My laundry room was in desperate need of help. It's not a large room but has ample space. It's also the mudroom and the main way we enter our house from the garage. It quickly gets cluttered with shoes, jackets, and backpacks along with all of the laundry. One of the biggest issues was the space next to the washer. No matter how many times I cleaned out that space it always went back to this.
So I began seaching Pinterest for laundry room ideas. I came across all these shelving units with baskets in the. Some were extremely huge and others were too complicated and expensive to make. So I came up with my own version that was easy and fairly inexpensive.
I purchased a wire shelving rack that went together very easily. I then purchased 6 clothes baskets...1 for each family member. I also put a basket on the top for towels. I created name labels for each family member using scrapbooking paper and laminated them. I attached them to the shelving unit with zip ties. There is no longer a hamper in the bathroom, so each person is now responsible for putting their dirty clothes in their basket. Here's what that side of the room looks like now.
Another inexpensive change that I made was on the countertop. It was this ugly 1970's yellow.
So I purchased a roll of contac shelf paper in a neutral color and covered the counter. It looks like it belongs in the room now.
One of the other trouble spots in the room was the shoe bench. It's this wooden bench that my mom gave me a long time ago. It has storage space in it and is great for storing shoes. It was also a great place for the kids to dump their stuff instead of putting it away.
I decided to move it around the corner to the dining room and free up some space in the mudroom. We'll still use it for shoe storage but hopefully it won't be so cluttered. In it's place I put a large basket for flip flops & slides. I also added a single chair that can be used if someone needs to sit down to take off shoes. It also keeps extra dining chairs close by for when we have company without cluttering up the dining room when they're not needed.
The final area of the mudroom/laundry room is for backpacks. I used this space for another extra dining chair as well.
So there is my laundry room/ mudroom make-over. The biggest expense was the shelving unit. It was $25. I also purchased 6 new laundry baskets for $3 each. The contac paper for the counter was $2. That brings the total cost to $45. I do want to add some artwork and sayings to the walls, but that will come later.