I added two vintage items to my laundry room that changed everything….
Now maybe that’s a bit dramatic because I still have to actually take the laundry out and fold it up and put it away. I’ve yet to find anything new or vintage that helps with that process, but it solved a few other problems for me. Let me just show you what I added and why it’s such a big deal for me
2. A Vintage Basket: I have a thing about open trashcans. I just feel like every trashcan needs a lid of some sort. Don’t even get me started with trashcans in bedrooms and living rooms. Maybe we’ll talk about that some day but for today, let’s talk about trashcans with lids. Obviously this one does not get as many stinky items as the kitchen would, and I’m pretty sure this is a trashcan leftover from 2 houses ago, but it’s such a wasted visual space. Once upon a time I made a little curtain for this section but it was really more of a pain that it was worth so I left it alone. I’ve measured this spot 97 times to see if I could fit a tall cabinet, or a little bitty sink and it’s just not happening. So on a whim, I slid our existing trashcan inside this vintage basket and tucked it into the corner and it just fit! It looks so much better and solves the open trashcan issue without ruining a basket. I call it a big win!
I have a big laundry room overhaul planned for someday. It’s a nice space, but it really doesn’t meet our needs fully.While I realize how wonderful the custom shelves are, I need more storage, and closed storage at that, than hanging space. Also, I can’t reach any of it without a step stool. I’ve been hard on this little room and it needs fresh paint and as much function as I can squeeze in, but it also needs to function in the now. Here’s a little tell-tale sign that lets me know when a space has a problem. Do I find it getting out of control or messy more often than not? If so, chances are there is something that is not working. If it requires an overhaul just to clean up, there is a problem. It could be too much extra stuff, or not enough storage, or an issue with how the purpose is defined or a whole host of things. But it’s a great indicator of a bigger problem with the space. My issue in here is we really need more functional, closed storage. A wall of cabinets is coming someday, but for now I can get more function out of this space with better storage and cleaning up the sightlines. Done and done!
So maybe I wasn’t being that dramatic after all! Two additions really can change your laundry room.