Our Improved Laundry Closet


I’ve never talked much about our laundry area before on the blog. Our washing machine, dryer and water heater sit behind pocket doors in the back of the great room with a storage cabinet above them. Here’s a photo of the area before we moved in.


We replaced this water heater (along with a second one on the other side of the house) with a tankless model during Project Roof. Not only did we gain efficiency in changing out the old water heaters, but we also gained two new storage areas with their removal. Today I wanted to talk about the laundry area since Nate’s been working hard to finish it.

Laundry Area with Drywall

We gained quite a few feet of space next to our dryer and decided to add additional shelving along the top and then store other items in the bottom half.

Laundry shelves

Nate cut and installed two shelves along the top to match the shelving in our existing cabinets. These guys are nice deep corner shelves. Since the shelving is along cinder-block, Nate attached the supports with anchor screws that drill into the block very nicely and are incredibly strong.

Laundry Area Shelves: Painted

Then he painted the whole area. I don’t think we ever painted in the closet before so once painted the whole area looked so nice and clean. The new shelves now blend into the cabinets nicely. I have convinced Nate to leave the cabinet doors off because I like the look so much. The shelves are also quite high so we can fit all those tall articles like the ironing board, vacuum and golf clubs under with ease.


Here’s a look at the cabinets from another angle with our washer and dryer. We got both second-hand when we moved in six (!!) years ago and they are going strong. When they eventually break, I am sure we will replace them with more efficient models, but we are happy to use these as long as they hold out.


Before putting all our stuff back, Nate went through all our house supplies we stored in the cabinets and actually organized them.

Laundry Area: reorganized

Now we have all the supplies arranged by task or category.

Laundry Area: After

We also have room to store paper products and our handy orange toolbox and cordless drill.

Laundry Room: After

I love the final look. Everything is so nicely organized and a pleasure to look at. The new shelves give us so much more space. So big props to Nate for doing such a great job. He is slowly converting me into an orderly person and I think I like it.

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