When I first moved in with Brett I gave the laundry cupboard a mini-makeover, but over the years it had become increasingly messy. The boxes I used to sort the items had all but disintegrated, or long since disappeared, those that were left had become over run with junk and to be honest it was at the point where the last person to use the cupboard had to do the shove and close technique – you know, where you shove back in the item you were using and quickly close the door before the tower of crap escapes. Leaving a deadly avalanche of laundry supplies ready to fall onto the next person who unsuspectingly opens it.
Which just so happened to be me in a bad mood.
So I pulled every single last thing out and sorted it into groups. Gave the cupboard a much needed wipe out, then went looking for some nice wicker baskets to use on the shelves. These were harder than expected to find. Wicker baskets are super super super expensive. I have no idea why? I was expecting to pay one price and all my internet searches were spitting back another price. I planned to fit 12 boxes onto the shelves which meant cleaning out the cupboard was becoming an expensive endeavour (at approx $10 – $20 per basket)! This meant the piles of laundry items sat in the space between the kitchen and lounge for longer than I’d like to admit. When it became normal to just grab the item we needed from a pile perched on the back of the couch I decided it was crunch time and we went to Ikea in search of baskets. Come hell or high water we were coming out of there with something usable (we actually came out with lots more, but that’s Ikea for you!). I had done some snooping on-line and had a particular basket in mind. I didn’t want to use ugly containers like I had last time, I wanted it to look nice when we opened the door, so there was that to consider too (Brett needed some help with this concept – I need things to look pretty and be functional! teehee).
When we finally reached the baskets I had in mind (near the end of the Ikea maze), Brett with obligatory hotdogs in hand, me pushing along a trolly so piled up with bits and bobs it was about to have it’s own avalanche, I decided the grey wicker baskets were a little bulky for our needs, and the price wasn’t sitting well along with the other items we had amassed along the maze. Then I spied a different basket, one I hadn’t considered from the comfort of the keyboard, it was white, tick, it had little handle thingies, tick and it was CHEAP. Double tick.
The Drona boxes were $4.95 each. They are made of fabric, fold flat when not in use, have a zip underneath which keeps them sturdy and look much prettier in person than they did online. I can fit three across on each shelf in the cupboard perfectly. As they were quite tall and fit heaps in, I decided I could re-use some different baskets from home along with these, so I only needed to buy 6. Which was perfect, I think it worked out for better – 12 boxes might have looked a bit bleak, now it has some interest with the mix of dark and white I have used. I organised the shelves like so:
TOP SHELF: Basket 1; Gardening Supplies. Bucket (& mop head). Basket 2; Hats.
2’ND SHELF: Spare towels. Iron. Old wicker basket with ironing supplies.
3’RD SHELF: Basket 3; Dog stuff. Basket 4; Washing Powders. Basket 5; Spare lightbulbs.
4’TH SHELF: Plastic Basket with household liquids (terps etc). White box with power cables. Easy hold basket with tools (I scored this open handled basket for $0.10c from Big W, when the price scanned up the guy behind me ran and got two! It’s great for storing tools as you can grab it and take it around the house). Plastic box with newspapers and old wire hangers – (which I have no idea why I keep, but I am sure one day they will come in handy).
BOTTOM: Basket 6; Toilet rolls. Easy to hold basket with cleaning supplies (It’s actually a cooler bag, but the handles are really sturdy so I prefer to use it as a cleaning basket that I can carry around the house). Mop (which tucks in nicely behind the other items).
I use the cupboards underneath the laundry sink to place the carpet cleaning supplies and the vacuum cleaner in, I had freed up so much space in this closet I could fit junk from underneath the sink in there too. (Which means the vacuum finally has a home, it never had one before & used to migrate around the house!). I love how organised and easy to find everything is now. Inside a few of the boxes, such as the pet box, I used a couple of the old plastic ones stacked on top of each other, with the items we use least on the very bottom and things we need to keep at hand placed on top of them, making it easy to throw the dogs leads in and out every day.
The white Drona boxes have fared pretty well in the cupboard since we bought them, any marks simply wipe off, and they are easy to push in and out like draws. I am very happy with the end result, especially the price! Cupboard make over for under $30…