Warning! Today's post is not really sewing, knitting or crochet related! Instead I'm sharing one of my other passions with you and that's home organisation. I know, it's a bit of a weird one, but for some reason I can't stop reading blogs on the subject and there's nothing I like better than a good before and after story! So I'm going to attempt my own here, even though I don't have any before shots.
So, not much use as a conservatory, basically. But the one thing I was desperate for was a utility space. The kitchen is pretty small and there was no space for a dryer or any kind of laundry area at all. Even finding a home for the ironing board was a challenge. Having a room which was unusable seemed such a ridiculous waste of space in such a small house, so .... the thinking cap went on ...
And I decided to turn the conservatory into a laundry room/utility area. (The other half of this room is George's little pen and bed area, so it was already never going to be a proper conservatory).
It was originally a very un-lovely shade of green so I got the brightest tin of pink paint and splashed it on. Then I got the husband to put a (cheap) worktop across this wall and off I went to Ikea to stock up on laundry essentials (a 5 minute drive from the house, so you can imagine how often I "pop" in).
Of course, when the weather allows (i.e. not in the winter) I needed a drying rack but I was really not into the idea of folding, finger-trapping contraptions which take up so much space. Again, Ikea had the answer ... a wall mounted rack. This is absolutely fantastic as clothes are up out of the way and you can fit a surprising amount of stuff on there, especially if you use hangers for shirts and tops. I do have a wirlygig outside for summer drying, so this is really just for inter-season use and items that can't go in the dryer.
(These are dry, but you get the picture). Next came the iron holder for £4! Ingenious - and you can put the iron away when it's hot.
There is a plug point down behind the ironing board, so I can iron in here too and use the worktop as a folding space.
The other end of the worktop is a dog feeding area and the baskets underneath house the dog towels and other dog-related stuff, as well as cleaning gear and laundry gear.
Sorted! I'm really pleased with this neat and cheery laundry/utility area and its been working brilliantly all over the winter :-) I think it's a good use of the space I had available and makes laundry much less of a chore as everything is to hand.
P.S. I have no idea why these pictures do not pick up the details, they are absolutely fine on my camera - must be a BlogSpot thing. Most annoying :-(