Laundry Storage Solutions - My Laundry Mudroom Makeover Part I

AFTER
Open storage - love it or hate it?  I love the look of it but living with it is another matter.  I can handle a few open shelves but when it comes to my mudroom/laundry room, I want things behind closed doors!

When I moved into my house three years ago, all I had for a laundry room was connections for a washer and dryer in an enclosed, heated porch at the back of the house.  It was just a long, skinny L-shaped  room with nothing in it but a cheap particle board pantry cabinet in rough shape.   Here's a shot of it before I took it to the dump:

BEFORE
I wanted front load machines so I could eventually stack them.  I also wanted to use this space as a mudroom so I needed storage!  I bought a closet organizer on sale, it had a tall shelving unit with hanging bars to attach to the sides.   Another thing I desperately wanted was a laundry tub, so I bought a sink cabinet in preparation for it.  The original layout had the closet organizer tucked away around a corner.  This is how it looked back then:




Super cute!!  But now that I know better, the laundry tub has been relocated to where it will be easy to run plumbing lines (and cost me less money).  So now it looks like this:


The cute factor is sadly lacking.   The washer and dryer are stacked now, and that hides the hanging clothes from view.  I need these shelves for storing all the things I use in the laundry as well as things I use all the time.  Putting everything in cute baskets is a great idea except that I get fed up pulling baskets out and having to set them down on a counter so that I can pull out what I want, put the baskets back, use the thing, get the baskets back out to ... well, I was tired of wasting my time doing that.  I wanted a better solution.  Out of the blue, I remembered that I had saved the doors to the old pantry cabinet (there's that hoarder factor again). I dug them out of my shed and installed them on the lower shelves. They weren't quite wide enough, I had a 3/4  inch gap between the doors that I covered with a piece of trim.



Oh so much better!  I don't have to keep it all neat anymore PLUS I now have a place to store boots out of sight!


And here is the full view of my little laundry storage area.  I'm still working on the cute factor, but for now this works for me!


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UPDATE:  I found my cute factor!  Pop over and see my new laundry sign & finished mudroom update HERE!



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29 comments:

  1. What a great space Anne. I wish I had a laundry/storage space like that. I know exactly what you mean by putting things in things, who on earth has the time for that? I like closets, I can throw stuff in a close the door :)

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  2. Smart and clever girl. I think it looks great. It is always fun to tweak it as you go and you can amp up your cute factor as you feel inspired. it is a very nice laundry space just as it is. you are so blessed to have a laundry tub. My room is just to small. Visiting from Cedar Hill. Have a lovely week!

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  3. It's very functional and neat that way. The English call them utility rooms and no matter how I try to keep mine looking nice I think open storage is a headache!

    I want to stack mine and have a bit more spce.

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  4. Oh I would love to have this kind of space!!! FAntastic. You know where my W&D is situated. It is always tricky keeping it all neat.

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  5. Mine is on the porch too. What a mess. We had to take the rotted wall down and today it is raining sideways. Mess on top of mess. Eventually we will get it done. Renovating takes time and a budget doesn't it?

    I think your laundry room looks nice and neat, and I like how you showed its evolution. I look forward to the decor.

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  6. Great repurposing Anne! I like to put things behind closed doors as well. I find things get less dusty if nothing else. I like the addition of the stripe on the desk in the last post as well.

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  7. The only place I have open storage is my kitchen glass cabinet, because we are in ther a lot so th ings don't get dusty or messy. Everything else is behind closed doors, especially in the laundry room. We ar planning to redo our laundry storage area too, so thank for the inspiration.

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  8. Another fabulous makeover Anne....your laundry room has certainly come a long way because of your great creativity and DIY talents!...love it!

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  9. Hi Anne,
    I like what you've done in your laundry room, I have yet to do anything in mine, but you are inspiring me...perhaps that can be my summer project. You are very handy, I am better at sewing than building any day...thanks so much for the inspiration, though. Have a great day!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  10. What a great project Anne, it turned out so well but I am not surprised.

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  11. I have open shelving in my kitchen and laundry and like it as it's easy to grab what I need and no doors in the way. But I do wish we had a closet near the front and back doors as shoes, boots, jackets etc are always out in the open and it drives me crazy.
    You are such a smart cookie keeping those doors and then adding the trim to make them work for your closet.
    Small older homes are always a challenge and you come up with such great ideas Anne.

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  12. You have touched on a valid point, perhaps cute and laundry don't belong together. No amount of cute has ever made me want to do more laundry. Yeah that's it, cute is over rated.

    Bliss

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  13. wow Anne, what a great space. You're super organized. It's looking great! love your wonderful front loaders!

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  14. Oh wow, you've done a great job! It's not sad looking anymore - my favorite are the green mops hanging next to the 2 Ikea planters - that's what I call organisation in a small space!

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  15. Ahhhhh...and ooooohhh! You know my laundry room is on my hit list this year and I pinned this post full of fabulous ideas! So nice!

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  16. Wow! What a great laundry room. I envy your front loaders. There's absolutely a reason why we can't throw anything away... like your doors. Just for times like these. Great way to make them fit so you could reuse them. I love open storage, but I hate keeping it neat.

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  17. Anne, I love those wood crates with the numbers on in in the shelf. I bet you made them???

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  18. What a fabulous room, I love it and you do have it so organized. Great storage solutions too. Hugs, Marty

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  19. Those doors do make a nice difference and I agree with you on the trouble with pulling out baskets. Looks quite nifty to me!!

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  20. Your laundry room is super cute and very organized! I would love for you to link up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase.

    Just follow the link....http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2013/04/show-licious-craft-showcase-26.html.

    Marti

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  21. You have totally inspired me.....I need some laundry room organization!!!! The picnic baskets are so cute!

    Happy day to you rock star!
    karianne

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  22. this is really organized and nice, Anne. I love the bright greens and blues. And I do also like having some closet doors that you can close and hide some more unsightly stuff behind--makes it so much easier to make the room look tidy. This area looks great!

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  23. It looks so organized and tidy! I am sure you will work your magic and the cute factor will come!

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  24. Great organization...and that is an accomplishment in my mind, for a mudroom! Looks good. Thanks for sharing at The Shady Porch Rock N Share! Blessings, D

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  25. Looks so nice! Isn't it fun when it all comes together?
    Hugs

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  26. Great organizing ideas! Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspired linky party - I pinned this to our group party pinboard too! Tx! Heather xo

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  27. You are WAY too resourceful Anne. Saving those doors? Great job. And I know what you mean about putting things in baskets and having to pull them out every time and then put them back up again. Not exactly convenient. I'll take a neat and tidy laundry room over a cute one any day!

    Debbie

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  28. Great storage solutions Anne! Love all the details and planning you did for your space! Gorgeous :D

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