When we first moved into our place back in November, the laundry quickly became a junk closet. It was the place that we put things that didn’t have a place yet – artwork, the vacuum cleaner, brooms, mops, plastic bags (full of more plastic bags), and laundry baskets filled with miscellaneous items. It was all just shoved in there and we could conveniently close the door on the mess whenever visitors came over.
After returning from our USA trip, one of the first things we did was pick up the washing machine that was bought for us by a friend on sale while we were away. Naturally that meant that all of the junk that we had been storing in the place where the washing machine was meant to sit in the laundry had to go. (At this stage, we have hung some of the paintings, but most of the mess, I’m somewhat ashamed to say, has been relocated into our bedroom. Just for now. Hopefully.)
The other day I noticed that despite the fact that we had ‘cleaned out’ the laundry, it still wasn’t a very nice or functional space to be in. There were still the bags of plastic bags, the laundry baskets and things sitting on the floor which meant that we couldn’t go out the laundry door to hang things on the clothes line, we have to go out another door in the kitchen. There was no colour – it was just a fairly bland space to be in.
After doing a load of washing one night, I realised that it wouldn’t actually take much effort to whip it into shape. A quick trip to IKEA, a purchase on Etsy and some adhesive hooks was all it took.
It went from looking like this:
To looking like this:
The quick fixes were:
- Getting the plastic bags up off the floor and into a bag storage container from IKEA mounted on the wall. Price: $2
- Moving the recyclable bags into the boots of our cars, ready to be used for their actual purpose: to carry shopping! Price: Nothing.
- Hanging some art. The cow canvas was one I made already using some fabric from Marimekko. The ‘Home Sweet Home’ printable was $5.69 from PrintableHome on Etsy. Price: $15 for the frame (Ribba IKEA) and $8 for the 3M velcro hooks to hang them (10 in a pack).
- Wall mounting the DustBuster. This brought me great joy as it also meant Dylan could tidy away the cords that were cluttering the corner of the lounge room. Price: Just the cost of the 3M velcro hooks mentioned above.
So, for less than $30, I think the laundry looks a whole lot better. There is no longer any mess on the floor, we can now use the door and the art makes it a brighter, more cheerful room.
Plus, I get to cross off ‘Buy a washing machine’ and ‘Buy something from Etsy’ from my 101 in 1001 list, so it’s smiles all round.