Friday, May 21, 2010

The Laundry Monster

My Mudroom Post got me thinking about laundry.  The dreaded laundry!  It is a perpetual evil in my house that I can never seem to overcome.  

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It is difficult enough to force myself to wash and fold never-ending piles of clothes, but even more so when my laundry area isn't clean and organized.

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I must admit, my designated laundry area in my mudroom isn't a beautiful site.  It will not be gracing the cover of any decorator's magazine in the near future!  But it does get the job done and I try to keep my supplies organized and aesthetically pleasing.  

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My favorite part of organizing is using what I have on hand!  I try not to rush to the store and spend a fortune on plastic bins and containers for my latest cleaning whim, but by utilizing jars, dishes and baskets that I already own I create a beautiful environment and stay frugal.

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For years I had no utility area.  Mops and brooms and cleaning supplies were stored in the kitchen and laundry was done in the garage.  So I learned to make the best of things by putting down rugs and using creative shelving to make what could be an ugly area, pretty!

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So for those who are waiting for the Laundry Room of their dreams to enrich their lives, just use your noodle to brainstorm a fun and whimsical way to make your own laundry area!

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There are so many great products like hampers and baskets out there on the market now that you could turn any corner by your washer and dryer into your own little washing paradise!
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You don't have to break your budget to do it, either.  Just some simple forethought and good shopping skills will help you find just the hamper you need!
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You may even find a piece of unused furniture that you already own that can be turned into your laundry station.

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It is amazing what we can do if we look at old objects in a new light. 

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Got a spare closet?  Consider turning it into a home for a stackable washer and dryer combo! 

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Or take down the clothes rail and make your own utility room where one didn't exist before.

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Rosie the Riveter says "We can do it!" Squeeze those supplies into an organization space that would make any homeowner of a larger-sized home jealous of your laundry karma!

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And for a fun project to do on a rainy day, why not try your hand at making your own laundry detergent!  An eco-friendly and budget saving tip that will look cute as a button in a jar or glass container in your new spic and span laundry room!
3 bars all-natural or organic soap. 
Non-synthetic with no animal by-products.  Get the smell good kind!  It's worth it!
I use Castile or Pink Zote bar soaps.
The Pink Zote is my favorite because it smells so good! 

4 Lbs Borax

4 Lbs Baking Soda
4 Lbs Washing Soda
Mix and store in an airtight container.

Off to fold clothes now!



Nancy said...

you mention 3 bars of soap, borax, etc. to make your soap. Do you mean I need to grate the soap up to mix with the borax, washing soda, and baking soda? And 4 lbs of each of the powdered ingredients? Just making sure, because I'd love to try this.

Mary Lou said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog so I can find your blog..
yes I love Rue. She's a jewel.
Love your laundry room too. I'm in a condo and have the stackable set and would never go back to the regular kind. They share the pantry so we don't know if we eat out of the laundry or wash clothes in the pantry..both I guess.