Saturday, January 26, 2013

Laundry and Craft Organization

Well I must say, I think it's been forever since my last post.

Ok, maybe not forever.

45 days to be exact. (that is if I counted right, please don't check...)

It's not as if I have no projects to tell you about.

I do.

But actually completing a project around here lately has been, let's say, challenging.

So instead of showing you a finished project today, I've decided to settle for progress.

Progress on my Laundry/Craft room that is.

While this isn't what I'd call pretty, it is what I'd call functional.

And when you're knee deep in projects and searching for that dang glue gun you just know you have but absolutely can't find and you're so sick and tired of never being able to find anything that you stop in the middle of your project, rip the books off the unsuspecting shelves in the basement, cart said shelves upstairs and embark on an organizing project that takes all weekend and has you carting boxes of "craft stuff" from 3 different rooms... well then functional is just pretty awesome!

See, I found the glue guns.

All 5 of them!!

So now I can head into my Mini-Michael's (yes, that's what it feels like now :) and find paint, fabric, brushes, GLUE GUNS, etc. any time I want.


The other thing I attempted to organize on that crazy weekend, was my laundry.

If you're really brave, you can check out my post HERE where I had absolutely no shame, and showed you my horrifying mess of a laundry room.

Did you see it?

Have you recovered yet?


Laundry has been my downfall for, well, EVER.

I hate laundry!

It has been piled up for about 17 years. (yes, that's how long I haven't lived with my mother)

But I think I might have finally figured out a system that works.

Wanna see?

Ignore the unfinished cabinets... we're getting there.

And it has been like this now for a few weeks!

CLEAN, with all the laundry PUT AWAY!!

Wanna know my secret?

No, we didn't stop wearing clothes.

I just bought these...

The 4th basket in the back is for the dirty clothes... if the washer's in use.

Now I will first confess that we have 2 sets of washer and dryers. One by my room, and one in the basement.

Yes, I'm even lazier than you thought.

My girls are in the basement and they each do their own laundry.

So that mess you saw, that was just from 3 of us.

I know, pathetic!!

But somehow, those 3 laundry baskets (one for each of us) have been my savior.

All our laundry is coming off our bodies and going straight into the washer. 

When it comes out of the dryer, each persons clothes goes into their respective basket, and we are then responsible for folding and putting away our own clothes (my son is 10, so this works).

I'm doing 1 load every other day and it's going perfectly!

I don't know why this is working when nothing else did.

Maybe spending a weekend cleaning and organizing made me unwilling to go back to the way it was.

Maybe I just hate folding so much that only having to do my own makes me a tad giddy. 

Or maybe, the men in my life are afraid of the melt down I'll have if they don't take care of their clothes in a timely manner. Not that I'm prone to melt downs or anything...

Hmm, that might be it.

Oh, there's one more thing that's helping.

I bought 3 of these. Lingerie bags.

They were .99 cents a piece at WalMart, and each one of us has them hanging on our closet door.

All our socks and underwear go in the bags and get thrown in the wash.

No stray socks getting lost in that washer black hole!!

And, I only have to take care of MINE!

It's win win baby.

I have no idea if this system would work for anyone but my family, but I thought I'd share anyway.

And if you have any additional tips or tricks you use to stay organized in the laundry room, I'd love to hear 'em!


  1. Oh my sister's growing up. Say it ain't so!!!

    It looks awesome. I need to reorganize and do something similar to that for paints and such. Great job!!!

  2. From someone who spent 4 days organizing her craft room, isn't it wondeful!!
    Chris =]

  3. That craft organization is looking great! Love an organized work space. And laundry has been my downfall ever since I had baby number 3 - seven years ago. before that laundry was not a big deal to me. I couldn't figure out why people listed laundry as their biggest problem! Now I totally understand. And now my teenager does all the folding and I pay her to do it. I am thinking it may be time to start having the younger two fold their own though - I just haven't emplemented it because I cringe at the thought of putting up with their complaining and dislike of it!

  4. I'm jealous of your laundry room. Mine looks like your "before" picture times ten. I'm in a Mexican standoff with my husband who refuses to fold. I take the clothes out of the dryer and just leave them there for him to fold. So far, we have been living in this house for four years and it hasn't worked once. We can no longer close the door to the laundry room becuase it is on the floor, the utility sink and the toiled (closed of course). I think it is fair to say I have lost the battle but am too overwhelmed by the carnage to clean up. We'll probably have to move to find the beginning again. ~karisha

  5. Jeannine, you're back! Yay!! And let me just say that I could have written this post. Well, except for the organized craft room...I think I probably have 5 glue guns myself...shame! I love love love the idea you have about the little lingerie bags. I'm putting that on my list for my next Walmart run. Seriously! You're a genius! I'm so tired of losing socks. I have no idea where they all go. Maybe that's one of those things we won't find out until we go to Heaven? ;) And we have two sets of washers and dryers too...but somehow the laundry still gets backed up. Love your system. You go girl!! So glad to hear from you again. Have a WONDERFUL week!


  6. And hey...I just noticed that your blog got a new look, didn't it? I'm trying to remember what it looked like before, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't this. Am I right? It looks awesome! Very clean and light feeling. There must be something in the air, because I've been tweaking mine too. Yet another project to keep me away from the "real" stuff that needs to get done. :)



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