WFMW: Mini Laundry Room Makeover #MaytagMom

Our laundry room is directly off the kitchen. And by directly, I mean, next to it. Let me just make it plain for you: it’s very possible there could be a stray sock in the soup. Thatclose.

This has presented a challenge or two, since there are five of us and there’s more laundry than food. It’s a very small space and my XL Maytag Bravos set takes up the room. The one shelf in the room is too high for me to reach and so detergent and baskets and laundry whatnot are on the floor.

We can’t just shut the door to keep the laundry overflow either. The laundry room door has a pet door which leads to the garage so we can keep the kitty bathroom out of the um, kitchen. #firstworldproblems.

So, I’ve been on the hunt for some kind of practical laundry system to go with my beautiful appliances. My smart hubby came up with this $139 combo from Ikea-a tall shelf turned on its side, with a cabinet and the original hanging bar attached:

I love it. I added the chalkboard paint to the door to the spacious cabinet holding my Tide detergent because I’m sort of addicted to it.

Our muddy backyard (another project) has been presenting all kinds of stain-related issues lately, so I’ve been hanging out in the laundry room a lot lately. I love the way my Maytag Bravos XL help me fight mud and grass stains. My old machine would not only rip and shrink clothes, it would make horrible noises at me. I literally just spray and wash and I’m amazed at how little water and detergent I need to get even 5 year old stains out. Awesome!

My laundry room right now:

I mean my laundry is still not putting itself away, but it’s progress.

My mini laundry room makeover and my Maytag Bravos XL work for me!

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Disclaimer: I wrote this post as a #MayTagMoms Dependable Laundry Ambassador through mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with the Maytag washer and dryer set to facilitate my post.


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    I love your white shelves and I really love the chalkboard door. How clever! I think that would be fun to do in my laundry room too after we paint. Thanks for hosting!

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    Jenn says

    LOVE it! You should submit your hubby’s Ikea hack to the Ikea Hackers website/blog. It’s an awesome place to see what solutions people have come up with by altering Ikea products.

    I have a good friend who was…WAS….addicted to Tide. But one day she ran out of it and borrowed some of my home made laundry soap. Her clothes come out cleaner than ever now. I’ll be sending down some diaper inserts for The Mercy House…would you like me to put enough home made detergent for 5 or 6 loads along with the recipe in the box???

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        Jenn says

        I was just thinking about that last night. I thought “I bet she has some huge amount of Tide sitting around somewhere”. LOL!!! I’ll put it in the box and you can use it if you want to. I stopped using store bought detergent a year ago and its way cheaper to make your own (IF you aren’t given a year’s worth of Tide, that is! 😀 ). It costs me about $20 to make a year’s worth of detergent. It works for me! I’ll include a wordy note with the home made stuff.

        Oh…and just wait until you see the color of the diaper inserts!! I was soo excited when I saw that Sam’s had added colors other than blue to their microfiber section!! ::happy dance::

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    tonya says

    i think this is the washer/dryer set i’m saving for…a top loading washer w/o the agitator. do you like not having the agitator? all my friends have front loaders, but i’ve heard too much about leakage. so i haven’t actually talked to someone who has a top loader w/o the agitator.

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    Mary Beth says

    I’m in the same situation. We bought a house a year ago and the washer & dryer are in the kitchen. The kitchen table is always covered in folded clothes. Hanging clothes are hanging from the kitchen chairs. I still haven’t found a good solution. Our hope is to someday move the washer & dryer into the second bathroom. Your makeover looks wonderful! It gives me some great ideas!

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    We have a stacking washer and dryer in the kid’s bathroom. Not much I can do with that, but thankful it’s upstairs and I don’t have to haul everything downstairs to wash. Thanks for hosting wfmw

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    Amy says

    I used to enjoy looking through the link-ups, but you seem to be inundated with “1-minute Bible love-notes”. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Bible study and such, but why are they linking to Works for me Wednesday, and why are there so many of them? They’re under multiple headings, and aren’t really “Work for Me” posts.

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