“In every job that must be done there is an element of fun”

The laundry room.

My arch nemesis.

It’s the room in our house that seems to collect everything that doesn’t have a “home”…it’s the designated place for everything that doesn’t have a designated place.  It’s a very small room that doubles as our primary storage closet in our little home that seriously lacks storage space.  So clutter builds up…things get shoved in and piled up…it’s bad.

I’m ashamed to admit that this is the reality of what our laundry room often looks like:

It’s so bad.  Horrible.  My least favorite space in our house.

And yet, I need to be able to use this room.  My family insists on wearing clothes every day, so I need to be able to wash clothes every day or else laundry gets out of control.  And it often does.  Because I hate this room.  And I hate doing laundry.  So doing laundry in this room is just plain miserable.

I finally got to the point last week that I couldn’t even get to the washing machine without crawling over piles of stuff and moving things out of the way.  Something had to change.  I knew I had to do some major work in this space (which is one of the reasons I’ve procrastinated it so long…I knew it would be a lot of work and a pain in the booty). But enough was enough…no more procrastinating.  The laundry room makeover HAD to be done!

But the task was a bit overwhelming.  There is no way everything that was stuffed into that room would fit back in and still be a functional space.  And I had a very limited budget (like $20 limited).

I had to get creative.  And I had to purge.  A lot.

It took all week, but I finally have a clean and organized laundry room!

Ahhhh….soooo much better!

Here’s what I did to get there:

  • I pulled EVERYTHING out.  every. thing.  It seriously FILLED my dining room and kitchen.  It was ridiculous.
  • I threw out and got rid of a LOT of stuff.  Basically, if it had been sitting in there collecting dust for like 3 years and we never used it, it was gone.  If it served no function or purpose, if I didn’t love it, or if it was broken or otherwise unusable…it was gone.  I only put things back into that room that I knew we would use.
  • I took down most of the existing shelving and moved it around. I moved all shelving onto the one wall above the washer and dryer. (Before, there was shelving on every wall…it was ok, but made the room feel even smaller and more cluttered than it already was.  I just moved the shelves around so that it looked a little less chaotic. I didn’t lose any shelving space…just organized it differently.) Then I used a tension rod I already had from a previous project and hung a little “curtain” in front of the top shelves to give it a nice, clean look above the washer and dryer. (The curtain was made from a half-panel of an old shower curtain that I saved for some reason. I may replace it with a different fabric if I find one I love…but this was free, so it works 😉 ).  And it’s super easy to slide and get to anything I need on the shelves.
    (I realized in cleaning out this room that I had a bit of a laundry detergent hoarding problem going on, as you can see by all the All on that shelf…I counted 13 of them!…lol.  Lots of coupons and great sales lately…so I have enough laundry detergent now to last me quite a while.  I love couponing…but that’s another post for another day.)
  • I painted the walls.  The walls had not been painted…EVER.  And they were in BAD shape.  So I filled all the (many) holes all over the walls and put on a coat of primer and then topped it off with a nice, crisp coat of white paint.  I’m really loving white paint lately…it’s just so bright and clean. (This step of the process was a pain because of the limited space I had to move around in…especially when trying to paint beside and behind the washer and dryer…which is why I never ever painted that room…and why it probably will not get painted again for a VERY long time 😉 ).
  • I cleaned everything.  (It is so gross how much gunk builds up under and behind that dryer….so gross…just so gross).
  • I painted and hung up a peg board.  This was the only thing I spent money on (the board itself was only $6, and then I purchased a pack of assorted peg hooks for about $8…so $14 is all I spent on this whole project).  I’ve been wanting a peg board for a long time…I just like them, and I had found all sorts of cool ideas of ways to use them on Pinterest. (I love Pinterest).  We don’t have a garage, but I think if I ever had a garage I would probably have at least one wall be a solid peg board.  Anyway…I love how my peg board turned out and how it allows me to organize all my random little things. (And I can change them around and add more buckets and containers if I need to…I love it!)
    peg board(This is on the tiny wall directly opposite of the washer and dryer)
    I painted a section of the peg board blue (just because) and mounted it to the wall using some scrap wood I had, and screwed it into the studs. (The wood pieces behind it allow for the hooks and brackets to go in the holes without scraping up the wall behind it). This was another step of this whole process that was a pain…but in cleaning up I found a stud finder and laser level I didn’t know I had (it was like Christmas all over again, lol!)…so I used those and that helped the process 😉 ).mason jars to organizeThe set of brackets and hooks I purchased included two “shelf brackets”…so I used an old fence board as a makeshift shelf, and then sorted some of my supplies into mason jars and stuck them on the shelf.  (I love using mason jars…they have so many wonderful functions! But that’s a whole other blog post too 😉 )
  • And then…to finish it off…I made some art!

    And I used a quote that I love from Mary Poppins: “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun”…because finding that element of fun when doing laundry is a little challenging for me (because, like I said, I hate doing laundry 😉 ). But now with my nice and organized laundry space, maybe I’ll be able to find a little more fun in this job that must be done 😉 .

Mary Poppins laundry room artwork

I made my large laundry room artwork using watercolors and a Sharpie marker (what would I ever do without Sharpies?!).

Unlike Mary Poppins, it’s not practically perfect in every way…but I like it 🙂

I also made a smaller version and used it to help me create a digital version of the same art…a version to share!

So if you’d like to print your own Mary Poppins art, just click below on the size and version that you would like! (*It is free for personal use only…please do not sell or use it for profit…thanks!)

MaryPoppinsQuote

Mary Poppins Quote (Original)
{Click below on the size you want to go to the PDF file}
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8×10

MaryPoppinsQuote_color

Mary Poppins Quote – Full Color
{Click below on the size you want to go to the PDF file}
5×7
8×10

MaryPoppinsQuote_blackandwhite

Mary Poppins Quote – Black & White
{Click below on the size you want to go to the PDF file}
5×7
8×10

Oh, and that cute little printable hanging above my dryer?….

I found that little one on Pinterest over a year ago.  You can print your own over here: http://apopofpretty.com/giant-laundry-room-sign-tutorial-endless-love-laundry-free-printable/ 

I am already loving my “new” laundry room.  Doing laundry, although still not my favorite thing to do, is not nearly as miserable. And I can find everything I need very quickly without having to dig and make a mess in the process.  Now to tackle our tiny hall closet….if I can organize the nightmare laundry room, surely I can handle that black hole in the hallway 😉

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23 thoughts on ““In every job that must be done there is an element of fun”

  1. Julie Little July 22, 2016 at 10:31 pm Reply

    This was my absolute favorite movie as a child. I love, love, love this print. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Nila January 17, 2016 at 8:18 am Reply

    What a transformation. Kudos to you. Yes laundry is just the worst task, but we do need to have clean clothes, towels, linens, etc.
    Your creativity and common sense shines. Enjoyed your article very much and have given me incentive to do the same.

  3. doodle76 September 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm Reply

    THANK you very much for sharing this beautiful Mary Poppins quote poster! Lovely!

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  5. Kathleen August 5, 2015 at 10:55 am Reply

    Found you through Pinterest. Thank you for the printables. My middle one loves Mary Poppins and this will be so fun to hang in the playroom.

  6. Shauna June 10, 2015 at 4:36 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing your darling Mary Poppins drawing! I found it though pinterest. I recently wrote a blog post and linked it back to here. hope you don’t mind! 🙂
    http://www.foxberryphoto.com/?p=556

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  8. aaronandher February 21, 2015 at 3:01 pm Reply

    Adorable printables! Thank you.

  9. Lynn February 19, 2015 at 11:51 am Reply

    Jenn, you should be so proud of yourself. Great job! Everything looks so “Spit Spot”. Thanks for sharing your Mary Poppins picture.

  10. Irene January 29, 2015 at 9:13 am Reply

    THank you for the printable. Your laundry room looks really nice

  11. joyhaynes January 27, 2015 at 7:15 am Reply

    I love this! Printing it for my home office and office office. 🙂 Thank you!

  12. trish January 19, 2015 at 8:45 am Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing your art work!! This movie is so dear to me and I will love having this hanging in my home! ♥

    • Jennifer Tucker January 27, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      Yay!! Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like the print!! 🙂

  13. ST December 30, 2014 at 5:38 am Reply

    Thank you for this printable! I will print it out and put it on my desk at work.

  14. Luba October 7, 2014 at 9:56 pm Reply

    Thank you for the Mary Poppins drawing! Printed one copy for home and another for the office. Thanks so much!!!

    • Jennifer Tucker October 10, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Yay!! I’m so glad you like it!! Enjoy!! 🙂

  15. Pilar June 18, 2014 at 5:50 am Reply

    Thank so much, I’m going to print ,frame your printable and I’ll hang it on my studio!♥

  16. Sandra June 18, 2014 at 5:42 am Reply

    Oh, I just LOVE your wall art! It’s so cheerful and a real inspiration.
    Perhaps we could do a project together eventually…
    ♡ Sandra

  17. Ashley Allen April 27, 2014 at 7:15 pm Reply

    Jennifer, Thank you so much for the printable! I have been looking for one to put on my desk at work. I couldn’t be more excited! You did a great job on it, I wish I had your talent!

  18. loveandkate April 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm Reply

    Hi! Thank you so much for this super cute printable! And I have to tell you, I found this via Pinterest, and while looking through this post noticed your Houston County car tag — I’m from Warner Robins originally! How crazy is that?! The internet is a small world after all. 🙂 Thanks again for the wonderful print! Your laundry room looks great! LOVE.

    • Jennifer Tucker April 16, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you so much!! And that is cool…a small world indeed! I grew up a military kid, but we moved here in 1996 and have been in the Warner Robins/Bonaire area ever since 🙂

    • loveandkate April 23, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      I just missed you! I graduated from WRHS in 1995. 🙂 It was a great place to grow up! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter!

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