It’s time to get serious! I’m for real this time. After allocating funds for the surprise roof repair, a lot of projects went on the back burner. The WAY back burner. Like that one little, tiny burner that’s in the back corner of the stove that you never use because it’s A) a small burner and B) it’s super far away. Who would choose to use the blatantly inferior burner? Yeah, they’re on that burner.
So I am left, once again, to forge ahead on projects that require $0-$50 worth of supplies. There aren’t very many rooms that can be overhauled on such a restricted budget, so I am limited to closets, sheds and (drum roll…) LAUNDRY SPACES!
I won’t dignify the area in which I do laundry with the title of “room,” as it is a “zone,” “hall,” “niche,” “space.” It is the stubby galley kitchen of laundry rooms. Because it is merely a chunk of space with a washer and drying, I must make it as efficient as possible. At this point I can do laundry there…and that’s it. I don’t hang or fold clothes, I don’t match up socks and I sure as heck don’t iron. (Really though, even if my laundry room was the size of a ballroom, I probably still wouldn’t iron).
My plans are simple as far as what to remove (everything but the washer and dryer). The storage that will be filling such precious space, however, calls for the biggest thinking cap I own (which oddly enough, is usually also on the way back burner).
The plan is to basically undo everything that the arrows are pointing out. I plan to sift through the garage and random closets to find scraps that the sellers left behind. There are several pieces of scrap wood that I intend to make into open shelves. I understand what the sellers were thinking when they installed this cabinet; It’s big so it holds a lot, and it has doors to hide the ugliness that sits within. In theory those are great ideas. But those are the exact reasons that also make it a bad choice; It’s big so it takes up room that could be used more practically, and it has doors so you can just toss any old tool, bottle, errant sock, rogue hairbrush or random other item that needs to be tucked away, which then creates a junk cabinet as opposed to just a junk drawer. If you don’t believe me, then please, check-out my junk cabinet.
Now that you’ve seen the shame that is my laundry room, I am just going to jump right in. Right now. Tonight. 11/15/11 at 5:30 p.m. I will start by removing the black hole cabinet and unused broom hooks. Then comes painting. Honestly, the real work will start tomorrow, once it’s time to turn my scrap wood into functional shelving. Good thing there’s so much to do beforehand, it allows some time to warm up that back burner.