Thursday, November 1, 2012

49 UHeart Organizing: A Little Love for Laundry

I literally drool every single time I see Ashli's laundry room.  It is so clean, simple, well thought out and ORGANIZED!  And what I love most, is that it isn't a huge space!  It is a spot that anyone can take tips from, whether you have a large room or an itty bitty closet.  She has mastered laundry room organization and is here today to share some of her tips!


I'm so excited to be back on iHeart Organizing! This time around I decided that our catch all of a laundry room needed an overhaul!

We recently added some special touches to our teeny tiny laundry room, a counter on top of our front loading machines, and a bar for hanging wet laundry.


Now it was time to get down to the details. First I added a tray {from Ikea}. Next I decanted our detergent into some old milk bottles. You can still buy milk in glass bottles, and they are way less expensive than other glass container, plus you get a bunch of free milk!! ;)

I used another container for vinegar {we use vinegar as a natural fabric softener}. I added a spray bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide. We've always used Hydrogen Peroxide as a stain remover and it works really well.


And every laundry room needs a piggy bank. I have no idea why but husbands tend to carry tons of change, our last piggy bank full bought me a new pair of heels for New Years Eve! ;)


Next I moved on to organizing our one and only laundry cabinet. First I added a pocket from Martha Stewart's line at Staples. I keep the manuals for our washer and dryer inside, and in front I keep a stain removal chart {found here}.


On to the cabinet itself. I pared it down to the bare necessities, some borax, washing soda, our hardwood floor cleaner, some bar mops, a couple of baskets for the ugly {things like shoe polish, suede cleaner, etc}. Of course, the iron!


Pretty simple, but very functional. I LOVE an organized laundry room! And somehow knowing where the washing machine manual is, makes me feel like I have my life together and I'm a real live grown-up. ;) haha

And because we all love bullet points so much, to organize our laundry room we:
  • Used pretty bottles for detergent and fabric softener
  • A spray bottle for stain remover
  • A tray to help corral counter clutter, and help catch any detergent run off
  • An Adorable piggy bank
  • A clear pocket for manuals and stain removal charts
  • Some baskets to contain "The Ugly"
  • and last but definitely not least . . . a big de-cluttering session!  I made sure that there was nothing in the little laundry cabinet that shouldn't be there! 



"I’m Ashli from Mini Manor Blog. I live in Big Beautiful British Columbia with my Husband Lee and our 5 lb yorkie Max.  I have an organizers heart, I am a bin-aholic, and I’ve never met a wicker basket I didn’t love. During the summer I can be found lounging in the garden or at the gym . . . one of those was a lie. And in the last 5 years I’ve made more then 2000 cupcakes. I want to bake, eat and organize. Hand me some eggs, flour and an unorganized kitchen, that’s my idea of a great weekend, okay go ahead throw Ryan Gosling in there too."




49 comments:

  1. Sigh... Lovely!!! Thanks for the inspiration Ashli and Jen!
    Claudia

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  2. I really need to beautify my laundry area. It might actually make me like doing laundry more. Ok, maybe not but still it would at least make me smile. :)

    xoxo,
    Melissa

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  3. The piggy bank is brilliant, never would have thought, but so true!

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  4. Love the piggy bank idea--especially when doing my husband's laundry!

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  5. I agree the piggy bank, so smart! love that everything is in glass bottles and spray bottles. really stream lines things.

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  6. Love Ashli's laundry room (and her whole house). :) Mine (laundry room) is slowly but surely getting there. It was a big project adding in a laundry tub that wasn't there before. New upper cabinets. Next is crown molding, a board and batten wall treatment and tile on the floor.

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  7. Very clean and neat. Although I wouldn't keep hydrogen peroxide (H202) in the clear spray bottle or near the dryer as it breaks down rapidly when exposed to light and/or heat, causing it to essentially become plain water (H20).

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    1. I'm glad someone else noticed this as well. Makes me feel like less of a dork.

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    2. I was going to make this comment too! I'm not the only dork either :) Maybe spray painting a bottle a pretty color? Or just getting a dark tinted spray bottle?

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    3. You could just put the sprayer right in the original hydrogen peroxide bottle.

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  8. Ditto the pp...you need to get an opaque spray bottle for your hydrogen peroxide or it will quickly loose it's efficacy.

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  9. Our laundry room is the same size and your counter/cabinet/bar is exactly the layout I had in my head! Thanks so much for giving me a visual to go off of! I am off to read your post on how you created it!

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  10. I like the look of the legs that support the table top.

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  11. You know I love it! I have always told Ashli I want to be her when I grow up (unfortunately I have already surpassed her by quite a bit).

    The piggy bank is genius! However, we needed an open jar because we found way more hair clips and ties than money with two teen girls in the house!!

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  12. I love the ideal of a piggy bank. Genius!

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  13. Big follower of your blog Ashli! Thanks for sharing your organized space! I love what you do with the space that you have! :)

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  14. Awesome! Love how you organized it!

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  15. Love this! May I ask where you found the baskets? I am working on a cabninet of random things and am having a hard time finding baskets that are the right size for the shelves.

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    1. Thanks Sarah,
      They are just baskets from Ikea! :)
      Hope that helps!
      Ashli

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  16. Be still my beating heart! I love everything about this laundry room - the colorful front load machines, the beadboard, the drying space, and all the pretty containers. We are remodeling and are about to gain a laundry room (we currently do not have one and our machines are in the garage). Thank you for the inspiration and design ideas!

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  17. Hydrogen peroxide shouldnt be stored in a clear bottle.

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  18. I think that I need a front load washer andddd a hanging rack.. to do list!

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  19. Absolutely LOVE the piggy bank! Just love it. Sharing it with all my readers, too.

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  20. I love it. So simple and clean. And your w/d is your pop of color! Makes you almost want to spend more time in there.!! Just FYI...all manuals can be found online. I always let any of my clients I work with with organizing that it's a good way to eliminate some of that paper clutter! I recently had to access mine for troubleshooting and it was way easy to find.

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  21. Love it. Where did you get the lids for the milk bottles? I can get the bottles, but the lids are harder

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    1. Thanks Leigh,
      Our milk bottles come with those lids! :)
      Hope that helps you a bit!
      Ashli

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  22. Love this laundry room, piggy bank great idea

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  23. Love it! Just can't wait to get my laundry room to that point sometime! Beautiful inspiration!
    Brooke
    onprairiehill.blogspot.com

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  25. Ashli,
    I have eggs. I have flour. And I have the worst kitchen ever. Come to my house. I am just 6 hours south of you on I-5. Take the Bolt Bus- it's cheap and fast. Come to my houuuussssse...

    Oh, and I love your laundry room- it's so crisp looking!

    (come to my houuusssse!)

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  26. I LOVE the idea of having a piggy bank in the laundry! So cute and such a great idea.

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  27. I can't wait to find that random piggy I have and jazz up out laundry closet:) thanks IHeartOrganzing!

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  28. I have a practical question - if you decant your detergent, where do you store the original bottle? Don't get me wrong I love the look but if I do this I don't know where I would store the original stuff if not in the laundrey. Thanks

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    1. We store it in the baskets above our cupboards! You can see them in the first picture!
      Hope that helps!
      Ashli

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  29. I LOVE the piggy bank idea, Thanks! My husband gets really annoyed with our spare change not being in one place. This would help. Also, we raise pigs, so this would be another clever way to incorporate pigs into our decor (not that we don't have plenty already;) )

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  30. ove the laundry room redo and will definitely have to duplicate some of the ideas in my laundry room. I do have one concern, with the laundry detergent decanted into former milk bttles, it sets up an unsafe condition for children. Children are naturally curious and could attempt to drink the contents. Dont mean to be a killjoy, but just concerned about safety

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  31. Love your ideas! I didn't know about Hydrogen Peroxide as a stain remover (and I'm excited to give it a try - along with the tips here to not use a clear bottle to store it).

    I did notice you had a container labeled BORAX but unfortunately all the confidence we had in this being a safe/green alternative turns out not to be true.

    Google it for recent articles (the Environmental Working Group site is down for updates so I can't link it. However, Forbes has an article (as well as other sites) "Borax or sodium borate which is considered a hormone disruptor and has been shown to have reproductive and developmental toxicity in humans"

    Just hoping to pass the news on

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  32. So excited to see this as I love to organize and I've been motivated to clear out and beautify our laundry room and Ashley's laundry room is one of my inspirations! Love the piggy bank and tray, too! Thanks so much for post.

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  33. Where did you get the containers for your Borax?

    As always a wonderful room in your home.

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  34. The piggy bank idea is brilliant! As soon as I saw this, I went in search for that piggy bank my son received as a present many years ago. It now sits on a tray in the laundry room.

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  35. Love it! Where did you get your laundry basket and liner?

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  36. totally loving this space, my laundry area is in the garage! so im trying to create a 'clean space' which is practical and that works for me, thank you for the inspiration
    i've blogged about i heart organising as I just felt so happy finding you :) x
    http://deezkatz.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/life-is-all-about-organising.html

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  37. Adorable!!! Too bad I only have a front loader dryer (my washer isn't), but I love the counter top idea. You've made your laundry room so simple, clean, elegant, and cute all at the same time! Thanks for the ideas, Ashli.

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  38. So beautiful. Wish they'd fix up the laundry room in our apartment complex to look this good and be this functional. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. Our Milk bottles look like that!!! How did you remove the labels of the dairy? Ours are like heat sealed on... I'd hafta sandblast them off! lol LOOOOOOVE IT ALL LADY!!!

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