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The biggest change of our new home (can I still say that after 9 months?) is having a basement. It is glorious! The kids have a toy room, the treadmill is near a TV, Brandon has his office space, I have a huge pantry, lots of storage, and my laundry room is down there as well. When we moved in, the washer was on one wall and the dryer was on another, I had my laundry baskets on a folding table (in case there was water in the basement, which occasionally happens) and there was one tiny 60 watt light bulb. BUT it was all in the basement, so I didn’t care. We organized is as best we could and in the back of our heads knew that soon, we would do some sort of renovating so everything was more accessible. And of course, I wanted it to reflect some of my personality and style!
We started drawing out ideas in September, measuring and re-measuring, trying to make the most out of the space.
Then, in October, my trusty MacBook decided to give up after running all of my photo editing programs for too long. I upgraded to a Mac (and it is glorious!) but I didn’t have a space for it. Temporarily, it was on a card table in our breezeway room, but that quickly got old. I can’t be confined to a 4 foot table, we quickly discovered– not to mention how messed up it made the layout of that other room! We went back to the drawing board and decided that the laundry room would also house my office space. It’s no secret that I love doing laundry, so even though some people’s reactions were like “office in your laundry room?”, I was ecstatic!
My workspace consists of a large island with cabinets and drawers. There is a platform that my chair sits on so that if there is water in the basement, the drain there can be easily accessed. I have plenty of storage and finally, all of my things are contained!
To make the ceiling look more finished, Brandon cut old corn crib boards into long pieces, painted them white, and ran them along the existing ceiling. This way, we still have access to the electrical and the plumbing and the white paint reflects more light. The mason jar pendant lights I found at a local store (owned by the former owner of this house, no less!) and knew that I wanted them along my island.
Across from my office area is the laundry. The front load washer and dryer were my moms, and they always moved around on her linoleum. She finally had enough, and gave them to me. Since they are on concrete, they don’t move and I was happy to take them off her hands! I also kept the other washing machine in here for Brandon’s dirty coats, bibs, shop rags, and other farming/filthy related things.
Across from the washer and dryer is my folding table and laundry basket sorter. This might be my favorite part of this room! I love organization, even when it comes to dirty laundry. Plus, I have somewhere to fold it and I don’t have to haul it up the stairs every time.
My AromaBreeze sits on this counter as well. It is a fragrance system that requires no heat. It can also be plugged in, or use batteries so it is great in any place in your home. I love being able to put batteries in it so the cord isn’t running across my counter. Since it doesn’t use heat, it’s safe for my kids and my new counters, and there is no wax to worry about while I fold laundry. For best results, consult the instructions that come with it.
We even found a spot for my Ikea shelf that houses some of my books.
I am still adding decor to my space, but my favorite thing of all is this camera painting from Hello Hue. My ScentSationals warmer sits here as well, giving just a little more light and it’s trendy design matches everything in this space.
Behind my chair is my hutch which houses my cookbooks, camera bag, and miscellaneous stuff.
I couldn’t be more pleased with the way this room turned out! It’s nice to have my own little space now, and I am loving having my laundry more organized.
Look for the AromaBreeze system at select WalMart stores as well as Walmart.com. Which room in your house needs a little style and fun fragrance?