Wednesday, July 10, 2013

{An Organized Laundry Room} Making Over the Medicine Cabinet

I told you last week about my plan to re-organize my laundry room for this month's One Room At A Time project.  I have so many ideas swimming around in my head for how I can make the space both more functional and more inviting but I decided I better start with the basics of getting the room cleaned out.  This past weekend I took on the cabinets above the washer and dryer. 

Here is a look at how they started out.


The left-hand side cabinet we use for storing medications and first-aid supplies; the right-hand side cabinet is used for detergent, stain remover, and other laundry necessities. 

I started out by going through all the medications and removing everything that was expired.  I am pretty sure I could have opened my own pharmacy with the amount of old drugs we had going on in there.  We happened to have a "Take Back Your Drugs" event in our city recently so I was able to drop all of our drugs at our local police department for proper disposal.  You can also mix your medications with kitty litter or coffee grounds and put the mixture into a Ziploc bag in your trash.  (For more information about safe disposal of unused medications, please visit:  http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm101653.htm). 

After getting everything cleaned out, I went on a scavenger hunt around my house looking for unused bins and came across these white containers that were a perfect fit inside the cabinet.  I decided to separate the "adult" and "kid" medications into two of the containers and I put general first-aid supplies in the third container. 




I also already had on-hand the stacking boxes that I use to keep Band-Aids, ointments, gauze, etc. 


 A few snazzy labels later and the cupboard was looking fresh, clean and organized!


The laundry cupboard also got a pretty face-lift. 


Using the "shop my own home" method again, I found a pretty blue and yellow bowl to hold my dryer balls and a wire basket to wrangle the lingerie bags. 




But my favorite part of the laundry cupboard is the polka-dot storage boxes.  Here is how they started out:



And here they are now!



I picked up the yellow and white wrapping paper at Paper Source and I already owned the bookplates (they are from the Martha Stewart collection at Staples).  I love how even the littlest things, like wrapping a boring box, can make such a huge difference! 



A few more eye-candy pics for you to enjoy...


I am already loving my new laundry room and all I have done so far is clean out the cabinets!  What laundry project are you going to tackle this month? 


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