Friday, 4 July 2014

The Messiest Room in the House! - Housework/Funwork 25

Is there a room in your house which just

   Sooooo Embarrasses you 

that you want to keep the door tightly closed but it is a room that you are always needing to go into?

For me it could be the Study or the Utility room and at the moment it is both but it is easier to shut the door to the study and not have anyone see the mess as they pass by on the way to the bathroom.

The Utility room however is just not so easy to hide.

  • It is directly off the kitchen so anyone in the kitchen could easily see the mess if the door is open.
  • To go out to the back patio/garden we have to go from the kitchen through the Utility room.
  • (We can also go out through the Sun Room so that is what I normally do when anyone is around.)
  • Our kitchen doesn't have a place for a largish bin so we keep it in the Utility Room and of course that means in and out of that room all the time.
  • The recycling bin is kept in the back toilet and the medicine cabinet is also there which is off the Utility Room so again in and out a lot.
  • If we were using the garage it would be worse as we would then walk through it from the garage to the kitchen.

So what is the problem with that Room?

  • Washing piles can accumulate because washing machine and dryer are there.
  • Ironing piles overflow because I always get behind with the ironing even though there are only two of us permanently in the house.
  • Things I haven't got a home for in the kitchen get left on the worktop there until I can find a home for them somewhere else.
  • Things that need extra cleaning or little repairs get left there.
  • Decluttering my worktops in the kitchen led to cluttering my worktop in the Utility Room.

What did I need to do?

1.  Make out my Overhaul List for the Utility Room.

2.  Clear all the things on the floor and worktops to the table in the kitchen in sorted piles.
3.  Do everything on the Overhaul List.
4.  Decide on what should go in each of the cupboards in the Utility Room 

5.  Decide on one basket for ironing and declare that another washing will not be done if that basket is full.
6.  Get a basket/basin to be put inside one of the cupboards to hold any washing going straight to the Utility Room from downstairs. (Mostly tea towels, dish cloths and towels from the bathroom)

7.  Actually put as much as possible into the cupboards in orderly fashion.

The biggest problem I faced here really was the fact that so many different things were in the wrong places.

In the tall cupboard I had very little to do because I had worked on this at the end of last year.

The other two cupboards held the wrong things in the wrong places and things that should have been in other rooms.

The cupboard under the sink was the most difficult to deal with because of its shape and height of shelves.  
Fred has longer arms than me so he helped out with the reaching in and over to the left to get it all washed out.
Then I put the vases and some plant pots in the left on the top shelf as they will not need to be lifted out as often as the things for the washing machine and other cleaners.
On the bottom shelve in at the left I put other things that are extra and replacement items.
In at the bottom on the right I put the smaller stain/spot removers and descalers etc. in one of the great shelf caddies with handle from LAKELAND  one of my favourite stores (as I have mentioned before in this series).

So in the end the room looked like this

I hope it can stay like this because I would like to be able to fold the clothes here and not have to take them into the kitchen and that means clear space on worktop.  However I have not got an ironing basket in the room at the moment and that will no doubt have to appear again.

With the floor cleared again now I'll be able to do the ironing in here again.

I just hope I can keep to my rules that I made:

1.  Do not leave anything down on the floor - because if one thing is left there other things will follow.

2.  Do not leave anything on the worktops that should not be there - put the things in there homes straight away.

It will be interesting to see if I can keep these rules as Fred just laughed at me because he knows I have said similar things before and not done them.

Well I was sooooooo pleased with my Utility Room at the end of this week.

It was worth the time and effort.

If I keep my own rules and it remains like this all the time then doing any work in this room or even just walking through it all the time will be a pleasant experience rather than an embarrassing one.

Now just to remember where I put everything.

Oh yes that's why I have to do the inventory next week!     



  1. I laughed at your "now I just have to remember where I put everything". When my boys were little and assigned the chore of "putting things away" I took pictures of the cupboards with the doors open so the contents and their placement were visible. Then I posted them inside the cupboard door. Now that we've redone the kitchen, I think I need to do that for me! My cooking time has almost doubled because I spend half my time looking for things!!! :-)

    1. Oh Charlene I just pictured your happy smiling face as I read your comment. I did that once in the study but Fred just never took any notice of it and didn't cross anything off if he used an item up (like notepads, folders) so I still never knew properly what we had in the cupboards.

  2. Well done! I never met a space I didn't want to organize, so I can appreciate your efforts... :-)

  3. Utility rooms are always the catch-all rooms aren't they. Your after picture looks great. Doesn't it feel good to have that sense of accomplishment!

    1. Yes Kathi it feels great and even this week walking into that room just makes me feel good. The washing was done in a better mood this week!

  4. What a wonderful improvement ... headed to my laundry room to clean out the cupboards right now!

  5. Seriously. We recently moved and it used to be my laundry room, but now it is my office. I think because it is the office that in my mind gives me license to let it be a disaster. In my defense, it currently holds most of the unpacked boxes. Your utility room looks like an oasis. All you need now is a hammock and a latte.

    1. Unfortunately no hammock but plenty of latte. My study is yet to be tackled! It was a strong contender with the Utility room for the messiest and maybe it really is worse now when I look around me as I sit here. OH NO!

  6. Pinned and Tweeted from Mondays Reflection See it here

  7. Ummm...does the whole house count? Seriously, we moved into a larger home in August 2012 but we just don't have storage space.

    1. Oh Cassandra do we ever have enough room. My husband has said on different occasions that he thinks I could just fill up any house no matter how many cupboards it had and still look for more space.

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    1. thanks Susen, just hope I can be strong willed and keep it that way.

  9. What a wonderful change! Doesn't if feel so good to clean up and organized like that? I wonder, do you have room for a hanging rack anywhere? For me, when I pull something out of the dryer that will need ironing, I slip it on a hanger at hang it on a rod above my dryer. Just a thought. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


    1. Yes a small rail over the top of the door of the tall cupboard holds a few items and another plastic one I can slip over the top of the utility room door because hanging up as much as possible is definitely an advantage

  10. I am planning to do a laundry utility room overhaul in the next couple weeks! Yours looks great! Thanks for linking up last week to Friday Favorites, hope to see you this week too!

  11. I felt like my whole former apartment was the messiest room because we had so little storage! Purging for moving helped change all that thought : ) Now our stuff is everywhere because we got rid of the furniture, so there's a storage issue again haha

    Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings!

    1. yes moving helps us clear out but there are always things that we have to say "where am I going to keep this?"

  12. How I LOVE organizing posts! Thank you for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays. You did a great job :) Such a nice utility room you have there!

  13. Great metamorphis! Your laundry room looks great. Thanks for the step by step.

    1. I am so encouraged by it being better organised and hence easy to keep tidy.

  14. To have cupboards and a sink in a laundry room would be bliss for this mom of six! Seriously, our laundry/mudroom is tough as well and yours looks great. My husband built a washer/dryer pedestal for our dirty laundry and 2 laundry basket dressers for our clean laundry. Just getting clothes off the floor made a huge difference. Now if we could ever get the mudroom side organized. 8 hooks and nothing else just isn't cutting it in our Minnesota winters. Oh well, at least I have a mudroom!

    1. Oh your room must be a good size, that's brilliant because you will have space to actually do something to the mudroom side. All I do is keep a pair of old shoes beside the back door for me going out and in to the garden or boots in the winter but we have no children at home now and mild winters.