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Laundry Room Re-fresh!

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It’s laundry room week and time to whip our laundry spaces into shape!  I spent years without a real laundry room in past apartments/homes so when I had the chance to design this house I went a little crazy and added two!  (I’m tricky like that.)  This laundry room I’m sharing today is upstairs close to my kids’ bedrooms and my dream when I designed it was that someday my kids would completely take over and do all of their own laundry.  When we moved into this house my kids were 3, 7 and 9 and that dream felt pretty unachievable.  Ha!  But I’m happy to report that my kids (who are now almost 11, 15 and 17) all do their own laundry!  It’s a miracle I never thought I’d actually witness!  I’ll chat more about my laundry routine at the end of this post, but first here is a little re-fresh I recently gave this space!  I still love my striped rug but it has been years since I updated this laundry room and it was time.  Above is how it was looking before..

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And this is how it’s looking today.  Just a little lighter and brighter for Spring!  It feels so happy and I didn’t spend much at all.  The only new item is this blush runner that I found on-line.  I didn’t want to spend too much on a rug for this laundry room because this isn’t a high traffic area and knowing me I’ll probably switch it out again at some point.  I was excited to find a cute runner for such a great price!  It has been over 8 years since I picked out the paint color for these cabinets and I love it every bit as much today as I did then.  I never get tired of green. :)

(You can download all of my paint colors here.)

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Everything else I already had!  I just shopped my house.

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{tower art here & here/wild poppy art/dotted terra-cotta planter/seagrass woven tray/glass jars}

I tried to stick with warm wood tones and whites and I brought in some of my favorite art that makes me happy.

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My Hello Sunshine lemon is a long time favorite.  It reminds me of my blog – my happy place where I get to hang out with all of you and talk about green laundry room cabinets and lemon art. :)

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{similar white faux flowers here & here}

Some pretty faux flowers in a vase brighten up every space!

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If you’re new here my pull out laundry hampers are how we store dirty clothes in this room.  They are the first thing I ever sketched out for this house and I can’t recommend them enough if you are building/re-modeling.  If you don’t have the space for them I’ve seen so many cool ways to organize laundry with baskets!  Type “laundry room hampers” in the Pinterest search bar and so many fun options will pop up.

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I didn’t get a picture of this and will share it better in IG stories this week but I have each hamper labeled when you pull them out – lights, darks and towels.  My kids have hampers in their bedrooms but then separate their clothes in these hampers every couple of days or when they are about to do laundry.

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We have a pull out ironing board in this room too but I rarely use it.  I absolutely hate ironing!  It’s one of my least favorite chores so I just don’t do it very often.  (Because I’m tricky like that.)  I try to buy wrinkle free clothes and when something really needs to be ironed.. I use a steamer.  Anyone else with me on this one?  Maybe my kids will like ironing better than I do?  We haven’t tackled that one yet.. mastering one life skill at at time over here. ;)

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As far as tips for organizing laundry supplies.. I really don’t have much in this room!  The few things I do use I keep in this cupboard above my washer and then I use the rest of the space in these cupboards to store my Christmas village! #priorities ;)  We display this village on the long table in our upstairs hallway each holiday season so I moved the village here a few years ago.  It’s so much easier to set up and take down each year with it all stored right next to the table we set it up on.  The rest of the drawers in this room are completely empty!

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I’m pretty minimal when it comes to laundry products.  I use Tide Pods to wash our clothes and store them in these good grip jars that are long time favorites.  I keep them located right next to the washing machine.  They are out of sight when you walk in the room but are close to the washer and easy for my kids to reach.  The jars seal so tight and are perfect for laundry pods.

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When it comes to doing laundry I think it’s so important to have a routine in place!  What that routine looks like doesn’t matter and it will be different for every family.  The important thing (if you want to stay on top of your laundry and not let it get the best of you!) is just to have a routine.  When my kids were little I cleaned my house in the late afternoon/evening and always did a load of laundry when my girls were playing together in their bathtub (their bathroom was next to my washer/dryer in our last house).  When we moved into this house and my kids started getting older my evenings became a lot busier so I started doing laundry in the morning.  Most mornings my routine is the same.  I wake up and splash some water on my face and put on my workout clothes.  I toss a load of wash in and then get on our treadmill for 30-40 minutes.  After I exercise I put the clean clothes in the dryer and then start getting my kids up and going for school.  I used to then toss in a load of the kids’ laundry in their laundry room too while I was upstairs getting them up.  Then I’d toss those clothes in the dryer after I dropped them off at school.  I usually end up folding and putting away clothes later in the afternoon in-between my kids’ activities.  Now that my kids do their own laundry I don’t use this laundry room much other than to help with their towels and sheets.  Tuesday is my main cleaning day so that’s the day that I always wash sheets and towels.  I wash our sheets most weeks and I wash my kids’ sheets every other week (one week I wash Kole’s and the next week I wash the girls’ sheets).  With this system I’m usually pretty caught up on laundry by Friday so I don’t have to do any over the weekend.  For me it has always been so much easier to do a load of laundry a day vs. spending one whole day doing laundry, but I know for some families that might not be the case!  Try out doing laundry a few different times/ways and see what works best.  Set a reminder on your phone each day if you have to until it becomes a routine.  I would love to hear about your laundry routine in the comments!  If you’re really struggling to stay on top of laundry I would recommend doing a load or two a day at the same time every day.  It’s so nice when you can stay on top of it all!

A few tips for the week while we get our laundry space organized!  

– pull everything out of the room!
– touch each item and place it in a sack or pile
– wipe out/clean drawers, cupboards, shelves
– categorize the “keep” pile
(laundry supplies, storage, etc.)
– place items back in drawers, cupboards, shelves
– label any clear containers
– toss socks w/o a match
– clean out the washing machine (Google how to do this with your machine!  I just cleaned ours out a few months ago.. not a fun job but so nice to have done!)
– vacuum the lint trap
– use bins/baskets to sort dirty clothes (lights/darks/towels)
– establish a routine for laundry & get the family on board!
– add flowers/decorate (make it a happy space!)

So here’s the deal.. my home is mostly organized but there are two spaces that are just a continual hot mess because I haven’t taken the time to really organize them well.  One of them is my master closet.  The other one?  My main floor laundry room!  So I’ll be reading my own tips and totally organizing my messy laundry room this week right along with you!  A big part of the reason I did this challenge is because I knew it would force me to organize spaces I haven’t prioritized (because I’m tricky like that) and this laundry room is one of those spaces!  Here are a few “befores.”  Warning.. it’s bad.

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Um.. what exactly is happening in these cupboards!?

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And these drawers?  Laughing because I have my favorite battery organizer and yet.. batteries aren’t in it!  Just hanging out all around it!  Ha.  Kenny bought some and then I found some in another room.. anyway.. I think we’re covered on batteries!

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Need a lightbulb anyone?

Yeah.. like I said.. this room needs some help!  Every drawer and cupboard is like this because I just haven’t taken the time to organize them.  This room ALWAYS gets put on the back burner.  I’m so excited to get on top of it this week!  I’ll hopefully have some progress to share soon!  We are also tackling kids’ shoes this week so if you have any type of mudroom/entry/shoe system set up we’re cleaning up and organizing those spaces too.  Lots to do!  Best of luck to all of you and wish me the same!

I’ll definitely need it. :)


xoxo, Erin
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22 thoughts on “Laundry Room Re-fresh!

  1. That upstairs laundry room of yours just makes me smile. Doing laundry isn’t a chore for me, but I know I’d enjoy it even more if I got to do it in such a bright and cheery space! I think I’ve told you that my laundry room is a closet with bifold doors in our hallway. And we just got a new washer and dryer, so it was recently partially cleaned out. Congratulations on getting your kiddos to do their own laundry. Mine know how to do it, but I generally do most of the laundry on Wednesdays and either I or my husband will do it on either Saturday or Sunday. So two days a week. Or if my husband finds random things to wash he’ll do another load then. But as I said, I don’t mind doing laundry at all. There is something satisfying to me about going through that whole routine all the way to folding and putting clothes away. I’m weird, I know. My girls do put their own clothes away. :) Thanks for sharing and good luck with the other laundry room. I look forward to seeing how you pull it together. :)

    1. Jeanne so fun you got a new washer and dryer! The best. My mom has always loved laundry too! Very therapeutic to fold sometimes isn’t it? I don’t mind actually doing it, but it’s always hanging over my head because it’s one of those things that’s never really “done.” I think that’s what I don’t love about it! If I could do laundry once a week and have it feel complete and done maybe I’d be more fond of it.. ha. ;)

  2. Hi Erin, your laundry room looks wonderful! My favorite part is that the plug for the iron is up high. It drives me crazy when I am ironing curtains and the cord gets in the way. I’m not a fan of ironing but, I do like my curtains to be wrinkle free. Thank you for the inspiration to get organized again this spring!

    1. Thank you so much Noreen! That is handy for sure.. cords are a pain aren’t they!? I agree.. nothing like wrinkle free curtains. :)

  3. Your blue/green cabinets are my favorite! My cabs are white, but I used a similar color on the walls and it’s such a breath of fresh air. Your refresh is super springy and cheerful.

  4. I’ve always wondered how one gets to the back of the laundry machine (to fix something) when they are inside a cabinet like that. Care to share? My husband is paranoid about needing to work on our machines (yes, he’s had to fix them some in the past), so he doesn’t want me to cover them like that. I would really like to at least add a countertop across the top of them.

    1. That’s a good question Libbe! You just have to pull them out from the cabinet. My husband has fixed ours a time or two also and I have to help him pull the machine out and on to the floor. A little bit of a hassle but very doable! :)

  5. Is there a link for the white hampers? Your laundry room is terrific. I’m using your tips and appreciate the help!

    1. Thank you Cinda! I wish I had one for you! I had the pull outs made custom and my cabinet guy found the hampers to build the cabinets around.

  6. Hi! I’m not sure if my previous question went through. If it did, I’m sorry for the repeat! I was wondering where you got the rattan, wicker? basket. It’s the one with something white in it lol. I have been searching high and low for that basket, but can’t seem to find it anywhere. Thanks!!

    1. Hi Melissa! So sorry I missed your question the first time! That basket was from Anthropologie. I bought it a couple of years ago but it sold out. :(

  7. Can you share the link to the laundry baskets you used in your totally awesome laundry room? Thank you.

    1. Hi Renee! I wish I had one for you! Our cabinet guy bought those when he custom made the pull out cabinets and I don’t know where they are from!

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