You may remember that I am again participating in Joshua Becker’s online course Uncluttered. I got off to a late start this time around. However, I was able to make up for lost time last weekend by decluttering and tidying the living room in an epic whirlwind cleaning event. Steve and I also sorted through and ruthlessly pruned our wardrobes, then loaded all the donations into the car to immediately take to the donation center.
The focus of last week’s Uncluttered course was the kitchen. Our kitchen is still in good shape from our last round of decluttering, so instead I focused on the adjacent laundry room. Back in June, our laundry room looked like this:
Admittedly, we have done some tidying since that picture was taken. However, the room still needed a lot of work. I used my bullet journal to make a list of what needed to be done, and to give me the satisfaction of checking off each item as it was completed!
First, I dragged everything out of the laundry room (except the washer and dryer of course) and into the kitchen where I could sort through it better. We put all the laundry away and threw out a bunch of dried-out containers of various household products. As it turns out, a lot of the stuff that we were storing in the laundry room was outdoor equipment – things like gardening tools, insect spray, weed killer, etc. that would get swallowed up in our outdoor storage shed. However, we recently purchased a Rubbermaid deck box for our tiny back deck, so I was able to relocate all those little items into the deck box.
Next, I scrubbed all the baseboards and the floor, and even part of the walls. Then I replaced the handful of things that I planned to keep in the laundry room: some brooms and mops, a couple of cans of paint, and a can of lantern fluid. And here is the result:
As you can see, Lizzy approves!
Ironically, the laundry room is now the cleanest room in the house. (By the way, the bar leaning against the dryer is to keep the door securely closed while the dryer runs. The floor is uneven and the door tends to pop open otherwise. Low-tech solution sure, but it works.)
Now, I have a wonderfully clean place to laundry. Aaahhhhhhh!