the house and found some unused baskets and swapped out a 4th basket and then I went to work organizing.


And this is the result:


And best of all, here is the view from the kitchen (woot!!!!):


So how did I fit all of the stuff shown above into four baskets?  First, I went through everything in the room and determined a.) if I used it, b.) if it could be stored elsewhere.  For instance, I had a container full of extension cords,  Those really didn’t belong in the laundry room and I relocated them to the basement.  I also had some cleaning supplies that I never used.  Rather than continue to store them, I gave them away to friends.

Once I had gone through everything, I then divided it into four groups – each representing a basket.  One basket (the one on the dryer) contains all the laundry “stuff” – detergent, pre-treaters, softener sheets, etc..  The baskets up on the shelf are similarly divided up – basket #1 has carpet and upholstery cleaning supplies, basket #2 has wood polishes and window cleaning supplies and rags, and basket #3 contains miscellaneous items such as “CLR” and “Oxy Clean. ”

Now when I have a cleaning job to do I just get down whatever basket I need, and when I am done it is easy-peasy to put everything away!

You may have also noticed that I added some artwork.  They had previously been given to me and I liked them but didn’t really have any place to hang them, so they had been sitting in a closet.  To my surprise, they fit perfectly in the space above the washing machine.  I think they make the space feel more like a real room.  Silly as it seems, I enjoy doing laundry more now that I have something special to look at!

Did I mention this project was completely FREE?  I wish all my projects were so easy and cheap!  All in all, I am very happy with the end result.  The laundry room is now one of my favorite spaces in my house!  What organizing projects have you completed recently?

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How awesome… this post was voted as a favorite over at Homemaker on a Dime!  I’m honored!



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  5. Christine Sullens says

    I love your laundry room. I too have a laundry area that is on the other side of the kitchen, and it had doors. I finally had my husband take them off because I do laundry so often and then I kept running into those stupid open doors. I cut a photo out of a popular magazine and my husband was going to buy all the supplies and start on the eye sore this next week. I happen by chance to come across your site and not only is it more “cost friendly”, it looks better and just makes more sense. Thank you so much.

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