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living, decorating, and eating in hattiesburg, mississippi

small space solutions: the laundry room

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The solution: baskets.

A beginning-of-the-semester cold has kept us at home this weekend, but, on the bright side, we finally caught up on laundry.  To celebrate the empty laundry baskets and neatly stowed clean clothes, I’m showcasing the way we make the most of the storage space in our super-tiny laundry room.  Our condo maximizes living space – which we wouldn’t trade for anything – but this comes at a price: small storage spaces.  (You can see my small closet solution here.)  Fortunately, what our little laundry room lacks in horizontal square footage is balanced by quite a bit of vertical storage space.  We use it all, and then some.

Our little laundry room, elevated by the exposed brick on the back wall.

That’s the extent of the horizontal space, but there’s more than meets the eye here (or the camera lens, at least).  Behind the door (on the right), we’ve stowed a badminton net, camping supplies, and the mast, sail, and pontoons for the sailing canoe.  A tent hangs from a nail on the right wall (upper right of photo).  We installed a tension rod for hanging clothes across the back wall.  Tension rods are a fabulous small space solution: in our tiny apartment on campus, I hung pots and pans from a tension rod over the stove in the kitchen.

We are so grateful for those built-in shelves. And yes, that's our collection of holiday decorations stacked on top. Is it Christmas yet?

A bookshelf from Daniel's college days stores his tools (top and first shelf) and linens.

I wish I had “before” pictures of this space – before I realized that baskets were my storage friend.  As you might imagine, a place so small and so full of stuff can easily get out of control, and it did.  I tamed the space with baskets last winter, and it’s been remarkably easier to keep the space (relatively) uncluttered and, even more amazing, to find more space for storing new additions, like sailing canoe gear from this summer.  Viva baskets!


Written by Ann

September 17, 2011 at 3:42 pm

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  1. There’s this part in S&S when Elinor is enduring listening to Robert Ferrars babble on an on about how wonderful cottages are, and he says, “I tell everyone who is going to build, ‘Build a cottage!'”

    Well, I tell everyone to who is trying to decorate/organize, “Buy some baskets!”


    September 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    • It’s true. And I love the S&S quote.


      September 23, 2011 at 8:12 am

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