I am so excited to be back with another post in my new series, What Would Jen Do? The first two are essentially trial runs, with me actually visiting the specific space in person to do my assessing and idea crunching. I am guessing this is a bit easier than trying to do everything virtually, and I really appreciate that my pals are letting me test the waters with their spaces. I absolutely love problem solving solutions that will help folks live an easier, breezier life!
You may recall that earlier this year I took a last minute trip to visit one of my favorite gal pals, Cassie, and helped her with her craft room closet project. During my visit we made sure to get in a mix of fun and work, and ate an endless variety of delicious Tex-Mex. I picked her brain about closets and clothing and makeup while she picked mine about storage and organization around her home. I think we both would agree that these normal, daily tasks are far more fun when discussed and worked out with a dear friend.
Cassie wasn’t initially planning a laundry room makeover, but she did express a desire to make it more functional. That’s where I came in! I walked her through my typical thought process and asked her a variety of questions regarding her space and how it should ultimately function for her family.
Then, her washer and dryer decided they’d had enough, and she upgraded to a beautiful set of black stainless steel machines. Ooooh la la!
This sweet upgrade not only expedited the storage and organizational plans, but also was the push she needed to glam up the space a bit. You can find all of her design plan details here.
Hello!? Stop drooling at that marvelous tile! Focus! Cassie has the design elements nailed down, but what about that storage plan?
To get started, I grabbed some scratch paper and took down a few notes and measurements to come up with a basic space layout.
Cassie and I definitely agreed that the best use of this nook would be to have her contractor build custom cubbies to maximize the entire space.
- Store their dog’s food
- Conceal their trash can
- Store footwear
- Offer a place for the kids to hang their backpacks, sporting gear and instruments
- Organize and store additional pool gear and beach towels
- Bonus: offer a place to charge electronics
The drawers will be around 18" tall for the food and trashcan on each end, and the cubbies would be divided into three even sections at approximately 18-20" wide and almost 5’ tall. Instead of a single hook in the center, I would add a hook to each wall, a single or double would really maximize the available hanging space.
|wall manager (no longer available) | folding step stool | rugby bins | label holder hooks | flip down drying rack | pull out trash | elfa laundry organizer|
- Install existing Martha Stewart Wall Manager near new cubbies to act as a place to leave notes, sign off on important school papers and organize family schedules.
- Add a folding step stool for reaching those upper cabinet shelves and cubbies. Ikea also offers an unfinished version, which can be painted in a fresh and playful color.
- Utilize lightweight, concealed bins to hold all of the day-to-day clutter that will be stored in the open shelving (avoid wire baskets as they generally add to visual clutter vs. reduce it).
- Add single or double hooks to each wall of the cubby. The addition of a label will keep everyone in check, and will also look quite charming. I love when function and form combine!
- DIY a pull out drying rack below the row of cabinets, or install this one from IKEA which is slim enough to fit below the window.
- Add small bins to the lower cubby drawers for pull out trash and dog food storage. Utilize the center drawer for family shoes that are currently in rotation.
- Add components of the Elfa laundry organizer to maximize the slender space behind the door, and to provide a place for an iron/ironing board as well as cleaning tools and supplies.
I am sort of sad that this was the last project we looked at together; I feel the need to find another collaboration in the future before I start twitching. Cassie, what do you say?
Once again, my renderings were all done in Excel, and a few of you seemed interested in that fact last time, so I am working on a tutorial post in the near future. I don’t know that it is the fastest way to space plan, but I find it super user friendly and it doesn’t require me to learn fancy space planning and Adobe programs just yet.
And now that I have worked on a few spaces for my very kind friends, I am ready and excited to help a few of you as well! Please submit your problem area photos and questions for a future edition of What Would Jen Do, to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will aim to select spaces that may be a common dilemma for a handful of my readers and that can be accomplished on moderate budget (think nooks, pantries, entryways/closets, playrooms, bathrooms, etc… I don’t intend to virtually take on full rooms just yet). Of course I wish I could help every last one of you, however, I will only be able to select one space every month or two. I really encourage you to try to submit as you may have the perfect space to be addressed. Also, please note that you must be willing to share your photos and story right here to be considered.
Feel free to share your thoughts on today’s plans and ideas in the comments below. Do you have a cubby system in your laundry/mudroom, and if so, is there anything you would have designed differently? What is your favorite method of drying delicate apparel? Are you wishing you could see Cassie’s beautiful laundry room tile in person? #sogood
from IHeart Organizing http://www.iheartorganizing.com/2016/04/what-would-jen-do-land-of-mud-laundry.html