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Over the next few days I want to share a slew of tweaks I did to our laundry room. It is fast becoming my favorite room in the house! The changes went way beyond making a neat laundry room, to making a pretty laundry room.
I started with a list of all the laundry supplies I needed to store and set out to find pretty containers. I was able to find everything I needed at Target to make laundry storage beautiful. The once cluttered, ugly shelf above the washer and dryer, is now a pretty site. I am doing laundry everyday, so I wanted it to be enjoyable. It is amazing how much a pretty space can impact your mood when doing the most mundane tasks.
My first change was adding beverage dispensers to hold laundry detergent. They are much more attractive than the detergent dispensers and dispense the soap just as easily. I positioned them on the shelf over the sink, in case they drip after use. They have actually been really good. I chose these particular dispensers, because I liked the metal screw on lids. I did not want a glass lid like many beverage dispensers have.
When I was in line to check out at Target, the sweet lady behind me asked what I was going to do with the beverage dispensers. I told her my plan and her eyes lit up. As I was paying, I heard her whispering my plan to her hubby. Her reaction was the confirmation I needed that I was on the right path to creating a pretty laundry room.
I also found the acrylic lazy susan in the bathroom storage section at Target. It is perfect for holding all the smaller laundry bottles, like starch and stain removers. I found a small glass jar in the kitchen section to hold the oxi-clean. And a glass carafe with rubber lid to hold the woolite dark detergent we use for dark jeans. I cut out circles of chalkboard vinyl to create simple labels for all the containers. If the contents change, it is easy to change the label.
One of my favorite changes is the dryer sheets. I hate reaching into the dryer sheet box. Instead, I found this nickel vanity tray in the bathroom section. It was the perfect size to hold a stack of dryer sheets. Since we run a load almost everyday, I am not worried about the dryer sheets getting dusty.
Another big change, was removing all my punches and craft paints from the wire shelves above the laundry sink. I reclaimed the space for frequently used cleaning and laundry supplies.
On the upper shelf, I used a few $1 mini loaf pans from Michaels to hold laundry supplies; affresh tablets for cleaning the washer, Dryel, and measuring cups. On the lower shelf I have extra cleaning sponges and magic erasers.
The little ceramic heart dish is from World Market. It is for lost & found items. The ceramic jar, also from World Market, is for loose change. I kept my little paint cans, from Michaels, to hold Tide to-go pens, a sharpie, and an old toothbrush for scrubbing stains.
Now, I see this pretty shelf every time I walk into the laundry room. It feels so nice, organized, and clean.