Friday, May 13, 2011

Learning to Like Laundry

I have said before that laundry is the bane of my existence, but I am trying to make it more pleasant and I thought I would share what I have done.
This is the before.  It is what I saw when I entered my little laundry area.  Not too enticing right?  I don’t actually have a Laundry “room” per say.  It is more of a very large closet.
I still have some more work to do such as repaint the shelves and make the curtains.  I am also on the lookout for a few bigger baskets.


The after is far better to look at than the before though.  I am just now realizing that sprucing things up and making them a little more pleasing to the eye actually makes me want to be in a room rather than shut the door on it.  I found this “laundry” subway art free online so I downloaded it and put it in a frame I had.  I also found this cute little washing board up in the cabinet when I was cleaning it out so I hung those on the walls. 
I keep my cleaning caddy up there so little hands don’t get it.  Another thing I have done to make my laundry a more pleasant experience was to invest in a new clothesline.  I had two single retractable clotheslines but they broke and they didn’t hold much clothes.  Now, I have a 5 line retractable clothes line.  Want to see it?

See – it goes from my fence to my deck post, but when not in use it just kind of blends into the fence (kind of).  And what is also great about this thing is that it easily comes off the fence in the winter and can be used in doors.  I have no idea how I will do that inside or if my husband would put up with it although he might if it lowers our utility bills.  I just really enjoy hanging out my clothes in the beautiful sunshine while my kids play close by.  It is one of the ways that I actually enjoy doing laundry.



  1. How I love my clothesline! A true place of peace and tranquility.

    Yours looks nice too:)

  2. Thanks Ma! I do like hanging out the laundry. It is so peaceful.

  3. It looks like it is time for me to do a laundry room makeover. It seems to make a big difference.

  4. Greener Cleaning Mom,
    Well, I'm trying whatever I can to make laundry more likeable.

  5. I love this!! Can you tell me where you got the 5 line retractable clothesline? I want a clothes line, but I don't have anywhere to put it where it wouldn't be in the way...I think something like that might work for us.

  6. Handy Man, Crafty Woman,

    Thank you. I got mine from my local Menard's store, but this is the same one from Amazon although it is a little more expensive there:
    Hope that helps.

  7. I miss having clotheslines. I'm a little jealous that you have one! I may make my husband put one up for me

  8. Beth,
    I do love my clothesline. And I am really liking this one since it has a lot more room than my last one. I hope you can get one!


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