Actually, it isn’t even a “doom”.
It’s a laundry closet.
Shoved into the back hallway where there is a small bathroom and the door to the garage.
Basically, it’s a nuisance instead of a laundry area.
I spend half my home life in this back hallway with no natural light.
No wonder I am gloomy during winter.
Because not only am I subjected to snow all the time and freeze your nipples off temperatures but I spend half my week in this tomb toiling away at other peoples stains and soils all while under the influence of Downy fabric sheets.
Or the smell of whatever my six-year-old left in the toilet that is literally five inches from the washing machine.
Be jealous of my life.
I said to the hubs a few weeks ago, if you want your clothes to be clean going forward, we need to change up that whole “laundry situation”.
So on a frigid January day, we headed to Lowe’s to get the supplies we needed.
Because our Home Depot doesn’t have curtains and we needed them for this project.
And when you live in the glacial Midwest, you make as few stops as possible.
If this means you have to buy your laundry detergent at the Shell station and pay 20 bucks for it, you do it.
LESS STOPS = BETTER.
By the way, I edited all these pictures using Sepia tone because the lighting is so bad back here it looked like a 1970s B movie.
Bow Chicka Wow Wow.
I wanted you to get the feel of how little this space is.
This is as far back as I could go to get this before picture.
On this day, it was a HIGH, A HIGH of -8.
So that would have required me to go out into my garage and take the pic from there.
Do you see all the things wrong with that, mainly, THAT I HAVE TO GO OUT INTO MY GARAGE TO GET ENOUGH ROOM TO TAKE A PICTURE OF THIS HALLWAY?
So the laundry basket on the left side holds our paper towel.
It has since we moved here almost nine years ago.
The laundry basket in the middle is for laundry.
Then there is a dollar tree misfit basket next to that one that holds cleaning supplies for the bathroom that is five inches away.
They are all different colors and sizes.
Which when you shut the door on them, is just fine.
That is when the door would stay shut at all.
This stupid door comes off the hinges every.single.time I do laundry.
So can you imagine the lovely words that would fly out of this laundry hole every time I was trying to maneuver the hampers full of dirty clothing WHILE stuffing the washer and/or dryer with clothes to be washed and/or dried WHILST the kids are trying to get shoes on to go outside or shove past me to use the bathroom that is five inches away.
They weren’t nice words.
My lovely array of stain treatment products.
We are a messy bunch.
It was a logistical laundry nightmare.
And don’t even get me started on that crappin door.
Let’s just say that this winter being as brutal as it has been/is being/will be….the husband seeing that his wife is struggling decided that it would be in his best interest to help me see this project out.
Or no clean clothes.
So this was what we did to have clean clothes forever in the land.
Ditched the folding doors.
And put up cool curtains.
Then painted the insides of this laundry cubicle.
The color is called Shallow Valley by Valspar.
Ok, I have a “thing” about the color green.
It started with this room:
Not the same green but green nonetheless.
So when thinking up a color for this laundry cubicle, I needed a happy color.
And green is happy.
And reminds me of grass.
Something we haven’t seen here in almost three months.
The washing machine just looks happier!
Yes, that is a glaring red dot on my calendar.
You guess what it means.
I brought in a lamp from the living room so we could get some better light back here.
I had this basket in my family room holding magazines that I never read.
I recycled the magazines and put in extra towels for the bathroom that is five inches away as well as our fabric sheets and stain removers.
We bought three matching laundry baskets at Lowe’s for seven dollars each.
I love the white against the green.
Even the teenager loved this little room.
She better seeing as how I am the reason she looks and smells good on most days.
I had to take the above picture from the garage.
It was 20 degrees that day.
So cost to go from this:
Was a grand total of $68.00.
Cheap me was disappointed because I wanted to do this under 50 which I know is unrealistic.
Here is the rundown:
Paint- we did Valspar basic paint because it is a laundry area and I didn’t care if I got primer in it or not. $17.00 for a gallon
Curtains- Lowe’s has great curtains! We got these in the kids’ curtain section for $14.99 each panel; $30.00 total.
Laundry baskets- $7 each for a total of $21.
Now I would eventually like to make a counter to go over the machines for folding and the like but for now, this is perfect.
And I now do laundry with a smile!
OK, a smirk.
Come on! It is laundry…..