Laundry Room Closet

I was so excited to be able to move our laundry room upstairs in this house.  We have so much space in there, it’s crazy.  You would really think that the opportunities are endless in a laundry room that size, but the truth is, I am completely lost on what the heck to do in there, and how to organize everything.

David installed a mini closet system, and for now we have towels, sheets, and delicates in there, but I still don’t know how I feel about that and what laundry I want to keep in there.  I just feel like there could be a lot more functionality in here and I am sure that the more I use the (soon to be) completed laundry room, I will figure it out as I go.

David is taking next week off, so let’s just hope we get more done during that week than we did during his week off for Thanksgiving!

Spacing Issues

I mentioned on Monday that David messed up the spacing on the tiles in our laundry room.  Since we used dark gray grout, it is really obvious.  In fact, David showed a co-worker pictures of the laundry room and he noticed the floor right away.  David said that because he took so many days to complete the floor, it made it hard to get the spacing right.  Who knows, but it has to be fixed so this laundry room doesn’t look DIY.

Once we complete the basement, we can go back to fix and finish the never ending laundry room project.

Can you spot the spacing issues?

Breaking Point

I can’t believe that Hanukkah has been over for a week already, and that Christmas and New Years are coming up. Seriously, where has this year gone? I know I promised that there would be updates, and there will be. The laundry room is (was) coming along just fine, but we have decided to take a break on that room.

Cabinets are done, hardware is in, David finished painting and just has minor touch ups, and this weekend he installed a closet system. Even though everything is looking great, now that the room is mostly cleared out, I am noticing that there are some issues with the spacing of the floor tiles and the grouting. The only solution is for David to rip out some of the flooring and redo it. This is obviously annoying, because we have been working on this room since July, but it just has to be fixed. When we go to sell this house, I would hate for somebody to think anything looks DIY.

Let’s backtrack a little bit though. A couple of weeks ago my oldest had a play date. We rarely have play dates here because the house has been a construction zone, and Dax was napping twice a day until recently. But, I thought we were in a good place to finally have friends here, plus I was doing my friend a favor by watching her son. To say that Eli and his friend destroyed our house is an understatement.  I took pictures of the damage, but I deleted them because I wanted no memory of what the house looked like that night.     The thing is, I wasn’t even mad about it, it just made me realize that we need to readjust our priorities (again), and focus on getting our basement and playroom done.

I definitely think I hit a major breaking point with this house and I was totally distraught after the playdate. I want for my kids’ friends to come over and destroy the house, I want them to come over and think that they could have so much fun and not me nagging all of the time.  I expect nothing more than a total mess, especially with these wild boys.  The problem is, we have zero organization system in any play area in this house.  There are toys piled on toys, piled on toys, and it must be just as chaotic for the kids to play and not be able to know where things belong, as it is for me.

So, while there is still work to do in the laundry room, we had to get our act together with the basement.  We headed to IKEA to get some major storage solutions and David built them all within 45 minutes.  They are not complete yet, and there is so much work to be done down here, but it is an absolute necessity at this point, and everything else can wait.

Enjoy the hot mess “before” photos of the basement, I hope it doesn’t stress you out as much as it stresses me out!

MIA

You guys, it’s been about two weeks since I gave an update. It’s not that there hasn’t been any progress.  David installed the hardware and the light fixture in our laundry room and I will post about that soon.  But,  all of a sudden the season has quickly changed from Fall to winter, and with the snow and coldness, I needed him to clear out the garage so that I could park in there.

To be honest, I haven’t been too motivated to write or even read the blogs that I try to keep up on.  Not sure if I have mentioned this here or not, but I am from Los Angeles. I was born and raised there and lived there until I got married in 2011. I grew up in a suburb called Calabasas which is really close to Thousand Oaks.  The horrific shooting that occurred last week just put me in such a funk.  Between that and the shooting at the synagogue, it was just getting a little depressing looking at happy Instagram photos and reading blog posts about recipes and beauty and fashion while so many people were suffering.  I totally get that you have to live your life and unfortuntely these disgisting events are becoming the norm here, but I think that these two specifically hit home to me since my kids go to a Jewish preschool and since T.O is my home.

Then the devastating fires started.  It was heartbreaking to watch the news and read about the “Camp Fire”, but then the “Woolsey Fire” started.  I am so thankful that all of my family is safe, but it was really scary that they all needed to evacuate and to see the damage that has been done to my hometown.  My sister lives in Malibu and she still can’t go back to her house. It all just made me feel so helpless being so far and not being able to do anything. It also made me feel extremely unmotivated to do anything on the computer except for pay bills and check some emails.

Now that things have somewhat settled down, we have a very busy and fun weekend coming up and an even busier week next week! It’s Eli’s 4th birthday party on Saturday, and we are so excited that my dad is coming into town to celebrate.  He turned 60 today, so we will celebrate him too! Next week we have E’s birthday celebration at school, and then his actual birthday Wednesday, Thanksgiving on Thursday, and my family Hanukkah celebration on Saturday! Oy.

So bear with me as I am slow on the updates these days, I promise there will be more soon.  David is taking the week off so I am putting his butt to work!

Doors and Drawers

We are one step closer to our laundry room being completed.  Last weekend, David worked on installing the doors to the cabinets and drawers. We thought that this would be a simple task, but of course we came across a little issue.

Since all of our walls are completely not straight in this house, it makes it hard to have counters, moldings, trim, window treatments, etc. that are all level.  When David went to install one of the drawers on the end, it was so crooked and off, that it was difficult to open.  He ran out of time, but planned on having to make some adjustments with the cabinet base, and shave some of the top off in order to make it fit evenly. Last night he had some time to work on everything and to our surprise, there was a much simpler way to adjust the drawer with adjusters that came attached, duh!

We also noticed that the cabinets are not as white as they looked in the store.  Hopefully that will change with better lighting, but we will have to think about paint colors if it continues to look off white.

I have been researching what type of hardware I want in there, and surprise, I have no idea.  Hopefully I will have that figured out soon!

Have a great weekend!

Plumbing Problem

Not sure if you all remember or not, but I told you guys to ask me if everything in our laundry room was still standing in a few months. Well, you don’t need to wait a few months, because we already are having problems.  Not huge problems, just some plumbing issues.

I had about 9123892743974 loads of laundry to do, so I started my first load early Monday morning as I usually do.  Everything was going well, but I suddenly heard some “dripping” that turned to “pouring”.  I ran into the laundry room and saw that there was water coming out of one of the pipes that is under our new utility sink.  I instantly texted David and he told me to put a cap on it, or stuff a towel in there until he got home from work.

I did just that and walked away, took one kid to school, the cat to an emergency vet appointment, and then back home.  When I checked on the leak when I got home, I saw that there was a ton of water.  A lot more than before I left the house. I was told to stop doing laundry (there went my day) and he would fix it when he got home.

It was a pretty easy fix, but this incident reminded me that David will not be remodeling the boys’ bathroom when it is time to.  Plumbing is just not his thing.

Utility Sink

Besides having our laundry room upstairs, one other deal breaker for us was a utility sink.  We had to have a utility sink. Until I had kids, I never knew why having one was so appealing, but after tons of diaper blowouts, and stains that I cannot even explain, it is so important to have a place to rinse off clothes that is not in our kitchen, bathroom, or outside.

David installed the sink and the plumbing and besides the excitement of finally being able to use it, I think it looks great, especially the faucet. We went with a chrome finish, even though I really wanted gold tones.  I just felt like it looked cleaner in a laundry room, and better with our washing machine and dryer. Now bring on the laundry!