Underneath the counter I store my winter squash, dried beans in metal containers, vinegars, drinks, bird food, and more cleaning products. Mostly big, bulky stuff that doesn't fit on the shelves.
I can't believe how much JOY this room brings me now. Marie Kondo was right! If it doesn't bring you JOY...get rid of it! I use to hate even walking in this room, now when I step inside I smile because it's so clean and orderly. Even the men in my family commented how much they appreciate that this room is clean and orderly now. I think we were all getting frustrated with the "BEFORE" but no one wanted to take the time and energy to fix it because after all, "It's just a laundry room".
I thought of buying some of those cute signs that say "Laundry Room" or some cute baskets, but you know what, "It's really not necessary." I just cleaned it all up and donated so much, why spend more $$$$ to clutter it again? I love it just the way it is.
Edited Post on 2/7/22 to add:
A reader commented that she had never seen a laundry room used as a pantry before, so I wanted to edit this post explaining how that came about.
My laundry room is located in the sunroom, which is on the lowest level of the house. My kitchen is upstairs and quite small. There is not enough room in the kitchen for a large refrigerator or to even to store all the food my family needs. In addition, our upstairs dining room only seats four, so anytime we have company we need to eat at the larger table in the sunroom which seats eight.
So because of the small kitchen and the large dining area in the sunroom, we thought the laundry room would also be the perfect place to store a second refrigerator, a freezer, and extra canned and dry goods. It actually works out really well for parties, because I can store a lot of the extra party food in the laundry room fridge and put food on the laundry room counter. Sometimes, running downstairs to retrieve something when I'm cooking upstairs in the kitchen can be a pain. But most of the food down in the laundry room is an "extra" and I already have it in the upstairs kitchen anyway.
So what about you? Do you have a messy, cluttered room in your house that needs the Marie Kondo method? I'd love to hear from you!
Have A Great Day! Amy
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