An Organized Laundry Room

by Chris on August 2, 2010

I’m warning you.  There’s a lot of pictures in this post.  It was a beautiful day, I had the window open in the laundry room (don’t tell my husband—the air was on too), and I was appreciating my newly organized cabinets.

laundry shelves

To be honest, they kind of already looked like this. However, all the turquoise bins used to be yellow.  I was over the yellow. Thank the heavens for spray paint!

laundry organization

I’m pretty sure I’ve declared my love for bins and labels before, before, and before. Oh, and before.  And before.  Gees.

laundry basket

I typed up all my categories on some thick cardstock, punched a hole, and threaded some coordinating ribbon through.  Oh, how I love some cute ribbon.

cute laundry tag 

cute laundry

You may see a couple of bins with no label on them.  Everyone stay calm. There is no need for alarm.  I have since labeled them all and everything is right with the world again.

laundry storage

I mean, had I not labeled this basket “cleaners”, no one would ever know that there are, in fact, cleaners in there.  Right?

laundry baskets

All of the bins came from the dollar store—including the yellow change basket below.  He must have been hiding from my spray paint.  I’ll get him.  Don’t you worry.

laundry storage

pretty laundry

laundry ideas

When your complexion is so fair that your skin starts to boil within 10 minutes of exposure, and when your backyard is an apartment complex for mosquitoes, you too will have a bin dedicated to summer.  And you still won’t have enough supplies.

cute laundry basket 

organized laundry

Just when I was thinking no one was around to enjoy the fruits of my labor, a friend of mine called and asked if she could do a load of laundry at my house (no joke!—she’s here from out of town). I {gleefully} said yes.  As she was opening the cabinets for the detergent, I was standing there feeling pretty darn cool about myself.

laundry storage ideas

As I walked into the other room, my husband looked at me and said, “You’re feeling pretty darn cool about yourself right now, aren’t you?”  Husbands.



Sharon -- The OKI Stampqueen August 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Very nice!!! I love the cool aqua color! I, too, love labels! Makes it sooo easy to put stuff back and for husbands to find things themselves (or one can hope!) I take mine a step further tho-clear contact paper is (one of) my best friends, too! Just adds a little durability and dust protection!

Colleen August 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I love your labels! The clear jars with the silver lids are adorable. Where did you find those?

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row August 2, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Bins, labels, towels with the folded edges out . . . . you hit my organizing dreams right on the nail! Looks fantastic.

Kelli @ RTSM August 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I am so jealous! My laundry room is way too small which means it is always cluttered! I could use some baskets and labels!

Peggy of Plush Nest August 2, 2010 at 1:08 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE the color! What spray paint is it? I reminds me of a Tiffany box (kinda a posh way to do laundry, don't you think?)

Creative Decor by Brooke August 2, 2010 at 1:18 pm

There's nothing like an organized laundry. Love it. You should be proud of yourself.

Richella August 2, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Oh, gosh, this post is just about perfect. Funny, fun to read, wonderful photos, good ideas. . . . You're great. And if I were you, I'd be feeling pretty darn cool about myself, too. :)

Kelli August 2, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I am in love with this organization.! And yes, very cool that you were able to show it off!

The Oxford Family August 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I wish anything in my house was this organized!!!

Southern Gal August 2, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I am choosing to be encouraged by this post; I doubt anything in my house will ever look like this, but I can hope, right?

You're one talented, organized lady!

val August 2, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Oh how I love organization! :) Beautiful job with everything, labels, ribbon, colors!

Home's Where My Heart Is August 2, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Oh my heart goes pitter patter..I just love what you've done.

I love spray paint, too. It's not just an addiction anymore, it's part of my life.

Thanks for sharing, loved the great ideas.


To The Moon and Back August 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm

oooh, love it…the bins, the labels, the ribbon, love all of it! Living in Florida I completely understand the "summer" basket, gotta get me one of those:)

twolittletots August 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Oh, I wish I had a bigger laundry room looking at your loving pictures!

But, I do love the dollar store for storage bins…LOVE it. I am heading there today for some, and I can't wait to see what they have.

Love the labels too!

superpaige August 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I didn't see any LAUNDRY in your laundry room. You do do laundry in there, right?

I've got to get my laundry room organized and clean this week, but I could never even wish for something as beautiful and organized as that. You're my idol.

Country Dreaming August 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I too am in the group with the too small laundry room. I try to keep it as organized as possible and
it stays that way most of the time.
Yours is looking good though.


Lettered Cottage August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Very, very nice!
Love the colors!

Layla :-)

Brandy August 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Very nice, you have soothed my inner organizer on an frantic Monday!!

Leslii@Studio 23 August 2, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Oh my! You have just added to my "todo" list…My laundry room looks like a bomb went off in it pretty much on a daily base. Maybe if everything had a bin and was labeled the bomber might not hit that room.

-hopelessly after a clean house

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia August 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I would be too! I love how Organize everything looks. Giving me inspiration to clean up my Scrapbook Closet!

Mindy August 2, 2010 at 3:06 pm

lookin' good! :) I wish mine was that organized!

Tiffany August 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Just simple things I learn from bloggers, how clever to put matches in a jar? Bloody brilliant, I say.. Thanks for sharing.

Barb August 2, 2010 at 4:34 pm

You deserve to "feel pretty darn good about yourself". Looks great!!!I love to look at how things are organized. Your visitor was impressed I'm sure. The colors are so cheerful. You did a really good job.

Love you

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life August 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm

So did your friend say anything about how good it looked!?!?!

Jenn @ WestSacHoney August 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm

This is amazing! I love it and might have to do the same!

pamela August 2, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Wow, I haven't been here for awhile. Summers can be like that.
Happy to scoot around here today though.
Love the labels.
I need labels in my life and doesn't it feel oh so good to get things organized again?

Lynda@ One Project at a Time August 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm

You've inspired me to paint the bins in my kitchen pantry. I'm reorganizing (again) and am over the green bins. It's time to break out the orange.

I almost forgot, the laundry room looks good :)

{ L } August 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm

You know what woman?! These are the types of post that make you the one and only JAG!!! :D Double love this post and now I have to re read it for ideas. Thanks!

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign August 2, 2010 at 6:36 pm

It looks so fresh and clean! I love all your organizing ideas…I am currently in the {extremely slow} process of a laundry room update. Thanks for the inspiration!

Stephanie August 2, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I love it!

Melissa August 2, 2010 at 7:21 pm

I heart this! Great job.

Belinda August 2, 2010 at 8:06 pm

looks great and what great timming your friend had! HA that would never happen to me.. I would get the call when I had like 5 loads sorted on the floor in my laundry room and never open my cabinets something may hit you in the head!

Alicia August 2, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Cute! Love that aqua color. I too love bins and labels in my laundry "closet." They keep me sane. ;o)

Nikki@ Cheap Like a Birdie August 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I always love your labels. For some reason I'm a slacker and keep saying I'll get mine done and don't but at least I can enjoy yours.

Cheap Like a Birdie

Lovely Little Nest August 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Love the organization! I definitely need to have a summer bin ~ such a good idea! Thanks for sharing :)

Melissa August 2, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Love it! After seeing your post, I am so motivated to finally organize my closets – thanks for the great ideas!

Rachel August 3, 2010 at 2:11 am

Looks great! How did you type on the cardstock though? Sorry if that sounds dumb, but I don't understand how you typed on circular cardstock! :)

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish August 3, 2010 at 2:13 am

Husbands! Lol! Love your post – what is it about a nicely organized place that makes you feel so good on the inside!

Darlene August 3, 2010 at 2:16 am

I love how everything has a home and it's even labeled so they won't get lost along that way!

Pricklybranch Manor August 3, 2010 at 3:22 am

Okay Chris! THis is great! I was just sitting in my orange thinking chair this morning trying to figure out what I could use to organize my pantry and some other areas in the home. I have TONS of baskets and I have actually considered spray painting them but I never thought about spray painting my dollar store totes!

I love how clean, simple, easy to duplicate, and pretty you've made everything! THANK YOU for sharing. I was so blessed with your post today. I can't wait to get started!

Anonymous August 3, 2010 at 4:54 am

You are so funny!!! You are always making me laugh. Thanks for always being so entertaining. :)

LaVonne August 3, 2010 at 6:23 am

Lovin it! :)

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut August 3, 2010 at 11:38 am

OMG….Can you come over to my house PUHLEEEASE! Bring your labels…and organizational skills. STAT!

fiberdoodles August 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Love it! Will you come do mine ;0)

Kristie August 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Oooo! I was just thinking about how I need to reorganize in the laundry room! But really???!!! Spray-painting the plastic bins??? Oh, this opens up a world of possiblities! How did you do that???
(and labels are essential in households with kids or husbands!!!=)

Handy Man, Crafty Woman August 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Love it! I love organized laundry rooms. I have a laundry "closet" but its now organized. Love all the cute little labels.

Kristen August 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Oprah, do you know how much I love you? "No need for alarm…" Thanks for the giggle. Your laundry room looks BEAUTIFUL!!

Melissa Miller August 3, 2010 at 5:58 pm

WOW! Awesome job Chris! :)

Jessica @ Sunny Tuesday August 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm

That is such a cute idea. I have shelving and not cabinets in my laundry room and you have inspired me. I may have another project to add to my to-do list!

A.Co August 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm


Great job – I love the new turquoise bins! Spray paint is the BEST!! (AND I like the one yellow 'change' container, maybe you should leave it, looks good :)

How AMAZING is it that your friend wanted to come do laundry?! YAAAA!!! Haha PERFECT TIMING – I'd be feeling cool too :P

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

Kim August 3, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Completely love your blog and feelliek I am home. I totally love yoru ides and your way of stateing the facts!!! awesome!!!!

Angie August 3, 2010 at 11:06 pm

You are the BEST at making things all crisp, clean, and organized! How much would you charge to come over to Texas and whip me and my house into shape! :) I love your blog!

Brittany August 3, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Oh baby that is a work of ART!! Mines next on the list!

Megan {Honey We're Home} August 4, 2010 at 1:42 am

I love how cute and organized everything is! I'm laughing too b/c I too sometimes (secretly) open the window with the air on- hubby would really disapprove!

Jen @ August 4, 2010 at 5:27 am

Wow – those cupboards are BEAUITUFL!! If I were you, I would be feeling extremely proud of myself!! I am working on a laundry room redo and I hope my cupboards end up being half as cute and organized as yours!!


Angela Cooling August 4, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I now follow you and by the way "AWESOME" blog… I will have to attempt a few of your projects!!!

Check out my blog… I am new to the blog world.

Robin August 4, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Pretty darn impressive!

Dream Mom August 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Very pretty! But the best part is about your friend calling to use your laundry room after it was done. Seriously, how cool was that!

Hopefull August 6, 2010 at 2:34 am

I am doing this tomorrow!!

PLEASE.. can you tell me what is in your Emergency basket??

Momma to Bug n' Bear August 6, 2010 at 3:32 am

I love it! This is so YOU. So cute, clean, organized and simple. Way to go!


Anonymous August 6, 2010 at 6:21 am

Please- I want to know what's in your Emergency basket too?!!


jill August 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm

i linked up to your post here – on my little bitty blog:

thanks for all the tips! love your site!

Kristi August 31, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Perhaps I'm losing my mind, but I could have sworn you had a great organizing/minimizing/simplifying quote posted with this post…. no?

sigh…. perhaps I'm confusing it with something else I saw. If not, would you mind sharing it with me? my e-mail is in my profile.

Your laundry room is beautiful – well done!! October 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Your laundry room is so organized, it makes ME feel pretty darn cool about MYSELF. Job well done!

Samantha October 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm

You have inspired me to organize my laundry room! I knew I needed to, but I am in love with your turquoise bins and labels, that now I have to follow suit. Love your laundry room!

Raych October 29, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I'm totally stealing your ideas. hope you don't mind :) Love the turquoise. Love the labels. Love it love it! PS found your blog from the linky party at Nesting Place. (and now you're on my google reader cuz your laundry room is the bomb dizzle)

onehm October 31, 2010 at 11:11 pm

GORGEOUS! You should feel pretty darn cool~ it looks amazing!

Less Is More December 12, 2010 at 7:18 am

Oh I love this! I have taller canvas bins on the shelves in my laundry room but it makes it hard to find things b/c you can't see in. Hmm. The labels are a great idea. Looks great!

Samantha December 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Love this! Organization Heaven!

Claire May 17, 2012 at 5:30 am

I love your laundry room! I’m so envious now!

Claire May 17, 2012 at 5:34 am

I love your laundry room! I’m so jealous now!

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