And that right there is my first favorite about the best room in our house...
a feeling of peace
If you've never had to slam the door behind you when you go to load the laundry or had to grab a wayward child who may have snuck in despite your best efforts or known that someone is getting into trouble while you try and start a load of clothes but there's nothing you can do about it because surely you can't invite them to follow you, you will know where I'm coming from here. Either you do your laundry poorly or you take care of your kids poorly. So because child neglect in favor of unstained clothes is frowned upon, the homemaking there was....not good
But now, I can do boring things like pre-treat stains or organize things in the chest freezer and children can come with me and do adorable things like wear towels on their heads while pushing a baby stroller and stacking blocks.
Electrical outlets and not being a huge jerk
See, when I started envisioning this project I had only one thing in mind: to make the most pinnable room that anyone had ever created. It was even stupider than it sounds, I promise. Because a pinnable room needs cabinets and countertops and backsplashes and trendy words appliqued onto the wall. In the process of creating such a room, I would kick my husband out of his workshop space and potentially waste a huge portion of the money that was so generously gifted us. That room was a mess, you guys. Electrical, plumbing, fixing a rotted floor joist, putting in new, functioning electrical outlets....all of that is invisible but costs a whole lotta dough.
the utility sink
Speaking of this being a utility room, let's talk about how much I heart, heart, heart having a utility sink.
a chest freezer
and all the details that are actually details
|When I found stuff in pockets, I never knew what to do with it. I would shove it in my own pockets and try to move along. Now I drop odds and ends into this cute can. It's the little things, friends.|
|So simple. A magnetic towel bar (courtesy of Meijer) on the side of the dryer. Utility sink get your hands wet? Have a towel! I can't believe I never thought of this before.|
|These vintage knobs are on a little cabinet in the corner that's full of woodworking...."stuff." Peruse Etsy for your own!|
|All the ironing board haners on Pinterest were for the kind with the bar at the end of the legs. Welp, I wasn't ready to buy a new ironing board and then build a hanger thingy. So we did this instead. Easy cheesy.|
|This fabric is by Riley Blake designs. Their site is full of all sorts of greatness and is about half the price of buying custom fabric off of Spoonflower. Winning.|
I actually read a book this week too! I'll have to post about that later, though. Right now I'm going to leisurely stroll into my peaceful utility room and put the wet laundry into the dryer. Bwahahahahaha!