Saving Spoons – Laundry Room Organization

Welcome to the inaugural Saving Spoons post!  So excited to finally get this series off the ground!  Since everyone loves laundry, I figured why not start in the laundry room!

Laundry is inevitable (unless you are a full-time nudist) so why not make a space that is function and attractive as well.

So after a lot of work and sweat and more work by professionals, we turned this scary hole into a laundry room!


It wasn’t a large space to begin with so we tried to make the most of what we had!  We love our front load washer & dryer.  Worth every penny! I wasn’t sure if I thought it would be a pain getting the clothes out of the drier since I am short but I have no trouble reaching at all!

Behind the lovely curtain (that I made out of a table-cloth that I loved but hated using on the table) is a shelf that holds things like bulk paper towels, light bulbs, etc.  Who wants to look at all of that?

The laundry sorter cart also helps make the most out of the space!  I usually have a few hangers there so when I’m moving clothes from the washer to the dryer, if there is anything that doesn’t need to go in the dryer I can hang it up to dry right away. The mesh bag you see hanging up was on the side but I moved it to the bar so its easier to reach.  It holds unmatched socks. Once a week or so I go through the bag and match up socks (you’d be surprised how many matches you find after you cycle through several loads of laundry).  It definitely helps take out some of the frustration! I also like that the sorter bags aren’t huge so I can’t let laundry pile up which makes it easier to keep with!

We hung the ironing board and iron on the wall so that its out-of-the-way but still easy to get to. This picture makes me think that I really need a new ironing board cover.  Something fun and funky.  Any suggestions?

So now you’ve seen some of my ideas on how I save spoons in the laundry room but I also wanted to give some link love to these awesome posts that I have come across about making your laundry room a beautiful and organized space!

Laundry Room Makeover

12 Ways to Beautify Your Laundry Room – Tip Junkie

What are your best tips for keeping your laundry room organized and making the laundry as painless as possible?



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Wednesday Weigh-in: Shrinkvivor Week #7

Shrinkvivor Challenge at the Sisterhood!I cannot believe its week 7!  It is the final weigh-in before the final 7 are selected and the voting begins for the Ultimate Shrinkvivor!  YIKES!  This challenge has flown by! I cannot believe that I have made it this far.

This post is going to be short and sweet.  I’m actually home from work today due to pain.  It takes a lot for me to call in.  At this point if I could cut off everything from the belly button down, I would.  So I’m finally going to make the call to get referred to the pain clinic.  Whether we choose the nerve block or another treatment, I need pain relief.  I can’t do this.

So onto the reporting! As usual, we had two challenges again this week – one physical and the other non-physical. The physical challenges are what count towards team immunity. This week’s physical challenge was to count your miles. I got in 3 miles before the flare hit.  Better than the past several weeks!

The non-physical challenge was to read labels for trans fats.  The one positive thing that Celiac disease has done for me is that it has taught me to read labels with a magnifying glass.  I don’t buy anything without reading the label.  Not only do I check for gluten, but I also look for trans fat, fiber, and protein.

So now onto the scale . . . This morning the scale said: 126.8. So I had a gain of .4lbs.  I really hope it doesn’t kick me to Exile but if it does I am ok with that.  I am not going to beat myself up over .4lbs.  It will come off next week.  My success in Shrinkvivor is more than the number on the scale.

So here are my stats:

Starting weight: 164.4

Challenge Starting Weight: 133.4

Challenge Goal Weight (11/2): 128

Last week’s weigh-in: 126.4
Today’s weigh-in: 126.8
Change: +0.4

Overall Change: -37.6

Challenge Change: -6.6

ETA: I was starting to get really anxious and almost depressed about the pending Tribal Council and started doing some calculated.  With the help of this great calculator, I discovered that during the last 7 weeks, Shrinkvivor has helped me lose 4.95% of my body weight and the Sisterhood has helped me lose 22.87% of my body weight since January!  I seriously have lost almost a quarter of my body weight in less than a year!  Total awesomesauce! Talk about a change in perspective! And it totally kept me out of the ice cream tonight 🙂

And Pain Clinic appointment is set for Nov 22nd! So let the countdown begin!