It's already the 2nd week of the One Room Challenge (catch the intro post here!) and I can tell these 6 weeks are going to fly by! We had the perfect storm last week......James out of town, all four kids down with strep throat, major leak in the main level bathroom...you get the idea. Fun times.
So, visible progress on our mudroom was minimal.....but just because I couldn't bust out the paint didn't mean I couldn't attempt to nail down the bazillion ideas I had swirling in my brain for our den turned mudroom. Here's what we're thinking for this "make my life easier" room:
1 - We bought our Samsung washer and dryer a few years ago and have been really happy with them. I don't see the same blue model we have, but it's similar to this.
2 - If you've been reading us for any period of time, you are well familiar with my love of hooks. Because they magically make piles disappear from my floors. At least for a few minutes anyway. I'm eyeing something like these for our lockers, and like the idea of a different colored accent on each hook for each locker. But I've also pined after these forever and ever. I think this is one detail that I'll pull the trigger on once everything is painted. Sometimes you need to see a little more progress before the finishes fall into place.
3 - I've got my eye out for a colorful rug to pull this whole thing together. Maybe this one via Etsy but I'm crying that the shipping is so high. I'm going to stalk ebay and pray for something at a lower price point. How lame is this.....in the back of my mind I keep thinking "I want something that will also work at Christmas". #priorities
4 - I really wanted to incorporate some fun wallpaper into this space, but with so many other rooms that still need attention, we just don't have the budget for it. I'm thinking a more cost effective route like a wall stencil? But maybe in pink or green.
5 - I'm thinking a simple desk will work as a folding station without taking up a ton of space. I love the wood tone on this desk and the drawer could come in handy. We just need to make sure there's enough space to slide a couple of hampers underneath.
6 - I love the industrial vibe of these laundry baskets and the wheels for easy maneuvering are great. One of the biggest problems in this room is the random clothes that are thrown into the ever growing mound on the floor. Hopefully having a basket for lights and darks will keep the clothes off the floor and make it easy to toss in a load without having to sort when the baskets are full.
7 - We've already installed half of the flooring in the room. It's this 12x24 inch self-stick vinyl tiles by TrafficMASTER (color: Industrial Stone) and so far it's a dream! So easy to install, really durable, and does a good job of looking like the real thing at a fraction of the cost.
We still need to find baskets for the locker cubbies and some fabric to dress up the window, but at least we have some direction! I dying to bring some fun color into the room, but I have to keep in mind that our kids' gear has a lot of color inherently. So, I'm treading carefully.
We have a long way to go, but I'm looking forward to some real progress this week!