In the throes of….ummm… I don’t really know

I sit here typing this with aching shoulders. I feel like I’ve been at the gym. But really I am a victim of (not-so) Extreme Makeover, Mary Edition. The perp too, I guess. I got some lame-brained idea that all I need for a happy life is an organized laundry room.

One side of the room has a nice bank of cabinets, but the other side, til yesterday, consisted of a single upper cabinet and a hanging rod over the washer and dryer. It was OK, but it could be so much better.

Yesterday morning I ran to Home Depot and picked up the components for a wire shelving system along that whole side of the room. I now have three 8-foot wire shelves over the washer/dryer, along with my old hanging rod. I’m using the additional shelving to organize the homeschooling supplies that had exploded all over the counter on the other side of the room.

The little cabinet that had been over the washer is now in my bathroom over the toilet for additional storage in there. Theoretically this will net me a clean counter in the laundry room AND a clean counter in the bathroom. Since I am still in the throes of organizing, the counters are still hard to spot. But I am hoping that tomorrow I will be successful in the quest to dig everything out.

Along with all this, I also installed a tiny shelf in my kitchen cupboard that is perfect for my tiny Ethiopian coffee cups. I installed three new shoe shelves for my 12, 9 and 5 year olds. AND I installed new parts on the closet slider doors in their room to keep their bypass closet doors from continually falling off the track.

My husband’s cordless screwdriver has gotten a heavy workout today, as have my shoulder muscles. I love looking at house plans and daydreaming about my ‘perfect’ dream-house. But when it comes right down to it, there is something hugely satisfying about making what I have work better.

I hope to post pictures soon.

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  1. Wow, Mary…. I can’t wait to see the photos! I am rather like you, I suspect. I read house plans for fun, and dream, and then I go and get out the saws and the wood and the drills and try to make stuff work here. My house is exploding. Storage is a major problem!!!

  2. Way to go! Doesn’t it give you such a sense of accomplishment to tackle something like that and got it done?!!! Have fun organizing!

  3. My house is always in the middle of an explosion because just when I think I have it organized I change my mind…can you imagine what it will be like when we buy this house and I can start remodelling? We are waiting until after the first of the year to start our contract…so for now while we rent I can only unpack. I can’t imagine the amount of homeschooling supplies you have…people say I have too much.

  4. I have been wondering how you keep shoes straight. Any wisdom you can share would be greatly appreciated! I have three boys and in need of ways to organize their shoes. They don’t have many — maybe three pairs each.

    Your organization is inspiring me . . .

  5. Oooo, I love doing household organizing like that. GReat work. 🙂

  6. Great job! Major re-organization project = stress reduction?? Yeah, I understand. I do the same thing = ). You got a great upper-body workout too!

    Now, if you show pictures, I’ll probably come down with a case of Laundry Room Envy (I do laundry in the irreparably filthy basement of our very old house, so I am very susceptible), but that’s ok. Show it off!

  7. Ah, you are a girl after my own heart.

    I love organization projects! My hubby invariably groans when I bring up my idea for another project, but I LOVE the feeling of making something neat and orderly, and having a place to put everything so it STAYS neat and orderly (in my dreams, anyway….). [:-)

    You go, girl! Looking forward to seeing pix.

    Love, Rachel

  8. Why is it that getting organized feels so good? It just does. Plus the way you do it, it counts as a work out! Double points. Now come do some of that stuff at my house.

  9. I want to see pictures of your shoe shelves. I have a laundry room, but all of our shoes are outside the door on the garage steps. I have to rearranged them every week or so, or they take over and start getting thrown all over the place. I’d really love to put them in the laundry room… but I just have cabinets above the washer/dryer…. so please share how you made yours, so I can get some ideas! 🙂

  10. Just remember, in a big organizational craze, that it gets worse before it gets better! Way to go, Mary!

  11. You go girl! Can’t wait to see pics!

  12. Photos!!!! I need photos!

    I have a bare plain vanilla laundry room that is in desperate need of a makeover.

    Inspire me with photos and I will love you forever…. well I already do….. but much more!

  13. expectingamiracle says:

    Sounds like some good progress!

  14. seriously mary – if you had not chosen to be a super mom…you’d be on the cover of forbes. 🙂