There were just a couple problems.
First this house doesn't have a gas hook up. So we just used our front loader washer and left the dryer that was with the house. So I have a mismatched combo, and uneven heights.
Second was that after traveling from TX for 5 days, I had laundry to do. So pretty much the day we moved in, I started laundry. Then we just started putting stuff in here that seemed like a good place to put it. We also moved into a much smaller kitchen with a pantry about 1/15th (I'm NOT joking!) the size of the one in TX. "Put that in the laundry closet for now"... became a popular phrase.
Add a year to that and it turned into this (after getting back from vacation, I couldn't take it anymore!)...
Yah. I know, embarrassing! But in the name of projects & organization, it's only fair to show the "before".
The main plan: To remove the current shelving... it's shallow, hard to reach and a bit uneven (so you always had the feeling like something was going to fall).
Here we are midway. Everything removed from the space. Unfortunately the previous owners just painted over the tracks when they painted the laundry closet. They didn't leave any paint info or touch up behind. We really did NOT want to slow our project down by having to paint, so we just left the white strips. I should probably be ashamed of that being that I have a design background, but to be honest I'm really not. I just wanted the space back together and more functional!
Then up went the wire shelving... we choose 16" deep ones (it was only $13.99 instead of what's listed online) to be able to reach it easier and to not feel like stuff was going to take a nose dive off! Overall between the 3 shelves, all the clips & anchors, the support bars, and two little extra organizers... it came to about $80.
The end result!
I know some like to know what is where....
|These 3 baskets separate rags, kitchen towels & washcloths, and then the washcloths to wash Luke up after meals & his bibs|
|The box on the first shelf in the middle holds light bulbs, |
the clear container holds all garbage bags, ziplocs, foil and saran wrap
There's still hanging space on the rod to the right for drying
|I love these little baskets added onto the shelf. It holds little things like the lint roller, lingerie bag, tide pen, chalk (great for oil/grease based stains!), and the water filler for the iron.|
There's still one more thing to add... but I have to find it first. We have a wall mounted iron rack and ironing board holder. We definitely cannot fit the ironing board in here, but we could certainly mount the rack for the iron and from the hook I decided I'd hang my apron instead. I unpacked it when we first moved and didn't think we'd get to use it. However, I did NOT get rid of it. I remember thinking... I bet we can still mount this for the iron... I just don't know where I thought was a good interim place!?
Perhaps not pretty enough to be pinterest-worthy, but it's organized. Everything has it's place and everything is in it's place! Feels good, about time anyway... man I'm having deja-vu... ugh, the trials and tribulations of moving every 3 years!