Laundry Room Re-do
It’s a known fact around our house that I am the one that can’t sit still. When we started dating, JD joked about how annoying it was that we couldn’t just watch a movie… I had to knit or do something random while watching. Thankfully, after years of dating and marriage, I have learned to appreciate the state of restfulness and just being. But, when your own mother — the mother of said ants-in-the-pants person — comes to help you for many days after you’ve given birth to your child, sooner or later she’s going to do odd jobs and random projects around the house because she’s the one who passed along the ants-in-the-pants gene.
Since cooking, cleaning, and taking care of Maggie just wasn’t enough for my high-energy momma, she also rearranged our pantry (angels sing every time I open the pantry door now) and reorganized our laundry room. And, who can resist a good old-fashioned before and after blog post? Because this one is awesome.
I think I do a fairly good job keeping our house organized, but sometimes there are drawers and rooms that just stay in a half-arranged state because you get used to how they look and the energy to make it better seems daunting. Much like the spice cabinet project, it takes a lot of effort to think through how to re-work a space, and it’s just easier to stick to the routines of how things are designed, rather than figure out new processes, even if they are better.
Here’s our laundry room in its original state (mostly… Mom had begun taking stuff out and putting it out the washer and dryer.. I’m not that bad!).
And here’s her handiwork after…
I think what was most appealing about this whole project (besides Mom purchasing all the storage boxes and doing all the work!) was how she wanted to keep the items that I used the most as accessible as possible. Before, I had many items that I didn’t use often interspersed with the detergent and other daily use products. She really thought through the needs of the room, rather than just making the space prettier and clean. She also created more floor space by hanging up the iron and ironing board on the wall, something I hadn’t really thought of. She also added labels to boxes, which will prevent me from being lazy and just throwing any sheet or towel anywhere, just to get it out of the way. There’s a place for everything, and everything is in its place… a true method for managing clutter.
She did an awesome job, and I’m so pleased every single time I walk into the room. Laundry is actually a pleasure! Thanks, Mom!!
And, just for fun, here’s my mom with a less-than-a-week-old Maggie.