Simple Laundry Room Organization

 
We made a few updates to our laundry room making it more efficient and tidy! A laundry space that is easy to work in makes the mundane task so much more enjoyable. Here is a look at how the laundry room appeared before we moved in:

We sold the washer and dryer that came with the house and brought ours with us. 

My husband installed these simple shelves above where I store and fill all my excess wicker baskets. When my husband was working from home due to the pandemic, he moved the printer into the laundry room so that he could access it easier from where he worked. It's not my favorite but I have gotten used to it! And I am learning to embrace functional over style a little better these days (hello three kids and a smallish house!).

The plug ins for the washer and dryer limit to where they can be put so we are stuck with having them on each side of the wall. We put a small shelf in between for holding supplies and our large photo printer.

We also have had humidity and mold issues in the early fall when the weather is still warm but the rain begins to return. Because of that we have switched to metal baskets instead of wicker ones for enclosed or tight spaces.

One of my favorite features is the simple and condensed everyday cleaners we use. We keep all of our cleaning supplies and other laundry stuff in the drawers beneath the washer. But our detergent and all purpose house cleaner gets kept on top. We also have powder detergent, vinegar, and a tray of extra inserts for cloth diapering.

I labeled all our cleaning bottles and WOAH. So happy. Who knew joy could come from such the smallest of things? I use this label maker and spray bottles with silicone boots are from Grove Collaborative.

A recent new find are these awesome plastic easy to pour bottles. I like that they are short so they can fit better than my usual giant bottle of vinegar. I also use them to store house paint. I then pour the paint into a leftover single serving yogurt container to paint. No messy paint cans to deal with. GAME CHANGER.

A set of hooks holds our kids extra stuff that I don't need in the entryway everyday. They are the occasional use stuff but I don't want to go upstairs each time I need them things!

Behind the door stores those awkwardly big things I need a place for.

We also hang our vacuum in here, store our paper shredder, have one small laundry basket (I finally realized I didn't need a gigantic one!), and our diaper pail (with two kids in cloth diapers, we decided it was easier to bring one dirty diaper downstairs instead of bringing down the giant gross bag of diapers when it got full. And then into the wash it goes).


I don't love doing laundry but I sure do love an efficient laundry room! These simple changes have made a huge difference in my everyday laundry doing life. :)
 



Little Reminders: Family Values

I got the idea from Maggie to write out my family values and the fruits of the spirit to put up near the kitchen sink. Then whenever I was doing the dishes I could look up and be reminded. In a moment where I was feeling overwhelmed, these small and simple reminders helped me refocus my heart.

 

I have since taken them down and taped them in my journal. I find once time has passed it is good to refresh the space or make room for new reminders down the road. But I love having them in my journal as a physical reminder of these words as well as the progress I have made in placing these values on my heart.



Our Whimsical And Slightly Spooky Fall Home Decor

 

Fall is here and it truly is a glorious season. All the fall leaves, warm drinks, cozy scarves...you know the drill! ;) I sprinkled a little fall decor around our house and am sharing the details today.

The decor is kid friendly but still mom approved. It is whimsical and happy with just a touch of spooky. As my seasons of life transition, I find that I still love to decorate but am doing so in different ways. Being able to care for my home in a creative way continues to bring me to life. But with a little less fuss, I am able to keep my sanity while caring for my young children. 

This year I really tried to not force myself to do anything. When the desire arose, I went ahead and grabbed our fall bin from the shed and pulled it out with my kids. I let them look and then sent them off to nap. I did all the puttering and hanging on my own and then let them help me place a few pumpkins when they woke up. I am still highly type-A, trying to not be a perfectionist - perfectionist, but want my kids to have a chance to be creative with me as well. It is a constant balance and letting go but I continue to learn and grow through it all!

I recently painted our front door white and am IN LOVE. I will share more details soon. But it really makes the decor pop and I am so happy with it.

All the decor is from years past. The pumpkins from our October wedding and paper bats I cut out when we still lived in California and before we had kids. I have purged a bit - so these few special things I have held on to over the years means a lot and bring back some special memories.

I did get some seasonal colored tiles for my Letterfolk tile mat which is so fun!

I love just a simple ribbon hanging from a wreath. If your wreath is asking for just a little more flare, try adding a simple ribbon!

Inside I decorated our living room shelves with a few pumpkins and some fireplace garlands.

I have had the star garland up since the summer and am still happy with it here. And I bought this white felt garland off of Etsy also this summer and have loved the simple pop of white and texture it gives. For fall, a simple strand of wood beads was added.

In our dining room I have a little pumpkin and more bats making the space a little special and festive.

This skeleton bride and groom I got on our honeymoon in Cancun. It continues to bring a smile to my face. I put it in our bedroom to not scare our children. But I also think they are kind of romantic!? Ha!

It has been so fun to celebrate holidays with my kids as well as have a festive background for our day to day. I hope that they will treasure these seasonal traditions as much as I do.

Cute staged photo...

...real life!

And we did this cute tree craft recently that I felt was noteworthy.


Happy fall friends! I hope it is a cozy one!