It’s a new year and many of us make new years resolutions to become more organized. I wanted to share a few stylish options for you to remain organized around your home for an affordable price! Becoming organized and staying that way doesn’t have to be difficult! Especially if you’re using items that fit your style and are easy to use!
It seems as though I’m constantly trailing behind the kids picking up after them, but at times it gets exhausting. We have a loft upstairs that is currently the kids playroom that is pack plum full of toys. I think Isabella’s favorite thing to do is to see just how many toys she can get out at once!! I always make it a-point to have the room cleaned up before we leave it. This helps not getting stressed out at the end of the day when you still have to pick it up! This is a great habit I started with Christian while he was little, and he’s really good about obeying it. I love it when he can set a good example for Isabella 🙂 When it’s time to clean up, I start singing “the clean-up song”.. It’s just a little song I made about cleaning up, and Isabella starts singing along with me and by the time you know it, we’re done! I think this teaches good organizational skills plus keeps them busy while doing something they would normally complain about, cleaning! I have all of the toys, somewhat, organized throughout the room. I have a bookshelf where the board games, books and puzzles are kept. And I have a shelf with cubbies for toys to be stored without seeing them! It makes a huge difference to me, walking into a room and not being completely bombarded by all the toys! But like I said, that room is to be cleaned up before we step foot out of it, every time 🙂 Makes this Mama happy!
One of the only things I would like a little bigger in the house is the laundry room! I spend a lot of time in there, daily, haha. Since making it BIGGER isn’t going to happen, I needed to make the most of what I do have! Thankfully, I have an amazing husband who loves doing projects with me ( for me! ), but he agreed that the laundry baskets piled up in the corner wasn’t the best..
The space for our laundry is small and narrow, and we have the Whirpool frontload washers, which are huge. Probably wouldn’t buy those again if I could take it back! But anyways, I told my hubby what I wanted, and he headed to the drawing board. He came up with a wood pedestal for the washer and dryer to rest on, with spaces for three laundry baskets underneath!
Here’s what you’ll need :
- 4 – 2 in. by 8in. by 10 ft. planks
- 2 – 2 in. by 3in. by 10 ft. planks
- 1 – 4 ft. by 8 ft. by half inch plywood
- Wood screws
- Stain and polyurethane
- Sander ( for preference )
- Chop saw for planks
- Table saw
First you want to measure your space. We made the pedestal long enough for our trash can to rest on, as well as, washer and dryer. Next, measure the length of the three laundry baskets, side by side and be sure to include space for planks in between. This is going to be the basis of your length, longer if you prefer. Cut your larger planks to size, for length and legs. Screw each set together using wood screws. Secure your work by adding the planks on the inside walls for support. Next, screw your plywood into place. For a soft, smooth feel we sanded the entire piece. For staining, my husband placed the pedestal on a small cart, which made it simple to stain the whole thing at once! Once your stain is dry, brush on a polyurethane nice and thick. Let dry overnight. When it comes to installing, keep in consideration that you will need to make a hole for your dryer vent (at least that was our case). Place washer and dryer on top and enjoy your new space!!
We spent $32 on wood. We already had all other supplies used.