As part of a blogger collaboration, I took the opportunity to elevate my laundry room style. Below is the photo to give you an idea of what we are working with. It’s a small laundry room but we make it work!
I am in the process of updating my home to a minimal modern farmhouse style. This means clean lines, rustic vibes, and lots of natural light. We are working through painting the open living spaces of our home white and I am loving it. White walls allow the sun to reflect and make our living spaces feel so much bigger and brighter. I plan to paint the laundry room white or a light gray in the near future. I also hope to get rid of the checkered vinyl floor, man is that an eyesore!
For now, the laundry room wall color and flooring are not top priorities. However, we considered these future changes, as we made updates with complimentary style elements.
Here are some pictures I found off Pinterest and Instagram that I used for my laundry room inspiration.
I really wanted to add some baskets to the laundry room but they did not seem to be functional storage for the items I wanted to store. Instead, I ended up repurposing wooden open bins we already owned from our pantry. They worked out perfectly and the color scheme turned out to be very similar.
I am a self-proclaimed organizer with a love for organizing and re-arranging. I drive my husband crazy with the number of times I move around or re-organize spaces in our home. As a result, I’ve developed a pretty solid process for renovating a space.
The first step to any good process and renovation is removing the clutter or excess. I pulled all the items out of the laundry and took an assessment of what I truly needed. Per usual decluttering, we found some interesting objects hanging out in our laundry room. We found random wooden blocks that were support structures for a bed that we no longer owned and removed from the house before our now 5-year-old daughter was born. Why were these still here!
We had our old laundry baskets combined with our new collapsible laundry baskets. Because why get rid of purposely functional laundry baskets? Our laundry room is very small so it was a necessity to find collapsible baskets. We will use the old laundry baskets for storing donations to our local Goodwill in the future. So the large baskets are no longer in the laundry room taking up valuable real estate.
After pulling everything out, I reassessed what purpose I wanted our laundry room to have. In addition to laundry, this space has generally served as a place to store cleaning supplies. I wanted to keep this room a centralized space for both laundry and cleaning. After reviewing all of the items in the laundry room, we only kept what still served a purpose and downsized the excess.
Shop your Home
After clearing out the clutter, my next step in the renovation or re-decorating process is to shop my home. So many times we are tempted to go out and buy new things. Believe me, I get the urge as well. We buy storage bins and decor items blindly without knowing if they will really work in our space and serve the purpose we need them to serve.
Instead of going directly to Amazon or Target, I look for things that I already own that meet the style design I am going for and try them out. Sometimes they are temporary and sometimes those items end up sticking around for awhile. As I said, I am always re-arranging so it’s likely they will move around again in the near future.
While I am generally a minimalist (see post here) I do hold onto some neutral decor items as well as storage bins. You never know when you will need a storage bin!
Try out a new system
After shopping my home, I found storage bins to try out my new organization system. While I did not intend for the items I used to be the permanent fixtures, I wanted to test out my theory of how I wanted to store various items.
I tried out some canvas storage bins first. In doing so, I discovered that the items I was storing were too heavy for canvas bins with no sturdy bottom. When I went to pull down the bins for use, I found myself having to provide extra support for the collapsing bin to avoid objects falling out on me.
Next, I tried wooden storage bins. This worked out well but the ones I had were not tall enough for the items I wanted to store. However, testing out these various types of bins allowed me to hone in one exactly what type of bins would work best for this space for style and function.
Fill in the gaps or upgrade
Finally, when you think you have a functional system going, fill in the gaps for what you need. I knew I wanted to upgrade the storage bins for laundry bags, wool balls, and lint. These were all repurposed random bins that served me well for several years. I wanted the same function but with some style. Photos and more insight on these storage solutions down below.
Funny enough, the iron storage is actually an ironing board and iron organizer. The wooden shelf is truly a shelf to hand on the wall but since we still have the white shelving in place, I love the look of sitting it right on top. I plan to hang the iron organizer on the wall later but it will likely not hold our ironing board. One day, down the road, I will remove the white wire shelving and replace it with a chunky light wood floating shelf. For now, this works perfectly and I love the added touch of rustic farmhouse.
Once you’ve got the process down, it’s important to think about the style and how to accomplish it functionally. What good is a well-styled room if it’s not livable? As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized you cannot compromise style for functionality.
For this space, I focused on black metal accents along with wood. Knowing that I will later paint the walls white, these will stand out again the neutral background. I also love that the lint container I chose is turquoise. This will be a fun accent when we paint the walls.
If you are intentional and allow yourself time (don’t rush the process!) you can find ways to still create a stylish room that is also functional.
For example, I really liked the idea of these baskets in the laundry room to add texture. But I could not find any baskets that were truly big enough to store the extra laundry detergent and other odds and ends.
I tried canvas bins, after finding beautiful white and linen ones on Amazon. But after trying out canvas bins I already owned, I discovered the need for a more sturdy bottom to store heavy laundry items.
I searched again for other options and while making lunch for my kids one Saturday, I realized I had these nice wooden bins in my pantry. Two of them were not really working out well to store chips so I pulled them out of the pantry and tried them in the laundry room.
While they are still heavy, they work great for heavy duty storage with a great look.
Think higher when it comes to storage – The Ironing Board
We have a very small laundry room. With the addition of the much-needed utility sink, we lost the wall space for the ironing board. Because we have a steamer in our master bedroom closet, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve used the ironing board and iron in one year.
Since I knew I would be using the sink more often, I sacrificed the wall space for the ironing board. That’s when I had the idea. Given we use the ironing board so little, what if we elevated its storage location? I am still working through this since I was planning to keep our original ironing board but when putting on the new ironing board cover, we broke it and it would not close. That’s how these things go! There is at least one surprise with every project. If you are lucky, it’s only one surprise.
Functional over Design
Anytime I am updating a space in our home, I am always looking for functional and stylish pieces to add. Whether it’s furniture or decor, it’s well thought out before it enters into my home. I am also no longer afraid to return items if they do not work.
I repurposed a ring dish a dear friend gave me once for the soap and brush to remove stains. Then I bought a turquoise ceramic kitchen canister to store lint, and finally, I purchased metal wire baskets from the Magnolia line at target. I love the elevated style it brings over my old dollar store trash can storing lint and the old plastic flour containers. I also love that these containers are not specific to laundry so if I want to repurpose them again in another room, I can with ease.
Splurge on what has the most impact
I knew going into this project, I did not want to spend a lot of money. We just finished renovating our master bathroom (blog post to come soon). My favorite upgrade to the laundry room was the utility sink. Our laundry room already had the hook up so it was an easy addition. We used saved up gift cards to pay for most of it and choose closed cabinet storage so I had a place to store the “not so pretty” cleaning items.
I love having this sink now as a dedicated place to presoak stained items or wash something in a larger sink. We were using an old baby bathtub (see the first photo) to soak stained clothes before so this is quite the upgrade! It was nice to add the cabinet storage as well.
I could have spent the money on fancier storage containers and honestly would have likely ended up paying the same amount. Instead, we went with functional, stylish options at a lower price point and spent the money where it mattered most: the sink.
Shop this Post
See below some of the links to the products I used to elevate this space along with some of my favorite laundry room staples that I already owned.
- Hearth & hand – Wire Storage Basket Black (Small and Medium used)
- Stackable Wood Storage Bin Natural – Pillowfort (Large and Small size used)
- Rowenta Iron
- Iron & Ironing board storage
- Ceramic canister used for lint (58 FL OZ size in turquoise)
- Stain brush
- Utility Sink
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