Thrifty Laundry Room Make-Over

by Denise on January 6, 2013

free laundry room make-over

WHAT:  Laundry Room Make-Over

BUDGET:  $0 – free!

THE GOAL:  Organize and beautify the space without spending much (any) money.

I recently gave my laundry room a much needed thrifty make-over.  And the best part is that this make-over didn’t cost me a dime!

My laundry room is located off of the kitchen and, as it is basically an extension of the kitchen, I like to keep the door open.  However, as you will see from the pictures, the space needed some serious help.  In addition to a complete lack of practical storage, it also looked – frankly – ugly. Very, very ugly.

Don’t believe me?  Check out these BEFORE pictures:
laundry before 1

And this was the view from the kitchen (ugh):
laundry before 2

Scary, huh?  :)   As you can see, storage was a serious issue.  The wire shelf left everything completely exposed.  We toyed with the idea of removing it and replacing it with cabinets to match those in the kitchen, but that would have been pricey.  Plus, I was afraid it would make the space feel too closed in.

Since the budget for this project was small, I decided to think outside of the box – or INSIDE of the box in this case.  LOL!  I went around the house and found some unused baskets and swapped out a 4th basket and then I went to work organizing.  And this is the result:laundry after 1

And best of all, here is the view from the kitchen (woot!!!!):
laundry after 2

So how did I fit all of the stuff shown above into four baskets?  First, I went through everything in the room and determined a.) if I used it, b.) if it could be stored elsewhere.  For instance, I had a container full of extension cords,  Those really didn’t belong in the laundry room and I relocated them to the basement.  I also had some cleaning supplies that I never used.  Rather than continue to store them, I gave them away to friends.

Once I had gone through everything, I then divided it into four groups – each representing a basket.  One basket (the one on the dryer) contains all the laundry “stuff” – detergent, pre-treaters, softener sheets, etc..  The baskets up on the shelf are similarly divided up – basket #1 has carpet and upholstery cleaning supplies, basket #2 has wood polishes and window cleaning supplies and rags, and basket #3 contains miscellaneous items such as “CLR” and “Oxy Clean. ”

Now when I have a cleaning job to do I just get down whatever basket I need, and when I am done it is easy-peasy to put everything away!

You may have also noticed that I added some artwork.  They had previously been given to me and I liked them but didn’t really have any place to hang them, so they had been sitting in a closet.  To my surprise, they fit perfectly in the space above the washing machine.  I think they make the space feel more like a real room.  Silly as it seems, I enjoy doing laundry more now that I have something special to look at!

Did I mention this project was completely FREE?  I wish all my projects were so easy and cheap!  All in all, I am very happy with the end result.  The laundry room is now one of my favorite spaces in my house!  What organizing projects have you completed recently?

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Lena at OnMySideoftheWorld January 7, 2013 at 1:00 am

Nice job on a free makeover!


Denise January 7, 2013 at 2:47 am

Thanks, Lena!


Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life January 7, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I always love being able to use what I have on hand instead of spending more money. It looks great and probably feels so good to have it organized!


Denise January 7, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Me too, Laura! I’m actually amazed at how well I have been able to keep everything organized since I did my make over. I think baskets just work well for me as I don’t have to be overly particular on how things get put away.


Patty January 8, 2013 at 12:00 am

I love how you made the room look so nice with just using what you already had on hand. I’ve really got to work on my laundry room. It’s no fun to be in. Love the artwork idea. I have some pictures in my laundry room but they’re old and I don’t even like them. Time to put them in the giveaway box and move something else in there. Thanks for the inspiration!


Denise January 8, 2013 at 1:03 am

You’re welcome, Patty… and thank you for your kind words. I really love that I was able to do this project without spending anything…I am not always so lucky!


Julie January 8, 2013 at 4:56 am

Looks great! I love makeovers that involve shopping in ones own house. The art work looks good and I love the bins above. :)


Denise January 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Thanks, Julie. I was so happy to be able to find a home for the artwork! I loved it but it just didn’t fit in the rest of the house. Thanks for visiting ‘My House, My Rules.’


Rachel January 9, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Looks great!


Denise January 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Thanks, Rachel! The master bathroom closet is my next organizing projects. It is even worse than the laundry room was!


'Becca January 9, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Great job! One of my favorite home makeovers was turning a set of ugly 30-year-old plastic stacking shelves into a skirted bedside table simply by draping an old curtain over it! Now it looks pretty, we have a place to put potted plants under the window (and if they overflow, they won’t ruin the table), we have space on the lower shelves for pajamas and bedside reading materials, and that storage is hidden from view!


Denise January 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm

‘Becca, that is a great use for a plastic shelving unit! I love the idea of furniture being reused in new ways, especially if it also provides great storage options.


Nancy@livininthegreen January 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Looks nice! Great ideas to use what you have to clean up a space. :)


Denise January 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Thanks, Nancy. And thanks for stopping by here!


Nici ~ Posed Perfection January 10, 2013 at 3:18 am

What a great “free” makeover! I need to do this in my laundry room…desperately! I’m your newest Facebook fan. I hope you’ll stop by soon for a visit and maybe even follow me back. Have a great week!


Denise January 10, 2013 at 3:39 am

Thanks, Nici, for the follow. I did follow you back. Looks like you have a great site!


Linda@With A Blast January 10, 2013 at 6:27 am

Looks GREAT ! Unbelievable how big the transformation is and you used what you had on hand :-)


Denise January 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Thanks, Linda. I got lucky having those baskets. The big oval one on the dryer (which I love!) had previously held dog treats and I just repurposed it and found a new home for the dog treats.


Vikki January 10, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I love it!!!! Please share at my linky party going on now at Thanks!


Denise January 10, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Thanks for the invite, Vikki! I will head right over!


Linda January 10, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I’m visiting from Frugal Days. Thanks for the ideas. Our washer/dryer are at one end of the kitchen. We had to remove the doors in order to be able to pull out the tray to put the laundry soap in –something we didn’t consider when measuring! I’ve got baskets on my shelves, but I never thought of removing the stuff to our downstairs storage that we don’t need very often. And if I had taller baskets, that would help too!


Denise January 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Oh no, Linda… that is too bad about having to remove the doors! The taller baskets really do seem to hide everything well. I hope I could offer some inspirations for you. Please come back again!


Lisa Lynn January 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Love to repurpose! Found you on Frugal Days and I would love to have you share this on The HomeAcre Hop!


Denise January 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Hi Lisa Lynn, thanks for visiting. I will check out your site.


Lisa Lynn January 12, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop! So glad to have you join me :) Can’t wait to see what you have to share next week!


Alison Bayne January 12, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Found you on the HomeAcre Hop and would love to try something like this…but we don’t have a laundry room. Bet I can adapt some of your great ideas though.


Denise January 13, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Hi Alison and thanks for visiting. Maybe you can use some of the ideas in another area, like a closet or an entertainment center? I am on my way to check out your site now!


SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime January 13, 2013 at 6:52 am

Great job! Btw, this is the week’s favorite post so I’ll mention it tomorrow during the CBPH. Thanks for joining us :)


Roeshel January 14, 2013 at 12:05 am

Awesome! I love ‘shopping’ around the house. What a difference! Great job!


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