Monday, October 8, 2012

laundry room lovin', phase one.

Truth: when we first looked at our little casita, Mr. Spouse, our realtor and I spent a solid ten minutes trying to locate the laundry room. As I spend a good chunk of my weekend doing laundry and nothing smells better than a Bounce dryer sheet, a big factor for me in our prospective house was that the laundry room be rockin'. No more stackable machines for me, no sir. You would think, then, that if it took us ten whole minutes to even find the laundry room, it would be quite pitiful and not up to par. Ar contrar.

The reason we couldn't find the laundry room was because the room was in fact located in the master bathroom. My initial reaction: for serious? My current feelings on the location of the laundry room: pure genius. I mean, I don't have to lug Mr. Spouse and my clothes a single yard in order to bring them back to dewey freshness. I literally pull them directly from the hamper I threw them in, toss them into the machine, wash, rinse, and repeat. Fabulicious.

The previous owners were even more ingenious to install wire shelving across the entire laundry closet for maximum storage - I think they want to be best friends with me, I just know it. So as soon as I saw those shelves, I knew they must be occupied with these:

I thought these wire baskets would be the perfect laundry room storage solution - efficiently controlling the stain removers, dryer sheets, and bulk, general cleaning supplies I wanted to keep in our laundry room. Therefore, Mr. Spouse effectively bought out the entire stock of these baskets from Amazon weeks before we moved. {If you were trying to buy the same baskets in mid-May, my deepest apologies for selfishly clearing Amazon out - I just HAD to have them, though...}

Once all the baskets were loaded and shelved, we had a wonderfully compartmentalized laundry room:

Compartmentalized and contained? Yes. Attractive? Negatron.

While I loved having all of my cleaning supplies contained and easy to retrieve, I hated the visual clutter created in the space. U-G-L-Y, you ain't got no alibi.

I decided to line the baskets with some pretty paper to mask the contents and create a bit more unity in the room. I found this fabulous wrapping paper at The Container Store and knew it was perfect for my project:

Further, after using my teacher discount and a gift card, the paper was zilcho dolares. Even better.

With my paper now purchased, I measured the dimensions of my baskets:

I then cut two sizes of papers - one for the front and back of the basket and one for the sides. Once the papers were cut, I also laminated them to prevent tears and water damage {I know you're shocked to hear I found an excuse to laminate...}:

With the papers trimmed and laminated, I simply had to slide them into each side of the basket to create the perfectly lined basket!

The lamination made the paper sturdy enough to hold itself up, flush with the side of the basket.

Holy laundry love, Batman.

I love the uniformity and visual cleanliness created by the basket liners!

With the first step down, my next job is to create labels for my now not-so-see-through-but-totally-worth-the-opacity baskets... well as labels for my detergent and bleach. I'm seeing some mod podge in my future.

How do y'all organize your laundry room?


  1. This is so cute!! I love this! Nor did I know about the teacher discount at the container store... when I graduate in May and (hopefully!) have my first teaching job, I'll have to keep that in mind because I LOVE the container store!! And if I wasn't moving back home to do my full time student teaching in three months I'd do it at my place now!

  2. Awesome. Smart move on the simple basket-liner style. 4 laminated papers? Brilliant. I've got some shelves that might need a basket-treatment like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Where did you find the big glass jars with spigots? Do they leak?

    1. Hi Janey! I found them on Amazon (

      The jar holding my detergent has never leaked! It's been wonderful! The jar holding the bleach did eventually begin to leak, but it was my fault for putting such a harsh chemical in there!