Sometimes all it takes to set memories in motion and give ideas for a blog post is a photo putting a fresh spin on the household necessity we call laundry day.
Country Living Magazine – Brent Darby Photography
As sunny days and warm breezes become the norm, I look forward to the spring into summer activity of hanging freshly washed clothes out on the clothesline to dry.
Linens especially smell so summer sweet when line dried, and instantly take my thoughts back to summers sleepovers at Dave the Builder’s aunt’s house, where life in a Northern Louisiana town imitated that of your favorite episode of The Andy Griffith Show.
Today’s laundry room design and decor is anything but rinse and repeat.
My laundry room falls into the category of not ready for prime blog time, but it is the little space that could.
Currently, the space lacks loads of style, but makes up for it in cabinets, countertops, shelves, and storage space that aid in getting the job done.
Back in our antiques shop days, Dave the Builder unearthed a vintage soda display stand from an old store, brought it home, and promptly placed it next to the washing machine as an absolutely perfect storage display for laundry soaps, fresheners, softeners, dryer sheets and the like.
This began an appreciation for display fixtures for home use.
Retail stores going out of business will usually sale display tables, cabinets, and racks for a song.
If this is not a feasible route, check out big box retail and home improvement stores.
3 Way Clothing Rack – Boutique Ivory
Inexpensive surprises and common sense laundry day tips never cease to amaze me.
Ocean Scented Liquid Dish Soap – 10 fl oz – Smartly™
Smells like the ocean (a super lovely scented ocean) liquid dish soap is the go-to laundry detergent alternative I use for washing pillowcases.
Several drops added to a medium to high water level load does the trick, and the clean fresh scent is amazing.
Let’s just say getting clothes out of the dryer as soon as the cycle stops is not one of my laundry day strong suits, however, I love the way sheets and pillowcases smell fresh out of the dryer.
A spritz or two of homemade linen spray refreshes, and the light and lovely scent sets the tone for a good night’s slumber.
1 ½ teaspoon essential oil of your choice
2 Tablespoons witch hazel or vodka
4 cups distilled water
32 oz. spritz bottle
Mix witch hazel or vodka and desired oils in a bottle. Add the distilled water and shake to combine.
The witch hazel or vodka aids in dispersing the oil evenly throughout the liquid.
Shake bottle gently before each use.
Spring into summer is the prime clothesline drying season, and this clothespin bag from Mary Beth at The How-To Home is an easy DIY project perfect for clothespins storage.
Vintage Wire Collapsible Laundry Basket Hamper
Dirty laundry is just a fact of our all things house that make a home life.
Easy DIY projects, fresh scents, comfort of the known, sunny days and warm breezes go a long way toward making laundry day a little easier.