By Bethany Kandel
Laundry Room CleanupLaundry Room Cleanup
A laundry room has a way of collecting clutter-piles of dirty clothes, random coats and boots-that can quickly become an eyesore. "I kept the door closed so I wouldn't have to look at the mess," says Jennifer, of Sandy, UT. For an affordable fix, she built shelves below the counter, then removed the doors of an underused closet and installed cubbies for each of her four kids. Finally, a coat of paint, a mirror (repurposed from her bathroom) and a chandelier (from Craigslist) brightened up the windowless space. "Now I love spending time here, even though I'm folding clothes," she says. Photo credit: David Tsay/Woman's Day
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Create Order in a Closet
Jennifer, a craft and decorating blogger (TaterTotsandJello.com), labeled the cubbies so her kids can't pretend they don't know where stuff goes. Photo credit: David Tsay/Woman's Day
Jennifer's Tip: Assign numbers. Giving each child a numbered bin and cubby keeps things uniform. "I do call my children by their actual names," Jennifer says with a laugh.
Junk loves to fill empty spaces, including the one under this counter. But now shelves and numbered baskets (one for each of Jennifer's childen) help laundry stay separated and out of sight. Photo credit: David Tsay/Woman's Day
Jennifer's Tip: Measure carefully. Jennifer built the shelves in the garage, then couldn't get them into the space. "I had to cut off the edges to get them to fit," she says.
Downsize Your Bottles
Bulky containers of laundry supplies are unattractive and hard to handle. So Jennifer transferred them into more manageable glass jars. The wire stand, really a serving piece, was snagged from the kitchen. Photo credit: David Tsay/Woman's Day
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Jennifer's Tip: Think long-term. You don't need to worry about wrinkling off-season outerwear like down coats and rain jackets. Just stuff them in a basket with related gear.
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Get the Look: Cute Cubbies
Kids won't have trouble hanging up their coats on a hook. Short Lockers, $175 each; SawDustCityLLC.com Photo credit: David Tsay/Woman's Day
Original article appeared on WomansDay.com.
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