I'm beginning to scare myself.
I'm not an organized person by nature but I am not a slob either. I was never the type of child who had piles of dirty clothes and pizza crusts in my room. I made my bed and kept my room pretty clean but there was alot of visual clutter- dolls, papers, articles, my computer and, of course, school supplies.
My husband, however, was messy. He once cleaned his college apartment for me as a birthday present and it was a huge deal. Let's put it this way- I wasn't quite joking when I said I was afraid to use the bathroom because I might get some funky disease. Yeah, not good.
Now, as a parent, my house isn't clutter free. We have kid toys everywhere, Lego on the dining room table and a craft area with no place to really store said crafts.
With a clutter bug for a husband, four small kids who never put anything away or back or... anyway, you get the idea. A neat freak would lose their mind and someone who wants to be neater but isn't naturally 100 per cent so, would lose the battle.
Anyway, onto the laundry room.
We need space. I searched on Pinterest, several websites and got ideas from my friend Beth who is super-uber organized. I nixed the idea of waiting for cabniets to come in from a friend who does kitchen remodels (too long and too much of a pain to put up) and chose wire shelves instead.
Now, I have this:
That hanging thing is from Amazon. My friend has one and I saw it in her laundry room. She found it on solutions.com but they no longer had it. For 20 dollars, I got it and had Adam hang it up. Now I can take his work clothes from the dryer and hang them up right away, without trying to balance them on door knobs, stacking them in the living room or having them get wrinkled. (THE HORRORS!) It also folds flat against the wall when not in use but, honestly, it doesn't take up much space at all when it is open.
I'm not finished in there yet. I'd love to paint but probably won't because of all the hardware hanging up. I'm going to find to make new curtains for the window and maybe hang up some pictures. I'd love to measure the kids against the wall and mark how tall they grow year to year. I also want some nice baskets or totes to store items I don't use every day (clothes pins, oils, extra laundry supplies) and I plan to put a drawer or basket up there to hold small outside toys, like bubbles and sidewalk chalk.
This morning when Adam brought down coat hangers for me to use, I said, "Wait! Let ME go into the laundry room!" and I happily pranced into my new, useable space to hang them up. He followed, amused and asked if this is my new Mommy Room. How does he know about my plans to listen to the iPad, drink a glasses of wine and fold laundry in peace and quiet every evening?