Be inspired by these space planning and laundry room organizing ideas without spending money. It's week 3 of the $100 Room challenge.
Welcome back to the $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry.
In case you are new here today this challenge is all about making over one room, during one month for $100 or less.
Here's the Laundry Room Makeover Recap
Week 1 - Intro and Before Pics
Week 2 - Painting and Cleaning
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Week 4 – Decorating a Laundry Room
Week 5 - Final Reveal
For those of you who have been following along, I know many were loving our old aqua farm table in this room. However, it was awkward and took up a lot of space, so I began looking for a replacement. (Don't worry we've just moved it to the basement for now. I'm sure we'll find another great use for it in the future.)
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Laundry Room Organizing Ideas
This week is all about organizing ideas and making more efficient use of our space.
Originally I thought I'd spend some of my $100 budget on a small table but when I was dropping off items we no longer use (like that crazy chicken rotisserie) at the Goodwill I spied this old computer desk.
That's right, $4.99! I ended up paying $6 due to taxes and the round-up program that supports job training for people with disabilities.
This old computer desk needed some superficial help but it ended up being a great size for the nook area in the laundry room.
I used a couple of coats of some leftover gray porch paint to make it blend it with the room and it looks great!
Now I have space for my vacuum cleaner in addition to the brooms, mops and other awkward tall things in the room.
Better Storage Options
We used to have several large pots under the farm table. These are used for steaming crabs and making shrimp boils etc.. We don't use them that often so I moved them and some buckets into the cabinet on the left where the laundry chute is.
The other end of the chute is located in the closet of my daughter's old bedroom. Since she doesn't live at home now, the chute doesn't get used, so why not use the space for storage.
I also organized the shelves and labeled the boxes so we'll actually know what's in them.
More labeling was done on the cabinet above the washer and dryer.
I also bought a wall hook for the ironing board. I know, the ironing board cover is hideous. However, I am going to fix that eyesore next week. Stay tuned for "Make it Pretty" next week.
My other purchase this week was the addition of these two nice gray bins from IKEA. These are new and I would have linked to them but I couldn't find them on their website. They are called Hallbar bins and cost $14.99 each. I almost bought the FLUR but they are slightly smaller and I liked the gray color of the Hallbar bins.
They are just what we need for storing all of our recyclable plastic bags and paper bags. This was a must on my list because these two things were always cluttering up the room.
They fit perfectly under the Goodwill desk and there is room on the back shelf for storage and room in between for our stash of soda cans.
At the halfway mark and I really think I could be done at this point. However, I do have a few extra tricks up my sleeve so please come back next week for a few beautification ideas I have planned.
LRM Budget Recap
- Painting the walls, trim, and cabinets ---- $0 (leftover paint on hand)
- Cleaning supplies -- $0
- Laundry chute cabinet hardware -- $16.94
- Plastic bins and paper labels -- $0
- Goodwill table -- $6.00
- Ironing board hanger --$11.65
- IKEA bins -- $31.78
Total spent so far -----> $66.37
balance left to spend ---> $33.63
Only one more week before the final reveal. I think it's going to be my favorite week yet, as I get to add some extra beauty to the room.
So I hope I'll see you all next week for "Make It Pretty," and don't forget to check out the progress of the other $100 room makeover participants listed below.
Sherry Denise Cole
That desk is perfect for your space and I love the price. Your laundry room is going to be amazing!
Thanks Sherry. I'm so glad I joined the challenge. My laundry room thanks me and I get so inspired by all the other great work.
Lindsey from Hilltown House
That desk really is the perfect size and what a great deal! I love that color gray
Looks like we both scored huge at our local thrift/goodwill stores. How fun! I love how your corner looks now. So neat and tidy. The desk does look like it was made for the space. Love the idea of the tubs for the bags. Great idea. Our laundry rooms are coming together nicely.
Thanks Terrie. I should stop by Goodwill more often. It's right around the corner but I forget about it.
Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod
We love a great thrift store find! The computer desk is perfect for your space. Also, thanks for sharing your organization ideas!
Thanks Vicki and Jenn. That desk was so not cute but it just happened to be the perfect size. And the price, well, I had to have it.
Don't you love a great steal at the thrift stores! The room is really pulling together. Can't wait to see how you pretty it up. Yep, that ironing board cover has seen better days.
Thanks Pamela. I hardly ever use that ironing board. But, that's no excuse for the hideous state that it is in. I'll definitely have a couple of fun pretty additions that you will like next week.
Jen @ JENRON DESIGNS
Oh my gosh you got such a deal on that desk! Way to go, my savvy shopper and it looks amazing too!
Thanks Jen. It was a happy accident for sure. I went to Goodwill to drop off stuff and was looking around for a print to decorate the room and low and behold, the computer desk is just the right size for that area. Lucky more than savvy.
I can't believe you found that desk at Goodwill for just $6! That's awesome! Excited to see your "make it pretty" tricks next week. 🙂
I know Rachel, right? I never would have given it a second look but the size was pretty much perfect and the price! So glad I found it.
That desk fits that area perfectly and those bins are too! I can't wait to see the reveal of this room.
Thanks Tammy. It works so much better than the farm table, even though I really like that table. I'll just need to find a better place for it.
Elizabeth Jones | Jonesville
Wow that desk turned out great and fits perfectly!
I know! Most have been meant to be.
That desk looks great all painted to look new again. Love how you stored the plastic and paper bags too. The labels though is where this whole things shines and makes everything so much easier to find. Good Solution!
Thanks Carole. I'm sure the bins are not that impressive to most. But, this is one thing I personally really wanted a solution to because we always have so many plastic bags and paper that we want to recycle. It really made a mess of the room.