Wednesday, April 4, 2012

~laundry room organization~




 What sits behind this door in our kitchen in our itty bitty laundry room.
If you read yesterdays post, you will know I am on an organizing kick.
I decided to utilize the back of the door.
Originally I was going to do a gift wrap station here, but I needed the storage more, and I'm glad I went this route.
 I went to Home Depot and got a door rack for around $37.
Best $37 I have spent in a long time!
 Before I hung it up I painted the door with chalkboard paint. 
Now I don't have to hear the kids say,
 "I can't clean the tub because I don't know where the cleaner is!"
Did you know I am a sucker for pretty packaging? :)

 Inside the door is a wall of lockers I got at a garage sale for $25!!!
Score of the century! 
I used my label maker of course, and went to town on each of the 24 doors.
There's even a stool in there so the kids can reach everything.
I do keep my boots in here because they are usually covered in mud.
{I hosed them off just for you!}
 To the left is the stack able washer and dryer and to the right is important stuff like, kitchen fire extinguishers. Never had to use them yet, but ya never know!
Spare keys hang on a key rack and are all labeled, and batteries are hung and are easy to find. 
The other stuff is just the electrical panel and generator switch.
 Can you believe these were $25???
It took 6 neighbors to haul them in my house.
Love those guys!
 And that my friends our my teeny tiny laundry room!
I will pick 3 random people who comment on this post to win a Febreze laundry kit.

The kit is filled with must-have laundry taming tools like a coupon for free Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator, an official guide filled with tips and advice for the freshest laundry, a Febreze towel and a Tide Odor-Absorbing Travel Laundry Bag!
I'll announce the winner on Friday along with the Annie Sloan Paint winner!
xoxo

99 comments:

Amy Thayer said...

sniff sniff mmmm your home smells so clean! I love this little space, it makes me want to clean! Hope I win the Febreez kit :)

Mrs.Marie Lester said...

Really Love that! my mom also has a verrry small laundry room but makes the most out of the space with a little 3 net laundry sorter from walmart for about 30 dollars and an old cabinet my dad put together! Would love to win that package for my mom she's so sweet and Loves doing laundry! And once again I must say I just adore your home!!!

jessica said...

Those lockers were definitely a score!!! Love what you did with the door!

~*Jessica

Sally said...

LOVE the lockers -- and that door rack. Looks like it would hold a lot!

Wendi P said...

I want to paint.everything with chalkboard! I also have lockers! And think I might put a set in my washroom!

Courtney Crocker said...

Those lockers are amazing....super jealous.

amymck said...

$25 are you kidding me???? What a find! I would love to run across some of those. I have a very tiny laundry room and you've given me much needed inspiration.

Thanks!

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Since I will never find those great lockers at a garage sale by me, I will go and get the door organizer!
My "kids" (all over 18) still can't find the right cleaning products!
~Nancy

rednest said...

Love your little laundry room. My whole house is 500 sq feet, so I need to be really organized as well! Love the over the door rack thingy from Home Depot. Will have to get me one of those!

shabbyloft said...

Love everything. I love the paint......Thanks, Stanna

shabbyloft@aol.com

Erin said...

Love the over the door hanger and the chalkboard painted door! Oh, and those lockers!! I have major laundry room envy right now! :)

Ally said...

It's so beautiful and functional at the same time. Your laundry room is full of storage space! I love it!

Heidi said...

Looks amazing! What are all the cleaners you use and prefer?

Miss Hannah B. said...

Thanks so much for the inspiration I have just made a chore chart that I just started using. Its working well, keeping me on task! Love your lockers. Brings back such memories. Enjoy your tidy home!!!

TeTe said...

those lockers are great!

Missy in Texas said...

I am a sucker for pretty packaging too.

SuSu said...

I love Mrs. Meyers' products as well - especially the basil - and I too am a sucker for great packaging!! Its what sells a great product, too.

Jeannette B. said...

You've done great with your small space.

Kelly said...

Wish I had those lockers. What a great idea! I have a very small laundry room too. Nice to know that I'm not the only one. ha! I think you've done a great job making the most of your space though.

mitchiesmom said...

Oh my again!!! You are so organized!! I want to have your energy!!! And, I am such a fool for any packaging - I'm a visual girl and that is right up my alley. And the Meyers' products... another issue with me!!! Put me in the hat for the Febreze package, and I would love to have you come organize my house as well!!! Love your blog!!!

Momma Helms said...

Love the Lockers!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh you did an amazing job with that score of the awesome lockers. Thank goodness for great neighbours. Congratulations!

Paula
ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

Linda G said...

Very nicely done! Lockers are so cute. Lucky find!

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Cindy Manning said...

Love love LOVE those lockers! what an awesome deal! And your over the door organization is such a great idea!! It all looks wonderful!!

olerae said...

I love the idea of lockers as storage. but unfortunately do not have space to put them, although maybe they would in my kitchen or mud room. OK now you have me thinking of the possibilities. I am such a DIY dork.

Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage said...

You are an inspiration! My laundry room is a DISASTER! I am actually taking off 2 weeks from work to organize my house and yard, can't wait!

Anonymous said...

Nothing better than the fresh scent of clean laundry! Love your door idea, I just might steal that idea!
Whitney
cwhruss@aol.com

Rachael Clark said...

So cute! You have every corner of your house decorated so well. Love the lockers!

Gena said...

Love the lockers! Great idea! I too am a sucker for pretty packaging!
Gena.Hawkins@alcatel-lucent.com

Erikita said...

Where are the other 12 lockers hidden?

'Inga' said...

Love Meyer's! Especially the surface cleaner, mmm lavender!
Loke your door solution and the lockers are a steal!

Tammy said...

Melaine,
You neveer cease to amaze me. And motivate me. Looks perfect.

Wendy said...

I love your laundry room! It's functional AND beautiful. Those lockers are fab! Ü

ss said...

Love the lockers and your "chalked" door! don't love the word verify!

Sonya Z said...

Love the makeover, very cool!

Bonnie said...

That is ingenious. I love those lockers. Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Shut the front door......25! I’m so jealous right now!

Great job!

Ps I saw your laundry room door on Pintrest the other day when I was searching for chalkboard ideas :)

Heather

Anne said...

Oh wow, love that door & those lockers. Fabulous!! That rack is awesome too. Great ideas.

Happy Easter!!

Erin said...

Pick me! I'd love to win!! P.S. I'm jealous of your lockers been wanting some since high school when I heard they threw out a whole bunch one summer.

~Erin

Amber said...

I really like the door organizer.
Amberelizabethgeorge@gmail.com

Tamsyn said...

This is such a genius idea, I love it!!

Amy R. said...

Awesome and SO, so organized! I have to find some lockers! Thx.

Judy said...

that chalkboard door is genius! i would love to find some old lockers, maybe someday...

i would love to win your giveaway!

Judy

Sarah said...

Love it all! Those lockers were quite the find!!

pballard said...

Love the lockers. I redid a set I got from Craigslist. I sprayed them antique white and then buffed them with a sander. Then work was getting ready to throw theirs in the dumpster so I took those home for free. Getting ready to redo them as well and put in my shabby booth downtown. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

Robin @ A Bird Loves Her Nest said...

Love the view of a tiny laundry! We just move into our new house. I will be looking for battery rack to hang like yours.

Wild Oak Designs said...

Wonderful ideas! thank you so much!

Christy said...

Those lockers are super cool! Smart thinking with the chalkboard paint!!

Shauna said...

love those lockers! you got a major score :)

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

A DOOR RACK? That is awesome. Pinning if ya don't mind.

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

Um, I guess it's a hit since I pinned it 5 minutes ago and just got an email telling me it's be repinned 99 times in that time. Yeesh! :)

FleaingFrance & French Shopping Tours said...

I have to find one of those racks. I have been looking everywhere for one here in France and can not find them. I never thought I would see the words printed....but I miss Home Depot :)

Merri Jo said...

I would like to go to the garage sales you go to!--$25 for those lockers is incredible! Qrganized & pretty packaging--a winning combination!

Steph said...

Those lockers are perfect! Totally meant to be a part of that wonderfully organized space! I love that packaging too. Worth every extra cent.

Just My Cup of Joe said...

I love your lockers - I have some too! You are getting me motivated for spring cleaning over this school break. You have such great ideas.

Jen said...

Love your idea! Wish I had some laundry space. I just have a door that opens to a stacked washer & dryer.

JoLynn said...

It looks great! I love the chalkboard door and organizing rack...just may have to buy one for my laundry room too. And of course, the lockers...who wouldn't have locker love? :)

P.S. Thanks for the giveaway and I am wondering if you like your Hunter boots? Do you have the original Tall ones? I have been wanting a pair for awhile now but it seems like there are a few different options.

Tricia said...

I love the chalkboard paint to label : o )

Also a HUGE fan of Myers cleaning products (it was my maiden name once upon a time ago ; o )

Sarah said...

So pretty, clean and organized! HOw did you get your hunter boots so shiny? Mine are so dull even after I hose them off...

Al said...

I'm am going straight out and picking up an over the door storage rack! What a good idea!

ps. love your lockers, super cute!

Melaine Thompson said...

thanks for your comments! I never knew my little old laundry room would get so many! To answer a few questions:

The rest of the lockers are hidden in the photo behind the washer and dryer. They are still shallow enough to utilize.

Love my Hunter boots! They are the shiny original tall ones, I want another pair! I just saw pink ones, might have to save up for those!

The rack on the back of the door screws directly onto the door, it doesn't actually go "over the door" Just so you know what you are looking for when you go to home depot! :)

I have to give credit to my good friend Michelle who actually found me those lockers. She called me from a garage sale and said, hey, you want some lockers, they are a steal but I just don't have the room for them! She's awesome that way! When I went to pick them up the guy running the sale said he could have sold them 50 times over for 3 times that amount! It was my lucky day!

Here's a tip: I frequent TJ Maxx and look for their cleaning products and candles at a lower cost. I got all my Caldrea products there for about 1/2 off. I also get a lot of it at World Market using a coupon.

Just a little tip! Thanks again for all your comments!

Julie Johnson said...

Gorgeous! LOVE the chalkboard paint on the door. Amazingly brilliant. My kids haven't a clue what all the cleaners are for either. Love all the cute bottles. Love the lockers too....
Julie

Anonymous said...

I love your door rack idea. I would of never of thought of that for laundry/cleaning supplies. Our area seems to be the "under the sink" option.

Liz VanKirk

Sandi said...

You are one lucky girl to have stumbled across the lockers! Love them!
Are you for hire to come organize my home? lol
Your laundry room looks great!

Have a great day!

Sandi

Curtis said...

Love the lockers. And love the idea of painting the back of the door with chalk board paint. We are empty nesters, that is until our kids and their wives come to visit. Yep you guessed it, when they come they bring all of their laundry to do at mom and dad's while they are here. We actually do not mind but it would be great to have every shelf labeled so they don't have to say " MOM, DAD, where is...... I mean geesh they are 28 and 25 years old.... one would think they would open a cubbard door LOL....
Blessings
Curtis & Sherrie
aka DAD and MOM Chipley!!
love our kids!!!!

Jack said...

One word -- WOW! $37 well spent indeed :)

boyzmom said...

I am sooo going to get that door rack! My laundry room is out of control!!!!!!!!

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Lisa said...

Okay, the laundry room door has got to be THE cutest and creative idea ever. Love it. You are seriously SO creative.

Juliannajones said...

ok...i can do the door thing...you have inspired me! i just need to take a picture of my tiny laundry room and let you figure out what i need to do :)

Juli

Whimsical Mermaid said...

I'm finally going to try the Meyer's cleaning products. Perhaps you want to remove the pic of your spare keys, I saw that and immediately thought about the saftey issue of allowing the world to see where you keep those, of course ours hang right inside my front door for everyone to see, haha :)

Anonymous said...

The chalkboard background is my favorite....plus the lockers, which is a given!

Anonymous said...

Okay that was me right above who neglected to leave a name....it's Doree Allen by the way:)

dmw212 said...

I am in the need of febreeze! Thanks for the chance to win!
Debbie w

licha20 said...

I smell a winner!!!!....me! :D

licha20 said...

oops! the smelly winner forgot to leave her e-mail!!
epintoratcoxdotnet

Kiri said...

Love the organization!

Jackie said...

Love it! Where did you find those battery racks!???!

westnlisa said...

Our Home Depot slab wood doors here all start at $98! You got very lucky with that door! How did you retrofit that old knob?

Carla said...

Well I'm not the 3rd person but I'm still gonna comment. ;o)
I hadn't thought about using those door racks in the laundry room. mmmm. I do have them in my craft room on the closet and the door as you enter and recently put one on my pantry door. I like your itty biddy laundry organization. And I really like the locker idea. cute

Emily @Random Recycling said...

Those lockers are fantastic! Now I know what I could do with them if I find them in my travels.

White Lacquer said...

We have lockers too and LOVE them!! Your door storage idea is perfection and I'm going to be forced to copy your genius idea. :)

Xx. Patience

Maysie O. said...

Such cute ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Christin Marie said...

Hello, could you please share the rack type with us? I'm guessing maybe closet maid? 37 dollars is a steal the other one similar I found was almost 90! Would love to find out what type you are using! Thanks!

Shannon Eagleson-Dezeure said...

Did you get the laundry room door hanging rack in canada or in the us?

Shannon Eagleson-Dezeure said...

did u buy the laundry room rack in canada or the us?

silly6 said...

Great Door rack. I wonder if it will hold in a cheap hollow door, not a solid one. Hmmm....

Where did you find the battery storage container? My kiddos are ALWAYS getting into the batteries for toys and the wii.

Thanks for the tips.

Ruthie said...

I want a door rack so bad! I searched Home Depot online and can't find it. :o( Do you remember any brand name from it? Maybe I could find one searching for the actual name of who made it. Thanks for sharing...love the pics!

Anonymous said...

Link to storage rack:

http://m.homedepot.com/p/ClosetMaid-72-in-x-12-in-8-Tier-Ventilated-Storage-Rack-8042/100198623/

MeganKilgore9 said...

I LOVE the lockers! I will have to keep my eyes open for some of those...Once I have a laundry room to keep them in of course ;) (yay apartment living)

Sarah said...

I didn't know it was possible, my my laundry room is actually LARGER than yours. That's never happened! There IS hope for ours after all! ;)

Anonymous said...

Are the washer and dryer full size? I currently have FULL size on pedestal b/c of back problems but my laundry room (stupid builders - ha ha) is so small you can barely move in it. Definitely need some space saving ideas.

Thanks!
D O'Keefe

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Amy said...

I'm looking for this door rack. All I can find is a spice rack that does not look like it would hold the size items you have here. Do you know the specific brand? Is it this http://www.homedepot.com/p/Knape-Vogt-20-in-x-13-81-in-x-3-88-in-Door-Mount-Spice-Rack-Cabinet-Organizer-SR18-1-W/203303525#customer_reviews

Thanks so much for your inspiration! It's exactly what I need for our laundry area!! :)

beetemps said...

just the inspiration I needed this morning, going to check Craigs List next for lockers, Debra

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