Our humble little laundry area is a narrow space that connects the hallway to the kitchen, with a door leading to our shared back patio. I really shouldn’t complain because I know having your own laundry in your home is a rarity in Los Angeles, but it’s quite the itty bitty space and in its current condition a big eyesore.
On top of that, the building’s old electricity makes it impossible to use the dryer. So on wash days, the apartment becomes one big clothesline with sheets and underwear hanging from every surface (the below photo is on a good day).
After one load too many we decided it was time to rethink our storage solutions. Because of its location, the room also serves as a dumping ground for my photo and craft supplies so I wanted to allocate some storage for my supplies. But, because of the door and the walkway, our only real option was up.
I’d been eyeing this pegboard trend for awhile so we found ourselves at Home Depot and with a little help, left with a pegboard, hooks, and hanging baskets for about $35. The best part about the pegboard is that you can see everything. A few minutes and one can of copper spray paint spruced up the mismatched baskets.
After a quick trip to Ikea (okay that’s a lie, I went without my kiddo so I took my sweet, sweet time), I snagged a few extra baskets and this fantastic towel rack that doubles as a shelf and a place to dry clothes.
I also bought one of their cute white hanging plant holders to suspend from our shelf to house paintbrushes and scissors — things that need to be extra out of reach from small hands. But my favorite find was this slim laundry hamper that fits perfectly in between the wall and our washer. No more unsightly hamper taking up valuable floor space and overflowing with smelly clothes. I’m slightly nervous what my level of excitement means… I guess I’m a real adult now.
- Pegboard hook kit
- Hanging wire baskets
- Spray paint (metallic copper)
- Adjustable towel rack
- Craft paper roll
- Clear organization box with lid
- Laundry basket
- Hanging planter
- Collapsible drying rack
- First lay out all your hooks and pegboard baskets and apply spray paint.
- While those are drying, hang the pegboard (the hook kit we purchased included a number of sturdy screws for this purpose).
- Assemble the towel rack according to the directions. Once each bar is in place, if desired, unscrew the back bar on the adjustable side and slide on roll of craft or wrapping paper (for easy access to supplies without taking up too much valuable real estate).
- Screw the bar back into place and hang on the wall above the pegboard.
- Now the fun begins! I laid everything out on the floor and organized the crafts into baskets and onto hooks, and then placed them onto the pegboard or shelves. Easy to see, easy to grab, and off the floor!