Friday, October 17, 2008

Lovin' Laundry

I can't help myself.

I. Must. Post. About. Laundry.

I finally finished the first half of my homemade laundry detergent.
One bin washed 40, count 'em, 40 loads!

That puts us at 80 loads/batch. $.71 a batch-Oh Baby!

But that's not the best part. The best part is the detergent inspired me to clean out the laundry room.

Our laundry room is itty-bitty. It's always been a bit of an eye-sore to me.


Not any more. (raising my eyebrows over here)

I really, really, really wish I had thought to take a "before" picture.

But I didn't so you're gonna have to trust me. And make a picture in your head.

If you were to open the door to my "old" laundry room, you would have seen the washer and dryer to your left, standing side-by-side, in that order. Above the washer was a cabinet and above the dryer was a cabinet.

Between the cabinets and above the washer and dryer was a single shelf with a hanging rod.

Now why, would any thinking person, put the rod to hang wet, drippy clothes above the washer and dryer? Can you tell me? 'Cause I can't figure it out.

Actually, I have a better question. Why did I live for 10 years in this house with a hanging rod above my washer so every time I needed to open or close the lid--swoosh--move the clothes--swoosh--move 'em back.

Need to turn the dial on the dryer? --swoosh--move the clothes, turn the dial --swoosh--move the clothes back.

Anyway, washer, dryer on the left. A little window straight ahead. In the right corner, on the floor was a little, pre-fab 3- shelf organizer thing that always had waaaaay too much stuff on it, in it, around it. Oh, the window ledge always had at least two jars with buttons, various bottles of cleaners, and bottles of bubbles.

I don't know why I always had a few bottles of bubbles in the laundry room. Hmm, funny that.

I enlisted the help of my very own Papa. We (he) moved the shelf with the rod!

And we (he) put adjustable shelves up between the cabinets. I picked up the paint--antique pink. Sigh.

But it gets better!

I am working my way out of "wannabe" mode when it comes to sewing.

I made curtains to go in front of the shelves. All by my little self.

Nana showed me how to ruffle. These are my very first ruffles ever!

And now without further ado, I present to you,

"The Laundry Room That Makes Her Smile Every Time She Walks By."

That is the dryer peeking out on the left. I told you our laundry room was small.

Sorry for the bad pics. I do a lot of these crazy posts at night--fewer witnesses.

Here's the shelf in it's new place. It's painted pink too!

Those are my curtains. I made those. (smile, big, big smile)

Here's my pink shelves.

Now, those of you who know me well are probably wondering what's up with pink.

I KNOW!! It's so weird. I'm getting all girlie and stuff.

Who would've thunk it. Not me.

(smile) The little flowers on the fabric, the cheery polka dots, the pink, oh, the pink, why it just makes me smile all day I tell ya.

I planned on making curtains for the window but Nana said she wouldn't be able to peek in through her window to see if we were still awake.

She's a stalker I tell ya. But that's okay, she cooks good :) and often.


Andrea Bell said...

folks I am a witness to the afore mentioned laundry room...a miracle has indeed occured:) Joking aside...your laundry room looks bee-u-tee-ful:) Great job on the sewing miss Suzie Homemaker:) Love it!!! Been praying for your trip can't wait to hear all about it!!

Auntie said...

Looking good!!! I kinda like that girlie touch.

Kim (aka- Kanga-mom and sometimes Rabbit-mommy) said...

Oh I love it! But I have to tell you that I was wondering a bit about the pink:-) Who knew? I think it's so funny you posted about this because just a couple of days ago I took some before pics of my awful laundry room because I intend on, very soon, giving it a makeover as well! We can be laundry room remake buds:-)

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