Monday, January 12, 2009

I'm back to blogging!

Happy 2009! It's been a bit crazy trying to get Christmas taken down, sorted through, and put away. I did it and even have a box to donate of Christmas decorations to boot.

We have been busy cleaning and organizing, since that is one of my New Year's Resolutions. So far, we've thoroughly cleaned the playroom (happens about every couple of months) and have it so that children can no longer be lost in the mess.

My laundry room has been a sore subject for quite some time. Simply because it is unfinished, in the unfinished basement. It's a pain to get everything down there, back up again, and to remember that I have laundry to do (out of sight, out of mind). Also, my washer was starting to not work so good (I wonder why, it's only about 30 years old). It started with the gift of a washer and dryer from my friend Michelle. They bought front loaders on an amazing sale, and gave us their 8 year old set. It's amazing how 20 years newer affects your laundry! We are working on the dryer, it has a little part that needs fixing, so it still isn't installed yet, but soon will be. So with new machines coming, I got busy while Jeff was watching the second half of the Sugar Bowl.

There was a closeline strung up between the studs for me to hang my clothes on to dry (I only put towels, socks, jammies, etc. in the dryer). We took advantage of a terrific IKEA sale on some shelves. I went to Lowe's and picked up a 10' closet rod, and some brackets to hold it up. We had been storing everything (detergent, cleaning supplies, cleaning rags, etc.) on the floor in boxes because I had no shelves or cupboards. It always bothered me that it is right next to the playroom and completely accessible to the children, or any children visitng for that matter. So now they are up off the floor and out of the way. My laundry room feels so much larger now!

Eventually, when we finish the laundry room, I am making a laundry chute from our closet down to the laundry room. And of course we'll have plenty of cupboards and baskets and such. But in the mean time, this is TONS better.
After:And we did it all for under $50! The shelves and the rod we can reuse when we actually finish the room, so it definitely wasn't money wasted.


Katie said...

IMPRESSIVE! Can't wait to play with the laundry chute next time we visit.

Maryann said...

Very impressive!! Not only your organization skills, but you're stock of cleaning supplies! :)

Brooke said...

That's enough to make you want to go down and work in there! It looks great.

We have a laundry shoot from our closet straight down to the laundry room. It is wonderful. Not as wonderful as a laundry room on the main floor, but I chose to put it downstairs because I wanted more then a little closet.

When we finished the basement it also made it a lot nicer to go down and do laundry!

Glad you are back to blogging. We Prices were wondering if you were hiding out from some unlike-able weather :)

scollier said...

Hey!! Good to have you back. I have missed you. Your laundry room looks awesome. Just and fyi my sister had her baby last night. I will have to talk to you soon.
Take care. Love ya tons