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Our foreclosure needs love. I don’t mean like the bones of it, just the cosmetics. Over the last several months, I’ve slowly been giving our diamond in the rough a makeover. A month or so ago, I decided to try out what I thought would be the interior house paint and tried it on the laundry room. The paint in the entire house is looking dingy and the bright yellow I picked cheered up the laundry room quite a bit. It’s a bit too bright for the entire house but I like it in the room that I spend so much time in (like this weekend when I did 5 loads of clothes).
To repaint the room, I had to take everything out of it. That included all of the “stuff” I hang from the walls. If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you know how I love to utilize space for storage – especially out of the ordinary space like the behind the door pantry I made for the duplex we were living in last year.
Can’t find a place in your home to store certain slim lined items? Try the walls of your laundry room. I have two little walls to use. One is a little more than 3 linear feet and the other is probably 5-6 linear feet.
Here how I utilize the smaller of the two walls…
I have Santa photos stored in this room and then brought out during Christmas time for decorations. Being in the hot and humid south, it’s so much better to keep them here than in the attic.
This is also the spot for all the grilling items both hanging from long nails on the door frame and also from decorative wall hooks. The broom and swiffer hang from these as well. I had to put a ribbon on the broom for it to hang but that wasn’t really any big deal.
Lastly, I love having the kids’ hand and feet prints to look at while doing laundry. These were made when my babies were no more than a year old each. I like how bright and cheerful they are and reminds me of when the kids were so tiny!
Here are my oh-so-cute hooks that I used… (got these on sale at Hobby Lobby)
First I hung the broom and swiffer…
Here’s how I utilize the larger wall…
This wall space is like the command center for our household operations.
This vertical storage wall includes the following –
A. Bulletin Board – I put the kids awards here and special art projects to display
B. TV Trays
C. Chalk board with hooks for my bike helmet and dog lease / fashion accessories
D. Old cookie sheet turned magnet board
E. Calendar wipe board that is updated the last day of the previous month
F. Chores chart by calendar that is under used right now but about to be overhauled (I made this from a clearance frame and metal cut to fit from an HVAC place.)
G. Stepladder that helps me reach my “backstock” pantry which are wine crates on the top of the cabinets that hold things like napkins, papertowels, cereal, chips, etc.
This small area of my house does so much! The calendar helps me plan for the month ahead. I like having storage for the awkward TV trays. The chalkboard has a Bible Verse to think. The cork board is a place to showcase the kids’ awards and crafts. The walls of laundry rooms are often times overlooked as storage and organizational spaces. By using these ignored walls in my laundry room I was able to have a bunch more use from the space.
Do you have an overlooked wall that you could use for vertical storage? Try these ideas out!