Friday, April 17, 2009

Restoring Order: The Laundry Room

When I saw that Rebecca and Monica were hosting Restoring Order I thought this was a great time to get to work on my laundry room. It has been out of control for weeks and negatively affecting my motivation to actually do the necessary work in there. When I started on it today I found laundry in all stages, a bunch of clothes which needed to be ironed, cleaning supplies, gifts in hiding (waiting to be wrapped or delivered), outgrown clothes, worn-out clothes, craft supplies, cloth tote bags and curtains, among other things. I really needed to pare down to what is essential to have in the laundry room and purge or put away that which had been dumped there in recent months for one reason or another. Here are the before shots....humbling.




To restore order to this space I did all the laundry and put it away, ironed the pile of things which needed ironing, discarded or stored the unsuitable clothing, wrapped all the gifts for upcoming events and stored them elsewhere, emptied the trash, washed the floor, baseboards and door and washed the adjoining hall and bathroom. I know that tomorrow we will have an abundance of laundry again, but for today I just really needed to hit the reset button so that tomorrow I won't be overwhelmed at the thought of doing a normal task like laundry. Here are the after shots....aaaahhh!


What areas are you working to restore to order today? See what others are doing here.

8 comments:

Rebecca said...

Wow! Great job friend! I bet now it's a treat to do laundry in such a pleasant place. :)

Hope you are well - have a great weekend!

thehomespunheart said...

Oh, it looks great! Well done! My laundry room needs some help as well - hope you'll enjoy your clean space!

Jenny's Vegcafe said...

Good job.

My laundry room is smaller than yours and is also a walkway to the garage.
I have the hardest time keeping it clean as it's the first place to drop something when you come in the door and I have no storage space. I love how you have everything labeled.

Anna said...

Looks great! I always find it easier to get things done in a non-cluttered atmosphere. The problem is getting to that non-cluttered state in the first place!

Amy Phelps said...

I'm doing the "atta girl" cheer over here. Looks fabulous! I am also trying to follow along with this challenge. Very convenient that the MOPS garage sale was last weekend. Way to go Rachel!

Kimberly said...

It was great to see you today!! I have to tell you that you inspired me to work on my laundry room too. It looks so nice!!!

Tere said...

Thanks for sharing, Rachel. I have a lot of RESTORING to do around our home. I was going to work on the laundry room tomorrow, so this is an inspiration to me!

Mary Ann said...

You did great! We all have those spots in our homes.:-) My laundry room serves so many purposes and really becomes a catch-all for everything!