Category Archives: Household

New Laundry

I’ve always wanted to have a “nice” laundry.

It’s a tricky room because it’s used a lot, gets messy easily and can become a dumping ground for all kinds of things that don’t have a home.

When we built this house, we kept the laundry pretty basic, with plans to do it up “one day”.

Well, one day has finally arrived.

We got some brochures from the local hardware store and started planning.

Farmboy ordered the cupboards we wanted.  I chose a pull-out ironing board and a hamper cupboard as well as a half broom cupboard, overhead cupboard, overhead cupboard without doors and a regular cupboard.

Here are some before shots:

Kind of feral looking isn’t it?

I will admit this is actually worse than “normal” as some of the cupboards we used to have in the laundry were moved out to the games room. So this as an “interim mess”.

Still, we did quite a bit of culling while the stuff was being moved out and in again.

Once the cupboards were installed, we ordered the benchtops.  So I had a few weeks with topless cupboards!!!

Here’s the finished product:

I’m a bit disappointed that Farmboy decided to put the UHF etc right there in plain sight with all the cords etc.  😦  I know it has to go somewhere but the laundry wasn’t even finished so I couldn’t even get a nice “after shot” before it went in.  I would have preferred it over by the window where we already have cords and things anyway (and not so visible from family room).  Oh well, it’s still a functional room, not a display room.

Here it is with my baskets put back.  The cane basket is for Farmboys “stuff” that ends up all over the place when he comes in at night.

This is where we’re going to set up the baby change area.

It’s amazing how much difference the right storage can make.  I ended up with that double door cupboard empty.  Which is great as it now has baby stuff in it.  I had no idea where I was going to put the baby’s stuff so that was a bonus!  We’ll put a change mat on top and a basket with change stuff in it.

The challenge now?  To keep it tidy!  At least when it is tidy, it’ll look great!  And so far, it is more organised which is helping.



Generally I’m not a big fan of housework.

I LIKE having a clean and tidy house.

I just don’t like the effort it takes to get it that way.

Not to mention KEEPING it that way.

I’m not all that great of getting rid of “stuff” either which doesn’t help.

And I get overwhelmed very easily.

However, this week I seem to have found my “housework mojo”.

I’m not sure if it’s because I have this week off work (next week away) and then planning to work pretty close to the baby being born.

So this week is kind of IT in terms of catching up and doing those jobs that are beyond the “basics”.

Or if my nesting instinct has kicked in.

It’s one of the things I like about being pregnant.

The desire to clean, declutter and generally organised.

Obviously some women have it all the time.


Only toward the end of my pregnancies.

Don’t think the solution to my housework issues is to keep getting pregnant though.


But I may as well take advantage of it while it’s here.