Unorganized Laundry Room – Before

7-17-16 Laundry Room Doors

You may have noticed in my house tour that I’ve strategically photographed only one side of the kitchen. Well, here it goes. I give you a “real talk” photo of the empty, unfinished, catch-all side of our kitchen.

There’s enough room for a small table in the bay window, but the problem is there are 3 doors and a pair of bi-fold doors leading to the laundry room.

7-17-16 Laundry Room and Breakfast Nook Layout

Here’s a not-to-scale image of how many doors we have back there! I hope to one day find a table solution for back there, but for now I’m going to focus on the scary lack of organization going on in the laundry closet.

7-17-16 Bifold Laundry Room Doors

You can see to the right, there’s junk piled up which reminds me of something else I should share. We have zero storage closets downstairs. Yep. Not even a coat closet. There’s a small pantry in the kitchen but obviously we use that for food. Which brings me to…

7-17-16 Laundry Room Cabinets Before

…the two cabinets above our washer and dryer. Cue the horror music sounds. Literally everything we want out of sight gets tossed carelessly on one of these shelves. The bottom left shelf is (mostly) cleaning supplies and detergent, and basically everything else on these shelves is non-sensical.

7-17-16 Nailed Broom and Mops

On the left wall, I drilled in a few screws to hang up our broom and mops.

7-17-16 Empty Cabinets Laundry Room

Just emptying these shelves gave me a sense of relief. I’m determined not to re-load them until I have a better grip on the junk and a storage system in place.

7-17-16 Laundry Room Idea 1

Pottery Barn

I would love for this little nook to wind up looking like this. But this might be a little too frilly.

7-17-16 Laundry Room Idea 2

Who What Wear

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RUSTIC ORGANIZATION AND DECOR

It’s hard to believe school is coming to an end in the next week! My kids will be graduating third grade and kindergarten and end-of-the-year activities are well underway. At the end of the school year I alway look back and think how I wish I’d been a little more organized throughout the year and stayed on top of things. Maybe in an upcoming post, I’ll have a solution to the paper monsters breeding in Myra’s bedroom.

While browsing on Amazon, I came across this interesting block calendar which started my turning organization wheels. But oops—I got side-tracked and started looking at rustic decor and organizers. I’m especially loving that antique jewelry holder. It might end up in my kid’s yellow and turquoise bathroom one day.

Rustic Home Decor and Organization

  1. Ohio Wholesale Vintage Perpetual Calendar
  2. Kate Aspen Vintage Lantern
  3. Square Wood Napkin Holder
  4. Ohio Wholesale Vintage Soap Dish
  5. Grazing Vintage Decorative Wall Clock
  6. Antique Jewelry Hanger

Printable Grocery List

One way that’s helped me get organized and save time is by grouping my shopping list according to section. I used to find myself missing things on my grocery list and having to run all the way to the back of the store for that one item. Finally, I gave up and started making mini lists for each department of the store. I made up a printable example. Hope it helps organize your trip to the store as much as it has for me.

Grocery List
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