Playing Hooky: A Little Laundry/Mudroom Organization

It’s time for this week’s installment of my strange little self-imposed “Dude Get On That Already” challenge (where I’m attempting to use or donate/craigslist all the random items that we’ve been hoarding in our full-of-stuff playroom). When I laid eyes on this old bar o’ coat hooks that used to hang in our first house’s den, I thought it might be just the thing for our laundry room. Clara’s coats & hats & gloves + Burger’s leash = lots of small things that might be easier to grab/find if we actually had somewhere to hang them. So first we made sure it would fit by holding it up where we thought we could hang it. It fit perfectly, but felt a little heavy due to the dark finish, so…

… you know I spray painted that sucker glossy white, right? A few thin and even coats later (I used the Rustoleum Universal stuff with built-in primer) I was left with this guy. I don’t know why I’m holding him up sideways in front of the other wall. I blame book craziness (how long can I blame normal weirdness on book craziness? Two weeks? A month? Three years?).

Then it was hanging time:

And then came Clara’s coats and hats and Burger’s leash:


Why didn’t we do this months ago? Now there’s no more running around to try to locate one of Clara’s coats (which used to end up in any number of odd places since it didn’t have a designated drop spot like this).

I can even picture her little lunch box and backpack hanging up here someday. Sniffle.

And there’s still plenty of space for tucking our laundry basket in there. This tiny 3.5′ wide room (not exaggerating, that’s literally the width) is definitely a lesson in figuring out how to get the most organizational bang for our buck. Between the baskets and bins on the shelves that we built next to the washer and dryer to our low-profile shoe caddies made from recycle bins from Ikea by the door, we definitely have squeezed lots of function into this sliver of space.

So that’s another little project that I can officially check off the list, and one more item out of the playroom! Holla. What are you guys spray painting, hanging, organizing lately? Anyone else have random “Dude Get On That Already” challenge coups to share? Isn’t it funny how sometimes it’s the littlest projects that make the biggest difference? We’ve been using these hooks so much for the past few days that we have already wondered aloud several times how we ever lived without them. It’s the little things.

Psst- Sometimes you just need your mom, right? More on that over here on Young House Life.


  1. says

    I am in super binge mode lately. There are a couple of organizations that we donate to, and all we need to do is out the stuff in boxes, and sit them on the front deck. They come pick it up! You don’t even have to be home. This has been an invaluable tool in helping us get organized around the house. No item is big enough to stick on Cragslist, and yard saling my own items is more effort than I want to have to put in.

  2. Molly says

    Last night I finally got sick of the furniture we moved out of the nursery just sitting in the hallway/living room/wherever we dropped it, so I rearranged the spare bedroom for all of the office crap. I feel so zen now, nothing needs to be moved to open a door or get into the pantry! Yay project DGOTA!!

    I probably would have gotten more done, but my husband FINALLY felt the baby kick when I came screaming into the room that he needed to put his hand on my belly NOW, and then we sat and cried for a little while. So DGOTA took a backseat :)

  3. Leila says

    Love what a difference glossy white paint makes! My boyfriend thinnks I’m crazy because I want everything painted white these days.

    oh, and I painted my spare bathroom with grey and white stripes on the weekend after falling in love with the striped bathroom featured on this blog. Thanks for the inspiration and the steps on how to do it, I’m so happy with how it turned out!

  4. Jessica says

    I just put one of these up yesterday in our kitchen next to our side door, which is the door we use most often. We used to just toss our coats on the backs of the dining room chairs. Adding the coat hooks has already made such a difference! Yours looks great!

  5. Derek says

    I noticed that you had some deep shelves in a very small area of your laundry room. Can you tell me how you installed those, and if they are stud-supported, or managed a different way ?

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