Can I be completely honest here?
I’m not having a good day.
I just wrote a book about joy and hope and I’m in short supply today. I dropped my son off for his freshman year at college yesterday and it is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
In the history of ever.
I kept it together until we pulled out of the parking lot and then I melted down. Not the sweet cry where a tear escapes and you wipe it away and your mascara doesn’t even really run. I was a full on sobbing, blubbery hot mess. I wailed. I put my head in my elbow on the corner of the car and gulped and cried and gulped some more until my sleeve was wet and my eyes were tiny slits.
It was pitiful.
I thought I was okay today until I woke up and took the dog out and saw a baseball in the yard. And here I am again. Crying.
So I’m distracting myself by writing a post on laundry room organization tips. I wasn’t going to write a post today because I was so sad, but writing is good for the heart and the soul and crying eyes.
This blog is like therapy.
It’s so much easier to talk about where to put your laundry soap than abandoned baseballs.
(total aside: I wish you could see me at this exact moment. I’m wiping away tears, straightening my shoulders and re-focusing on this post and writing away a little of the sadness.)
Okay, I’m ready.
This laundry room is located just inside one of the back door.
It’s the main passageway if you come in the door by the cars.
When we first started working on this space I had several goals:
1. It had to be cute. I didn’t want everyone walking through piles of dirty laundry and uncuteness.
2. I needed a place to store laundry soap.
3. I needed a place to keep the dog’s food and water.
4. I needed a coffee station/microwave station/toaster station all in one place.
5. I needed a place to keep extra vases and plates and decorative items when I wasn’t using them.
6. I needed a place for all those plastic bags.
7. I needed a place to store extra mail, etc.
That is a tall order.
And this is a little room.
Here’s how it lives big with all its organization.
Here’s the answer to number 7.
This mail basket.
It hangs on the back door.
Here’s a close-up.
It’s the perfect place to keep letters before they are mailed or something that you need to take with you before you leave or an extra key for someone.
Sometimes I keep the dog leash here, too.
Here’s the laundry side of the room.
We had it built-in because the floor is uneven and it prevented the washing machine from working.
I store Tide, Gain, etc. in little storage containers between the washer and dryer.
I found the basket on the top at Target.
It’s where I put dish towels when they get dirty or dirty clothes that collect downstairs or extra towels that need to be washed.
It’s the perfect catchall for all the stray laundry.
It might look a little small—but it can actually hold an entire load of laundry and the large weave helps keep some of the stink from collecting.
This little rolling notepad that I just bought at Target is the perfect place for last minute grocery items.
Lately, I’ve been ordering groceries from WalMart and it has literally changed my life.
Does anyone else do that? I think Kroger and some of the other grocery stores do that, too. We didn’t have it in KY, but in Texas apparently, it is a thing. Once a week, I put in an order from this list and other family requests and things we are running low on and then put an order online. They will deliver it for a small fee or you can go to the store and pick it up.
I need to write a post all about it and how it has inspired me to actually COOK.
But I’ll save that for another day.
(total aside: that was such a random grocery ordering rabbit trail. Focus KariAnne. Focus.)
Here’s the laundry soap part of the room that answers number 2.
I keep laundry soap and fabric sheets in these glass jars.
They are great for storing extra laundry supplies and I got them at WalMart.
Here’s how I solved number 3, 4, and 5.
All the extra decorative plates are stored on the shelves up above.
This area is set up for coffee with all the supplies, like filters, coffee, mini cups, tea, and hot chocolate, stored in milk glass containers or these burlap baskets.
This tiny mug tree sits on the countertop.
It’s the home for all the mugs.
I store all the plastic bags in these burlap baskets.
You can also see Buddy’s water and food bowl on the bottom shelf to the left.
The barn door slides over to hide the trash can when we aren’t using it.
I have extra party supplies in the other burlap baskets.
I feel better.
I feel less sad.
Blog therapy always makes me happy.
I don’t have more time to cry because school is starting.
I have a drill teamer.
And a cheerleader in the house.
No time for crying over baseballs. 🙂