Monday, April 02, 2007

Spring Cleaning: Laundry Room

BeforeI cleaned the laundry room last week. This was a tough room to work on. First of all, this room serves as a combination of laundry, pantry, storage and general catch-all. Don't know where to put it? Throw it in the laundry room! This results in a very cluttered and generally crowded and messy room.

Second, I hadn't ever really done much more than general cleaning in here before. The windows, walls and blinds were in sorry need of deep-cleaning. These before pictures don't show the worst of this clutter, especially since the best shot turned out way dark. But, I'll be glad to tell you all about it!
BeforeI probably don't need to tell you that this room took me a full day to complete. :-) I was exhausted after tackling this. Here's a general list of what all I did:
  • washed windows
  • washed blinds
  • scrubbed baseboards, walls, window frames, doors and door frames
  • moved washer and dryer and cleaned underneath the best I could-you do not want to know what I found under there!
  • cleaned off the freezer, washer, dryer and water heater
  • cleaned all shelves and counter spaces
  • reorganized pantry, cleaning supplies and all other variety of extra supplies I store in there
  • reorganized tools and gardening supplies
  • swept cobwebs
  • put all clean clothes away!
  • swept and scrubbed the floor
AfterI did decide to leave the blinds up on the high windows. It lets so much more light in that way and since they are high, no one can see inside. Seeing this room sparkle makes me want to decorate a little with some bright curtains! I'll have to see what I can come up with.
AfterIt looks weird to have a big bucket of laundry soap on top of the freezer, but since I still do some part-time child care, I prefer to have an open bucket out of reach. This one is not even half-full, so it's not that heavy. I love how the pantry looks now that it is freshly organized.
AfterMy husband was impressed with his neat shelf of tools and equipment. We do have a shed for most of this stuff, but the smaller tools that he uses are just handier to keep in the house for easy access. The weed-eater and hedge trimmer are kept inside so they are plugged in and charged.:-)

So far, I've done the laundry room, kitchen, living room, dining room and hallway. Left to clean are the bathroom, bedroom and office. (I'm glad I tackled the worst rooms first!)I definitely am on the home-stretch here-if I can just keep going!


thehomespunheart said...

GREAT job! Looks beautiful! Oh my, there is no way in creation, I would post a photo of what was under my washer and dryer! Yikes! But, I'm so very glad that it is now GONE! :) Thanks for the great before/after pix!

Diane said...

Mary Ann, You've accomplished so much...I'm inspired! Keep up the good work! Diane