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My laundry room is the tiniest room in the house and also the messiest. It has a tendency to become the catch-all room because no one goes in there and we can shut the door to it (it connects the kitchen to the garage).

I am determined to clean it out by Friday and I need some cheap options to keep it clean and organized. Mostly the crap that collects on top of the washer and dryer and then falls behind them.

I will take some pictures tomorrow when I get it cleared out.

We need to paint it and also replace the flooring as one of our dogs destroyed the floor. The flooring is the same as the kitchen though so I don't plan on fixing the floor until we renovate the kitchen (probably 2 years from now). He ripped up the linoleum. I need an idea that will cover it up until we replace the floor and is easy to clean.

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Do you have any shelves in there?
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I can fit 4 large baskets on top of my washer and dryer. Solved the issue! But I also have cabinets in there.
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I have some shelves behind the washer and dryer that DH build. I need to clean them out. I would like to put kitchen appliances we don't use often on the top shelf to clear out some kitchen cabinet space which would give me the bottom shelf which should have nothing but cleaning supplies on it.

I would like to hand a roman shade or something to block the shelves too, so they aren't an eyesore at all.

What do you put in the four baskets?

I also have to fit recycling in there. It is currently in ikea recycling boxes behind the door but makes it so we can't open the door all the way.

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can you put the recycling bins on the shelves so that it would go like this:

top shelf, kitchen supplies/appliances that are rarely used;

bottom shelf, recycling bins;

on top of washer/dryer, 1 container for washing materials (soap, whitening powder, stain stick, whatever); 1 container for cleansers used around the house; 1 container for brushes, rags, and so on for cleaning; and 1 container to 'catch all' whatever else you might keep/use in there?

our laundry room had only one shelf, and we kept our recycling on the shelf, and then our dryer had the soaps and cleaning supplies in a tub on it.
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Can you put the recycling in the garage? That is what we do. We wouldn't have room for recycling bins in our laundry room, which is between the garage and the kitchen, like yours is.

Without seeing a picture of your space, I suggest hanging a curtain (cafe or valance) on a tension rod to hide the shelving. You could put cleaning supplies in one basket or bin, laundry supplies in the other. I have hooks for bags/backpacks/etc as well as a shoe rack in my laundry room.

What other things do you store in your laundry area?

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No advice, I'd just like to share the misery b/c it sounds exactly like my laundry room- no it's not a ROOM it is the size of a small bedroom closet. I hate it.

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My baskets rotate depending on the season. Right now I don't have any because stuff hasn't been accumulating there. In the past though:

-dog stuff (leash, treats, brush, etc)
-DS shoes
-winter hats/mittens/boots/etc
-outdoor stuff (bubbles, bug spray, chalk, etc
-catch all
-umbrella, cloth shopping bags, purse

In my cabinets I have a shelf of:
-laundry cleaning stuff
-soft liners for sink when doing crystal / mesh laundry bags
-1 empty
-misc dog stuff
-extra foil, parchment paper, wax paper, etc
-rags
-cleaninig supplies
-2 shelves of lightbulbs/lighters
-extra detergent, box of bags
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I am so going to by some baskets next week for it.

We would like to keep recycling there. We used to have it in the garage and we all tend to stick in there to take to the garage later. So we bought containers so it had a spot. I wonder if I can fit them on the shelves...

Any ideas for the floor? I need to cover the holes with something.

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You could throw a bathroom type rug on the floor for now. What is the mess, clean laundry? We have shelves with all different sized matching laundry baskets and I just throw clean washing into each depending on which room it is going. Its finally made laundry easy.
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is it actual structural holes or just in the flooring? i would probably find an inexpensive rug (sisal or something) and toss it on the floor in there. actually, ikea is a good place where you could get roman or bamboo shades for seriously cheap, and then also get a rug. and some baskets.
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No structural holes, he tore apart the linoleum. I wonder if I could buy a big rug to put under the washer and dryer, so it doesn't slide all over the place.

Ikea or Target sounds like the perfect place for me. I didn't get any work done on it yesterday. MD reared it's ugly head again and I wasn't up to it.

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So Phase 1 is done. I can open the door now! I scrubbed the floor, washed the walls and threw away or re-purposed a bunch of crap in there. I had that rug elsewhere and am using it to cover one of the holes our dog dug up.

Phase 2 will be painting the walls, trim and door, putting in more/different rugs, baskets on the shelves and a roman shade to cover storage. That will happen this October or November, after we renovate the girl's room.

Phase 3 will be new flooring, when we re-do the kitchen which will be at least 2 years from now.

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Have you looked into these Flor tiles? I think they'd be perfect, easy to clean and you could pick something cool to match that fabulous paint. Love that color!

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Good idea! We are actually painting it as we painted the living room a similar colour and I don't want them to look the same.

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Can I just say that I wish my laundry room were as clean as yours ?

I think it looks great so far.

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Can I just say that I wish my laundry room were as clean as yours ?

I think it looks great so far.
Thanks. It seriously took me three days. It was piled with stuff. Quite embarrassing actually. DH was so happy this morning that he could open both doors all the way!

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I think it looks great! I think the only suggestion would be to get some pretty looking fabric lined bins or something to get the extra cleaning stuff in there.

Are the egg cartons empty? You could open them up and stack them they'll take up much less space.

I love the color!

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looks good.
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I think it looks great! I think the only suggestion would be to get some pretty looking fabric lined bins or something to get the extra cleaning stuff in there.

Are the egg cartons empty? You could open them up and stack them they'll take up much less space.

I love the color!

I am either going with baskets (when I have the cash flow) or a roman shade to hide the shelves.

Egg cartons are empty. For the chickens, who just started laying. I will definitely do that!

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I too love the color on the walls!

How about something like this?

http://www.younghouselove.com/2007/11/spin-city/ I love how neat and tidy it looks with just a roman shade.
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Looks great and I love that color! What color is it? You know, for that magical day when my dog stops eating my laundry room, lol.
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Looks great and I love that color! What color is it? You know, for that magical day when my dog stops eating my laundry room, lol.
haha Our dog ate our floor. I feel your pain.

It is zesty lime from Home Depot. We painted it first and then ended up painting the living room in Japanese Fern which is really similar. So I am thinking about painting the laundry room yellow.

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