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Back Burner Laundry Room

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.

As you can see a cabinet this large is unnecessary and even harmful, because it brings out the lazy ass in the whole family.

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.


About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

2 responses »

  1. I commend you on trying to fix up the laundry room. We totally ignored it when we were little….yes, because it was based on laundry, and what kid gives a crap about that? But also because there was really nothing interesting about it. It didn’t even make sense to me when I was young…it just seemed cramped and useless.

  2. I ignore it for the same reasons. It’s right in the middle of my kitchen and family room which are such high traffic areas that I can’t have a dull laundry cave just uglying up the joint.


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