ordering the chaos

ordering the chaos

While I can still call it spring cleaning, I'm getting through a few more projects from my spring cleaning list. Today's agenda, the laundry room.

While I love our house, and it checks off nearly every wish list box I have, one item I covet in other homes is a spacious mudroom. That area right off the entry door where each family member has a cubby put place their shoes, drape their coats, and hang their bags. Ahhhh.

That is not what we have. We have an awkward and cramped entry that leads straight into the kitchen, or with a sharp left turn, directly into a narrow laundry room. So when we walk into the house and unload four pairs of shoes, four coats, two school bags, two lunchboxes, a purse, and who knows what else, it looks something like this:

I started with two of these shelving units to hold our most often worn shoes, and sent the rest back to where they belong (in a closet, out of sight). Super simple and successful solution. Check it out.

After seeing how easily the room was beginning to transform (i.e. look organized and orderly), I decided the rest of the room really ought to match. So I turned to the messy shelving unit you can see in the above photos. 

And with a few bins and containers that happened to be on clearance at Target, I took everything off the shelves, organized them into categories, placed them in containers, and voila!

Honestly, even including the time it took to build the shoe shelving units, this entire organizational undertaking took no longer than two hours. Two hours well spent. While it isn't a spacious well-appointed mud room, we now have a functional and tidy home entry.

upholstery refresh

upholstery refresh