The never ending saga of laundry, the big bad “L” word, most dread it and look at it like a painful chore, while few enjoy it. I want to inspire you to love the task of Laundry. Who can dread this chore when you are inspired and surrounded by a beautiful space? I am not one to spend a lot to create a beautiful room.
In the next few posts, I am going to show you how we transformed a dingy, dirty furnace room into a beautifully, organized and inspired Laundry retreat for under $375! Intrigued?
Truth Bomb – I am among the few that actually love doing laundry. Don’t get me started on ironing! <3 It’s the one time during the week that I get to slow down, watch my PVR and catch up on mindless reality TV (no judging me…) Have I scared you away yet? I hope not.
I love this time of the week but I HATE the space I have to endure to get the task done that’s why we decided to tackle this project first. My washing machine and dryer are jammed in with the furnace, in a closet of a room. Yes, the dingy, dark, dreaded furnace room is an eyesore. I’m sure I’m not the only one whose laundry shares prime real estate with the furnace.
This space definitely didn’t scream stay in here, enjoy me! Are you kidding, it is sucking all the fun out of doing Laundry?
Now you see why I call it an eyesore.
I was trapped in the vicious cycle of “if the wet clothes hit the floor before I got them in the dryer, back in the wash they went”. Inevitably I would lose at least 2 – 3 victims of clothing each cycle to the dingy floor they fell on. What a waste! Enough was enough! I had to take back my laundry room. No longer was I going to be held hostage to the furnace room fiasco.
The Plan to Tackle This Monstrosity
Keeping in mind that the room is a glorified closet and it has to share prime real estate with my freezer and furnace, I had to get creative. I started with Research, Research, and more RESEARCH! Or should I say Pinterest, Pinterest, and more PINTEREST (Mr. Man’s worst nightmare. “You want me to make what?”, he will say) Oh, how I have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest, but that’s a post for another day :).
The best and first place to always start is to find what inspires you. It may be a color, a picture or a fabric, or in my case…
My Inspiration was a PIG
I fell in love with this pig. Isn’t he just the cutest? It was like the Pier One commercial, “he spoke to me”. Anyway enough about the pig….
Next, you need to decide your must-have list. For me this included more than I realized, for example, I needed hanging storage as I was using the freezer door handle to hang my clothes. Not the best option or the most glamorous.
My Must Have List and Why I Chose These 7 Things
- Hanging bar, Obviously, need I say more!!
- Two Shelves for storing laundry soap or misplaced socks. I know you have a pile of those too!
- Countertop so I can fold laundry, enough said!
- 6 Laundry bins. Why six you ask? Because I sort my clothes in six piles, Whites, Lights (Pinks & Greys), Darks (Or should I say Black – we all wear a lot of black J), Colors (This is because I wash these with an extra bit of oxy clean to keep them staying bright), Work Clothes and Rags (Noway is Mr. Man’s clothes going near my dress pants) and lastly Sheets & Towels (I wash my sheets separate from the towels but they are easy to find in the same bin)
- A place to hang my ironing board. We all know I love to iron so it should be displayed!
- Garbage can. Don’t forget the small details too!
- A Rug. Mostly to hide the dingy floor because we can’t replace that in this project.
Plan and Budget for the Project
Once you have your list of must-haves and your inspiration, then you need to create a plan and determine what you’re willing to spend. That’s where Mr. Man came in. We sat down and drew a plan and decided on a budget. Don’t forget this step as you can easily overspend. Creating a budget can keep you on track and the project moving along and at a reasonable cost.
Our plan included stacking the washer and dryer and building a cabinet to hold the storage I needed. There were a lot of discussions and convincing on my part as we don’t always see eye to eye but the end result was incredible. I will admit that our plan did morph during the process. Mr. Man thinks of things I don’t think of. I didn’t even consider lighting…. besides getting a brighter light bulb, but he decided to include pot lights. Ahhmazzing!! Oh, how I love him… he knows the way to my heart. The pot lights took place of the extra shelf I wanted, guess lighting is more important, isn’t it?
Now On To Cleaning
Once the planning was complete I cleared out the room. That was a task-in-a-half! It sort of morphed because the furnace room is also my under the stairs storage. I took the opportunity to clear it ALL out and go through what I had stashed down under! It was a mess! Once the room was cleared out I cleaned it, this was the best time to get in there and give the area a good scrub. There wasn’t much to clean before Mr. Man could get started to create the space of my dreams so while we chat he’s off building the cabinet!!
Who Doesn’t Love Shopping?
Yeah!! Now I get to have some fun. I always do the shopping for any project AFTER I cleaned the space and decided what was left from the decluttering I did. That way I don’t over-buy and I know what I am working with. This also allowed me to repurpose items and reuse some things so my budget stayed on track.
I purchased the new laundry baskets before we (cough, cough) Mr. Man built the cabinet as he based the dimensions on the bins I chose. Those bins ended up dictating the size of the whole space so it was a good thing I bought them before construction. This is when I found the PIG!! (haha)
Let’s Sum Things Up
When you want to tackle a larger project like this there are a few tips you can use.
- Research and find your inspiration
- Create a must-have list.
- Clean out the space and start fresh.
- Create a plan and a budget.
- Make a shopping list of what you need and gather supplies.
I hope you follow along as we transform my dingy furnace room fiasco into an inspirational laundry haven for under $375! If you want to see the transformation check back soon!