the least glamorous makeover ever.

Say hello to my least favorite room in the house.  
This is the before of my laundry/pantry/storage/mud room.

This is the room where everything lands.  I mean just look at it...there are toys, shoes, outdoor stuff, swimming stuff, paint, crock pots, linens, vacuums, etc...it never ends.  
It made me and my "must be organized and clutter free" self crazy.  And this room was in the way of my plan to get a sewing "room".  But more on that in another post. 

For now...this needed to be tackled.  And I excitedly did it for about $30. 
Ahhhh....don't those photos just make you breath better?  Or is that just my crazy?  I went through every nook and crazy cranny and purged purged purged.
My rule for organizing/sorting is that I only keep things that are useful or loved. Stuff takes time to take care of it and I have better things to do with my time than care for stuff that I don't love or need. 

About $15 went into making my new coat rack...since we no longer have a hall closet(more on that later).  I bought a piece of wood and some clearance knobs at Anthropologie...some paint and screws later and you have a happy coat home.  I also turned the shelf in the first photo on its side and stacked them to make shoe cubbies...we'll keep mittens/gloves/scarves in that basket in cold weather.
I love this...and all its imperfect randomness...
Then, without measuring, I grabbed some fabrics from my stash and made a cute curtain. :)  Anything goes in this kind of room...right?
I added a little rug to catch dirty shoes...the boys jackets and safety gear hang on hooks that they can reach.
Then I made this little bulletin board to help fill that space and cover up the breaker box.  You can see a tutorial over at Lemon Tree Creations.
But my very favorite part?  (and this is where you see just how nerdy i am)...

My favorite part are the bankers boxes that contain almost every single thing in this room.   I organized it and sorted it all.  Everything single thing that is in a box is written on the outside of the box!!!  It makes my heart happy.  Anyone can go in my mudroom and find anything. 

And that is my very short path to craziness home happiness.   

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28 comments:

NotYourOrdinaryBetsy said...

Wow! You did a great job, and it looks super cute. I LOVE the curtain!

the thrifty ba said...

i love how you made this little nook from somewhere to forget about into something to brag about! and the curtains are my favorite thing!

Megan said...

Wow you have been busy! It looks great and I love the curtain and the bulletin board! I am right with you on the nice and organized labeled boxes, it just makes you feel happier to be organized. Now lets see if I can make my little laundry closet this organized AND pretty!

Larissa said...

looks great....my hubby is gone this week...maybe I will organize and purge some stuff while he is gone! Woohoo!

Anonymous said...

Wow! It looks great and is so functional. Thanks for the link to the bulletin board. I have some frames that will be very appropriate for that....but most of all, I am inspired to ...maybe...work on decluttering. I am sort of a hoarder, and things have gotten bad...Maybe if I use your mantra of tossing things that I don't use or love.....

Heather said...

cute blog! love the bulletin board idea!

Dina said...

LOVE it! Especially the coat rack with random knobs:-)

Terri @ em-belle-ish.blogspot.com said...

Love it. I just did a similar post on organizing my catch all area. Feels sooooo much better. Especially like your "return with honor" sign! Thanks for sharing.

Laura said...

ohhh cover the sides of the bankers boxes with cute fabric. :)

Abbie said...

i'm such a nerd that my favorite part is the bankers boxes....I would do the same thing :)

Leah said...

Crystal you are so awesome. Have you ever watched that show on HGTV called Mission Organization? Well you would be FANTASTIC at that, you should totally have your own TV show and I would watch it. :)

And you can film your first episode in any room of my house. LOL!!

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

it looks fantastic! i love those curtains and the coat rack. they add just the dose of sassy color that the room needed. i love it!!

LindaD said...

I have the same kind of crazy!

patricia e said...

Simply divine ~ makes me want to go and organize something ~ BUT I'm still not recovered from having knee replacement so those big jobs are going to have to wait ~ I love Anonymous' idea to do a show, but I was kind of thinking you'd want to travel to Canada and film in my humble house.

christi @ grey umbrella said...

so functional and fun! the fabric makes me smile!

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

GREAT job! I really like those curtains.

Elise said...

Crystal...I need your kind of crazy right now. I am a week away from having my fourth kid and I am going kind of nutty inside looking at my tornado strewn house. Scary stuff!!
I love your afters!! The knobs on the wood are so cute!!
Elise

LKP said...

crystal, i ADORE it all!

LKP said...

...especially the banker's boxes!!!!

Amber said...

love the after photos too! :) you did a great job and should be proud. there's nothing like a little organizing and decluttering to make you & your home happy.

carey said...

i love it, and am totally inspired. now i just need a free weekend to kick come clutter booty!

Cherry Tree Lane said...

I think it looks great!!

Ky said...

I love your short path to home happiness!
I thinks me needs to do a little organising today. I'm going to start with under my daughters bed!

ky x

Heather at A "Love"ly Mess said...

I love to organize also, I get it. Looks great and clutter free.

MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

What a good idea using the banker boxes. I love the curtains & the coat rack.

Andrea said...

Awesome! It makes me want to tackle the mess in my laundry room...but maybe tomorrow. It makes me tired just thinking about it!

Vinyl Rocks My World said...

Great job!! I am very jealous.. that is just the style I dream of, and you make it sound so easy! ;)

sara's art house said...

Love the curtains in the laundry room!

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