Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Found Obsession

Generally speaking, I honestly don't hate doing housework.  Call me insane, buttttt heres why:

A) I don't mind dusting, ie: I have 3 cats yall.  It goes with the territory.  Kevin might tell you I'm borderline obsessive about it, but I just truly hate the dust/cat hair combo.  Period.  Needless to say, the Swifter Duster 360 is my best friend.  Combine that w/ some pledge, & I'm a happy camper.

B) I also love my vacuum.  And no, I don't have the Dyson Ball, either.  After diving into some Consumer Reports (How nerdy can I be?), we actually found that people preferred the Electrolux brand when it came to Canister Vacuums.  Sooo happy we listened because it is AMAZING.  Kevin & I actually bicker over who gets to vacuum because our vacuum kinda glides itself along, making it SUPER easy for whomever has that chore.  (Yes, I'm completely aware the topics we bicker about are absolutely ridiculous, but hey- thats what keeps things interesting, right?  Righhtttt? )

C) I like to come home to a clean house.  My number one pet peeve is when people have a lot of clutter in the common areas of their home.  I promise it's nothing personal, it just kinda freaks me out & reminds me of an episode of Hoarders.

However, there is one aspect of housework that I absolutely despise....


It's not so much that I hate doing the actual process of laundry- that part is no big thing.  It is the folding & putting up of the laundry that I cannot stand.  
To make matters worse, I have despised our laundry room for quite some time- mainly due to the fact that it is where the cats reside at night... IE: the CAT CONDO stays in there, which is disgustingly ugly to look at.  And I also hate hate hate the color.
Why couldn't have my laundry room looked like one of these when I bought it??

Sooo, immediately following me writing my blog last week about how I love painting, I got the insane idea that I would some HOW learn to like laundry if I re-did our laundry room... Sounds logical, right? So, once again, I mentioned it in passing to Kevin about "my vision" for what I wanted to do to the laundry room... He kinda grunted about it, so I took that as him saying "Honey- go for it!" Well, okay- don't mind if I do.  
So, let me show yall what our Laundry Room looked like to begin with....

In a word: ICK

And there is that HEINOUS yellow again- Banana Cream. Seriously?  Seriously???

The corner where the Cat Condo used to be... before I snuck it into the trash unbeknownst to Kev :)
So, truthfully, can yall really blame me for avoiding doing laundry at all costs?  It was TERRIBLE.  Anywho, our laundry room is off of our kitchen, so I thought it made sense to utilize the same blue paint that I used in the kitchen.  Why blue?  Because a) It is my favorite paint color in the house, b) It covers up that horrendous shade of yellow, and c) well... I had a ton of left over paint, so it didn't cost me a dime :)
So, lets look at how it turned out...

Blue & Yellow. Blue & Yellow. Blue & Yellow........

I apologize that I hadn't had a chance to steam the blue-checked fabric yet.  I'm aware I need to do that (thanks, Jan).
Clearly doesn't matter to Lucy :)  Of course she was the first one up there. Diiivvvvaaaa

Cute little DIY Laundry Sign :)
So, what do you all think?  I am borderline obsessed with it... Not because I think I'm the next Martha Stewart or anything, but I literally pulled this whole little roadshow together for about $70.  What's not to love about that?
Quick Breakdown
-Paint- $0- left over
-Paint Supplies-$5
-Shelf-liners: $0- I used some of our carpet remnant's, so it'd be more conducive for the cats to hop up there to their new cat living quarters.
-2 Tiered Cat Condo: $35
-Fabric: $12 (Hobby Lobby- 50%.. love it.)
-Yellow Rug- $8
-Baskets- $12

I know I said I used the carpet remnants to help make the shelves easier for the cats to get up & down, but before yall twist my words & think that was done out of pure concern for my cats, hear me out... 
Due to the fact I hate the process of doing laundry & I try to bribe Kevin to do mine on a regular basis, part of the laundry-room re-do was to make efficient use of that small space so I would have room to actually organize & fold my clothes.  So, as you can see, we now have the room we need- however, I still lack a piece of furniture or laundry room accessory to pull me out of this un-domestic habit of avoiding laundry.  Suggestions are welcome as to what you all use!  This girl needs all the help she can get!
So until I find the right thing to use in that room, I'll just stand back & admire the cute-ness of the room, while continuing to encourage Kevin to wash & fold my clothes while he does his own :)  MMkay yall- thats it for now!


  1. You are hilarious and I try to avoid laundry as much as possible! I ONLY do it when the hubs is out of socks and/or boxers... Then and only then will I force myself to do this awful chore. UGH!!!

    BUUTTT... You're newly remodeled room is presh and would definitely help a little bit!!

  2. OMG I love what you did and it gave me some inspiration for my laundry room at home! I am so like you... Give me any other chore and I am all over it but laundry... ugh!

  3. Okay, I am so agreeing with you on this. I have talked to so many of my girlfriends about this same issue - HAAAATE putting away the laundry. I don't think I've spoken to one person who hates putting it in the machines, but taking it out and folding/hanging? A whole other ballgame sister friend!

  4. We have the most awesomest washer and dryer ever, and I do mean ever. That makes no difference because I'd rather scrub toilets until my dying day instead of fold, iron, put away or hang another piece of clothing. Thankfully, my husband is a semi-willing participant, but honey, I feel ya. Nice work!!!

  5. That looks awesome! If you lived closer, I'd totally do laundry if you'd clean my house. I am soooo OCD about the laundry - even how things get put away- that my husband is scared to even start the washer b/c he knows I'll be like, " better not be putting any of my clothes in there.." :)

  6. I hate laundry too! I hate hanging clothes up and putting them in the dryer! It's terrible! I still talk my laundy to my mom to see if she'll do it! ;)

  7. What a difference a little color makes! Love, love, love your new laundry room! I'd do laundry in there for sure! :)

  8. I wanna know where Lucy's cat condo went.

  9. I am so with you on hating to do something with the laundry once it's clean (and I have a bad habit of leaving clean clothes in a laundry basket, or 3, in my closet).

    But, I'm happy to report that I have found a solution, and it's totally life changing (I'm kidding, but it's kind of true)! I don't let my clothes completely dry. I dry my clothes for 20-30 minutes, then put them on hangers and hang them on the shower curtain rod in my bathroom to finish drying (I usually do laundry after work and shower in the morning, so there are no timing problems).

    This kills several birds with one stone -- I do something with the clean clothes rather than letting them sit around, my clothes generally don't have to be ironed, as they dry without wrinkles on the hangers, and I HAVE to hang my clothes in my closet before I can shower. I also think it's better for my clothes! The only things that I don't hang are undergarments and gym clothes, and once you've put away your other clothes, those small piles are no big deal, and it's nice to put those away and be completely finished with laundry!

  10. I hate laundry as well. I have about 4 loads that need to be done and 4 loads clean in a pile on my closet floor. If any one actually likes laundry ... send them my way.

    Secondly, love the re-do ... perfection. MEOW.