Laundry Room Organization + GIVEAWAY


I think I might have a small obsession with laundry room makeovers. This is like the 4th one on this blog in the past 4 years: our first home, second home, my neighbor’s, and now this one…my brother’s house.

His family just moved into a brand new home and they wanted to get a couple rooms organized, especially the laundry room. With two young kids, they use this room more often than they’d like. This little niche seemed like the perfect place to add some organizational storage.

laundry room beforeAnd here’s what it looks like now!
Hubba hubba, right?

closetmaid laundry roomI actually decided to use a ClosetMaid SuiteSymphony™ 25 inch Starter Kit organizer for this space, something that would normally be used in a reach-in closet. I popped on their website and actually got to design the layout once I input the measurements of my space in their ClosetMaid® Easy-to-Use on-line Design Tool.

closetmaid was very helpful in showing several finishes and configurations, plus it created my SuiteSymphony™ shopping list right there!

closetmaid customize design


The entire system took about 3 hours to install, including all 4 drawers. Much faster than I anticipated! And now they have so much additional storage in their laundry room! Loving those adjustable shelves behind the cabinet doors.laundry room organizationI opted for 2 large drawers and 2 smaller drawers towards the bottom. Great place to store clean towels and blankets.

organization laundry roomPlus now they can even store their tools and other miscellaneous items in here. And don’t you love this Natural Gray finish? It looks so dreamy against the new blue color I painted on the walls.

closetmaid laundry room organization

natural gray closetmaid

closetmaid natural grayNow I still need to add the side shelves and some rods to either side of this closet unit to really finish the space, but I needed a certain metal saw to cut the metal rods. And there’s still a whole other side of the laundry room you guys need to see! We’re building a hamper storage unit with countertop so stay tuned for that tutorial!

But can you believe this ClosetMaid before & after?
Doesn’t even feel like the same space!

laundry room before and after

So one lucky reader is going to win one
ClosetMaid® SuiteSymphony™ 16 inch Starter Kit Organizer in Natural Gray.
To enter, just tell me where you would like more organization!



And stay tuned for the rest of this laundry room makeover!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ClosetMaid via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.


Breakfast Room + House Flow

I think this is the last post I have with photos/projects from the old house, crazy. But I guess we’ve been out of the house now for a month already so it’s time to move on.

So I showed you guys my butler’s pantry a few months back, but it didn’t really give you guys a wide angle shot of our breakfast room and a peek into how the house really flowed. Today I thought I would give you that glimpse into our “old” home. 

painted butlers pantryI absolutely loved the table in our old breakfast room. I purchased it from Value City Furniture when we first moved into this home. It was extremely cheap, but very sturdy. Plus the table extended to 108 inches which I totally loved for entertaining. Let’s just hope this baby fits in the new house.

butler's pantry breakfast roomThe end chairs are from World Market and unfortunately WM no longer sells them. I know, bummer. The chairs were my first major purchase for the last place and the charcoal blue color actually set the tone for the entire house.

breakfast room chairsThe breakfast room opened up to our bright white kitchen. My favorite part of that space? The huge kitchen island that comfortably fit 4 chairs. 

butlers pantry breakfast roomAnd I have to admit, we only used our breakfast room a handful of times. 99% of meals were at the kitchen island with Ben & Ellie sitting and me standing on the other side (yeah, I  know there were 2 other chairs available, but for some reason I like to stand when I eat. Anyone else?).

white kitchen subway tileMy kitchen command center was next to our pantry, coat closet, and the small hallway that lead to our laundry room and powder room. Yeah, it annoyed me how many doors were just around that corner. And I had always planned to make a platter wall rack on that bare wall to the left of the fridge. Never got around to that one. Whoops.

kitchen tour planning centerFrom the kitchen you stare into the sun room and family room. It was kind of weird having 2 large sitting room-type areas right next to each other (and the formal living room was around the corner). No one needs that many places to sit… well, unless you’re the Duggar family.

sun room breakfast room view

sun room makeoverAnd while I did love the sun room and staring out into our woods, the family room was where we spent most of our time.

family roomHere you can see how it looks back to the breakfast room and kitchen area.

family room kitchen makeover

family room makeoverThe family room opened up to our entryway foyer. Still love that blue front door; might need to implement that in the next house as well.

entry foyer makeoverThe French doors to the left lead to our living room, and across the hall (kind of behind that cream buffet wall) was our dining room. Still notice a lot of blue, don’t you? I told you those breakfast room chairs set the color scheme for my house.

dining room makeoverSo I did love the flow of our last home, but it was too big for us. Great for entertaining, but a pain to clean for a family of 3. And I definitely learned that you don’t have to buy a big house to be happy. We’re excited to downsize and get that cozy feeling back.

Now if they would just start building the next house…
We’re next on the list to dig the hole for our foundation. Yes, finally.

new homesiteI have SO MUCH to show you guys in the next two weeks:

newly painted nightstands
• OPI paint project
my first Plutonium spray paint project
an IKEA hack dresser

Can you tell it’s painting season for me?