Here is the thing with laundry. Even when your done, unless you are naked, you are not done.
You are never done.
There is always laundry to be done. I have been known to threaten my family with requiring them to wear whatever they have on at that moment for the next week.
So, in partnership with Glade, I decided to get the laundry room a little more organized and a little prettier. Maybe if the laundry room is a little more decorated, a little more pulled together and smells a little nicer, laundry won’t be so grueling?
We can only hope my friends.
First thing I did was bring in some of my favorite vintage finds. I don’t usually like to go so “themey” in a room, but vintage laundry stuff is just fun. A grouping of washboards, some with galvanized (my favorite color) and one with glass, stack up on the shelf to fill in the space.
I have had this vintage laundry soap tub tucked away forever, now it is out to just be pretty. Why don’t they make labels like that anymore?
After years of hunting (literally), I finally have the perfect Putnam Dye box. When you are a Putnam, and putting together a laundry room with vintage laundry stuff, it seems it is a requirement. Don’t you agree? Plus, it just fun and colorful.
Oh, if you didn’t know, my last name is Putnam.
Years ago, I came across this vintage laundry bin. I struggled for the longest time about buying it. I saw it and then walked away. Sauntered back numerous times. Then, I finally got my head on straight, bought it and skipped to the car with it. I have had it everywhere in our house – holding firewood, as a Christmas tree base and being left lonely in a closet. Now, it is where it is intended to be – holding laundry.
These laundry bins are now for sale through a lot of stores in the new version (just Google Steele Laundry Bin). They are a bit pricey, but that doesn’t mean you have to use a plastic laundry bin. Why not a basket? Even a vintage wash tub would work great for keeping it all kept together until you get it through the wash.
And in case you are wondering, that is not staged. That is my pile of whites to be dropped in right after the pictures were shot (including new sheets, who doesn’t love sleeping in new and freshly laundered sheets?).
I left the small wooden ladder there because it looks pretty. However, it is also as a reminder to figure out how to hang it from the ceiling to use as a laundry rack. The challenge is, to hang it high enough so you don’t walk into the clothes, you can’t reach it. I see a pulley system in my future. I will let you know when we figure it out.
In the meantime, when hanging your clothes to be dried, why not use a vintage hanger instead of a plastic one?
One thing I have done for years is use an enamelware bin for my laundry detergent. Since laundry labels are not as pretty as that beautiful blue bucket, use a pretty container to put it in. A few weeks ago, I found the smaller green one to put dryer sheets in. It was on clearance because the top is a little wonky, but that didn’t bother me one bit.
Truth time, we are the worst at leaving laundry in the washing machine for too long and then it gets smelly. We have learned, that smell does not get out with just another washing. Our trick of the trade (if you don’t already know this, get ready to be amazed), is to use plain white vinegar. We buy it at the grocery store in the big bottles and add a cup to a load and you are good to go.
And speaking of smelly….
Let’s face it, the laundry room is filled with things that are not clean. We have two daughters that play softball and run track. The weather is getting warmer, well, you know where this goes. We also have two dogs, one who is still a puppy. You know where that goes also. We keep a Clean Linen candle from Glade right in our laundry room. It keeps things fresh and clean smelling. Clean Linen is one of those fragrances that make the whole room feel light and fresh without overpowering. It is my favorite from Glade.
So that my friends is my game plan with the laundry room..
1 – Vintage finds make it pretty.
2 – Get the ugly containers for detergent and dryer sheets out of sight.
3 – Find an alternative to ugly plastic laundry baskets.
4 – Keep things smelling fresh with Glade.
Wishing us all luck on conquering the laundry room!
If you want some more inspiration, check out Glade’s Pinterest page.
As always sweet friends, thanks for reading.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Glade. However, all opinion ideas and dirty laundry are all my own.