For MONTHS I have been pouring over pictures of laundry/mudrooms on Pinterest and other places looking for inspiration!
I have a small, narrow space that doubles as my laundry area AND as a mud room…and lately it’s lack of organization has been driving me crazy!
So I have looked at probably a thousand or more pictures of “picture perfect” laundry rooms and mud rooms searching for SOMETHING I could extract and use in my own little space.
Man oh man are there some AMAZING laundry/mud rooms out there!
Here are a few fairly SIMPLE ones I found:
And here’s some more ELABORATE ones:
While I have found many, many examples I would love to replicate…but with limited space and funds…what I REALLY needed was just a few key changes that would help control the chaos.
So here are a couple of BEFORE and AFTERS of my humble updates that have made ALL the difference in the world (for now).
THIS is probably the thing that drives me the MOST CRAZY! Shoes in a pile on the floor! This is actually not a BAD picture of this space…it can look MUCH worse. lol. My “rule” is one pair of shoes per person can be in this room…the rest have to be in their closets or in the garage (winter boots, etc.). But even when that rule is being followed (which is rare!), it’s still annoying to have shoes haphazardly thrown there. Someone is always tripping on an errant shoe that has escaped it’s ambiguous confines.
So this is what I came up with for a grand total of about $24.00 for both at Walmart!
And if we didn’t have such large FEET in this family, I could probably fit even more shoes than this! :-)
This has always been how we have corralled the dirty laundry in the laundry room. One big basket on the floor right across from the washer and dryer. The “apple basket” only comes out during the winter and holds winter gloves and hat. Pretty comprehensive system huh?
Well, this turned out to be one of those, “Why didn’t I do this a LONG time ago?” moments…because for approximately $14.00 I purchased this laundry sorter at Walmart to replace both baskets.
The winter gloves and hats moved over to “the mudroom” end on the new wire shelving…and the clothes stayed here. Now I can even SORT them as they come into the laundry for washing! I’m going to make a couple of cute signs of some sort to hang on the the front, so the “men” in this house won’t have any excuse for mixing them all up. ;-)
I still have hopes of creating a “dream” laundry room/mud room space someday. A place where the laundry does itself and there’s never any mud! Oh wait…that IS a dream! That’s OK…I’m content with dreaming for now….because even these LITTLE organizing efforts have gone a LONG way towards saving my sanity. :-)