Monday, June 20, 2011

Laundry Room Surface Update

My goal to clean up those flat surfaces in my laundry room that were collecting everything we didn't have a place for has been a success so far. My plan was to come up with some organizational containers and use only what I already had. No spending and I did it including making my cute chalkboard labels that I already shared here.

One big problem was recycling that was waiting to be taken outside. It was always piling up on the counter. I took a small white trashcan that was not being used in another room and slid it under my butcher block table and slapped one of those labels on there. Genius. Why I had not done this before actually shows I am not a genius but two weeks later it is working like a charm.




Already in use, I had my laundry items corralled in a basket but my daughters would always just leave the lint from the dryer on top of it. So I thought I would put a little garbage can from the bar in here and put one of those labels on it and maybe they would get the hint. It has been working great.




I tend to come in here and sort mail and open packages so I needed a place to put mail until I file it away in my desk so I took a sort of rusty metal planter that was not being used in the backyard, and hung in on the wall. A small bucket hold pens, scissors and other items we use frequently. An old baking pan holds tape and  other clips I use to organize my coupons. So I met my goal and came up with organizational areas and found supplies to create them right here in the house. $0 spent. That is always a good thing.



29 comments:

laurie said...

what a beautiful room, wish I had had this 20 years ago,, three teenagers and and cats and dogs ago,,this is the perfect family accessable room, the storage solutions are jsut perfect,, you had some very nice pieces to pick from,

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

what great ideas! and looks so good too!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Brilliant ideas. Your laundry room looks very organized!

Gen said...

everything looks great!

Holly said...

Nice job. Laundry doesn't seem like such a chore when done in a beautiful room like yours. Love the metal touches.

A Vintage Green said...

Happy look for organization.
- Joy

Linda said...

It looks wonderful and the best part is the price!! Well...organization is good too!

Ginger Zuck said...

great genuis ideas! It looks great.

Comeca Jones said...

Great ideas!

Kerin said...

Great job!! I love all the galvanized containers that you put to good use. They add a huge dose of old fashioned charm :)
Hope you have a great week !!

GardenofDaisies (Gayle) said...

Looks great! I love that you used old bread pans and buckets and spend $0! And I like the chalk labels.

Emma said...

HI! I've just discovered your lovely blog! what brilliant ideas! so simple yet make such a difference, I really need a little Lint bin too! I shall have to have a hunt around my home to find a container for it too! Thank you for sharing your great ideas

poppilinnstudios said...

Looks great! I still have to organize my laundry. Keep putting it off...
-Lynn

Cindy said...

Very nice!I like the look of those metal containers and the chalk labels.

SavannahGranny said...

Great ideas. Kudos for the zero dollars budget. Just proves most of us already have everything we need. LOL! NOT!
Everything looks so handy. Tell me, do you recycle the lint and if so what do you do with it. I feel I need to do something beside throwing it away.
Have a great week. Ginger :)

Grace said...

Love your ideas, thank you. Being nosey - what's the crock for? I have one just like it and I've never really found a use for it.

Shug said...

Girl....I need you right here....helping me!
I have a two or three little places that I really neded to get down and get organized...I think you have inspired me!
Looks great and I know your family will appreciate your hard work and SAVINGS....
Blessings.
shug

Val said...

Fabulous ideas....you are always so creative!

Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life said...

Great job repurposing items in your home!

Olive Cooper said...

The laundry room is the last great horizon of decorating and organization and you have conquered it. I sadly have not.

~~Carol~~ said...

Love all of these ideas, especially the lint keeper. We could really use one of those, and unfortunately it's usually me who forgets to throw the lint wads away!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Simple and effective. My favourite kind of organizing ideas. Love the basked for products too.

Debra said...

Great ideas! I just love the lint bucket.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Love what you did - in oh so many ways! Okay, let me count them. LOL

1. Used what you had.
2. Organizational nirvana.
3. Family seems to be following the scheme.
4. Love galvanized metal!
5. Love chalkboards!
6. Love labels!
7. Ummm.....I'm sure there must be more, but I'm getting tired.

Susan said...

I love your use of the galvanized metal! How perfect for a laundry room!

Meowlissa said...

Great ideas as always :)

Precious said...

I love the lint bucket!

Sass said...

I love the lint bucket! And while I don't have a cute bucket like that -- I did come across a container that is actually in my "I don't know what to do with this so it will probably end up donated" box which I think will now end up as my lint bucket in my laundry closet! Thanks for the idea!

MyJourneyBack said...

Great ideas! I love repurposing items too..especially old ones. Great idea for the mail bin and the bread pan! Thanks for sharing. Nice to meet you. BTW I enjoyed your kitchen and trailer tour.
Have a great day,
Sherry

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