And THIS is why I should never throw anything away.

Last month, as I was flipping through one of the parenting magazines I get, I saw a great ad. I’m pretty sure it was advertising a washer and dryer, and it was two full pages. The left-hand page showed a woman’s face and the words, “I think my laundry breeds on its own.”

Looking at that ad, I thought, “I love that! I should tear it out and . . .” That’s where I got stuck. I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I just knew I liked it. Kind of wished I still had the giant bulletin board from my teenage bedroom.

For some reason, I don’t think Mark would go for that. Maybe if I could find a locker somewhere?

Today, Kelly is hosting a carnival called Show Us Where You Live, and this week’s topic is playrooms, bonus rooms and/or laundry rooms. Annalyn’s room is sometimes used as a play room (although, so is the living room), but I didn’t think about it in time to take pictures. So, the laundry room it is.

Of course, our laundry room is also known as our garage, so I had this brilliant idea. I could scan that ad and use it as a beautiful graphic for this post! Aha!

Too bad that in my half-hearted attempt to prevent further cluttering of my house, I’ve committed to throwing away magazines the second I finish reading them.

Hmm.

Guess that means I have to show you my “laundry room” now. Okay, here goes . . .

I’m not sure why we have three gallons of bleach on that shelf. Maybe it was on sale? Three gallons for the price of two? I’m not sure. The things you discover when taking photos of your house!

Also, you may notice that to the left of the washer is a big, cement sink. (Or is it concrete? I’m too lazy to look it up right now, so let the record reflect that I do know there’s a difference, even if I can’t remember what it is.) That’s the sink that occasionally overflows, flooding the garage.

But back to the laundry. What’s that? You’re wondering where the laundry is? Aside from the large pile of t-shirts on top of the dryer? Well, if you’ll turn to your right, you’ll see . . .

Here it is. It’s not always quite so out of control. I promise! Sometimes (about every other week), Mark decides that it’s time to fold up our clothes, and I decide to put Annalyn’s clothes back into her closet. And it’s all clean and tidy. But normally, here’s what you’ll find in our laundry area . . .

And that’s all the laundry room I can show you today. Because, really, the rest of it looks a whole lot like a garage. We’ll save that for another day!

What kind of laundry room do you have? Check out others, along with fun playrooms and bonus rooms, at Kelly’s Korner.

8 Comments And THIS is why I should never throw anything away.

  1. Andrea June 19, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    I redid my laundry room closet about a year ago, and actually got some organization going on! I bought two of the 2-drawer shelf-type thingies at Walmart and put them together into a stack of 4. I bought a new stackable HE washer and dryer to give me more room, so they are stacked. I assigned the top drawer and top of the stacker to hold my laundry supplies and wastebasket for lint, the 2nd drawer is for reds, the 3rd for whites, and the 4th for jeans/colors. This is only for the clothes of my 3 boys, mind you, but I can easily see when the drawers are full, and each drawer is just about a full load's worth. I keep mine and Jeremy's clothes in a hamper in our bathroom, so it's not as easy, but I love how my laundry room is set up now. I'll take a pic later. :)

  2. leslie ruth June 19, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I actually have three, count 'em, three various bulletin boards where I post random cards, pictures, inspiring pages from magazines {some of what my ideal weight looks like, just ignore the dart marks in those} and such. Oh, actually, four if you count the giant one that holds all the Christmas photo cards we got from folks.

    The teen in me refuses to die.

  3. ben and erin June 19, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    now why couldn't i see that when i came over?! i would've felt a whole lot better about my piles of laundry! :-)

  4. MamaVigil June 19, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I am so glad to know i am not the only mama who leaves the laundry out for a while before putting it away – Nice post!

  5. Amy Wright June 20, 2009 at 1:13 am

    First, I feel like I should welcome myself back.

    Our laundry room is also our garage, and because it's a florida garage, it's bloody hot and occasionally inhabited by bugs, so the clothes don't stay out there any longer than they have to! We just keep the piles in our bedrooms, or on the living room floor. :)

  6. Brenda June 20, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Our washer and dryer are located in the garage also. Your walls are so nice and white and clean looking. The previous owners of our house painted the laundry area yellow and now years later it's dirty, won't come clean, and we never think to paint it. How embarrassing that I've just admitted that. I'm good at folding and putting laundry away the same day, but I don't have a toddler or a full-time job outside of the home. So you have legit reasons for the piles in my book! :)

  7. Kim H. June 20, 2009 at 3:31 am

    Haven't been over in a while — with the move and all I've been behind on visiting blogs.

    Funny thing about your laundry room — I guess mine is now half in/half out — when hubs went to put the washer/dryer next to the other they wouldn't fit in the space allocated as the "laundry room" so the dryer sits outside the door in the garage. I guess it works. It's not pretty. It's not very functional yet. But I'll get there — at least I can get wash done — and I'm still looking for somewhere real special to hang my "I hate laundry" plaque! :)

  8. James June 20, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    We have vision boards which are just glorified teenage bulletin boards, but maybe if you present it in that way to Mark he would be willing to let you have one. We post anything on our vision boards that we think is nice or might affect our lives or that we just need to see on a daily basis…like a clean, organized laundry room. For us…a laundry room that we don't have to insert quarters into.

    Anyway, just an idea.

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