If you have followed this blog for any length of time, you probably have read about me wanting to get rid of all of the wire Rubbermaid closet systems in the house. I have gotten rid of most of them, but one that has remained so much longer than was necessary was the shelves that were in the laundry room.
When we remodeled the kitchen, we took a few of the old cabinets and hung them in the garage for additional storage. I wanted to take some others and use them in the laundry room, but Stan told me that it would be easier to get new cabinets. Sooooooo, I went several years (more than three) with those shelves. The problem with the shelves besides how cheap they looking astheticly, is how difficult it is to keep things neat. The holes from wires had things falling through unless you had baskets. I couldn’t store as much as on the shelves, it was just a mess.
Whenever I thought of my laundry room, my biggest wish was to be able to place all of my cleaning/laundry supplies in a cabinet so that they could be organize and not be visible to anyone (including myself). I wanted to be able to fold clothes in the laundry room; I feel that if I fold as I take them out of the dryer, I’m more likely to get everything folded right away and I won’t have clothes in the basket until the next laundry day comes around.
A few months ago, I got tired of looking at my laundry room the way that it was. I felt like it was a horrible reflection of my organization skills in there. I started looking around for a handyman to install the cabinets and went on the hunt for the perfect cabinets to hang in the space. I decided on a cabinet from IKEA that cost around $25.
I arranged to have the install done on Wednesday so I put the cabinet together the day before because it was a laundry week meaning that I had done laundry on Monday and I still had items that needed to be put away and were hanging up. I had to clean out the space the morning of the install – it didn’t make any sense how much crap I had accumulated.
The transformation of the space is all that I knew in my heart it would be. When I tell you that I LOVE the new look and flow of my laundry room, I mean I LOVE it. There is so much room in there now. How did that happen when I didn’t take anything away, I just found dedicated spacing for all the supplies. I now had space to fold clothes. The hanging area seemed larger. I don’t know how else to explain it…it just is better.
I ended up getting some baskets to go on the top of the cabinets that finished out the look. This was one of my favorite house upgrades and I think it was the smallest change – the addition of cabinets.
I think my next project is going to be the flooring on the second floor. I have picked it out – we had to go with a different brand because the bottom floors brand no longer makes that color – and we are ready. The goal is to make this happen with as little financial strain as possible and y’all know flooring pricing can get up there.
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