Laundry Room Update {Ana White Laundry dressers}

Wednesday / 43 comments
So excited to show you my laundry room update.  Remember how the laundry room looked last summer?


I had my family command center with all the art supplies and chore charts.  Worked so great for months.  Then my craft room got all finished and nobody used the dresser anymore.  So the dresser got hauled out to the garage (and is getting repainted for one of the boys rooms!).  I decided Ana White's laundry basket dressers would be the perfect solution for that spot.


Three laundry basket dressers, four baskets high fit perfectly where the dresser was.  Totally a better use of space too.  I am TERRIBLE at folding laundry.  I usually make a pile of clean laundry next to my bed that I'm going to fold someday and have a hard time getting to it.

Now I'm just going to take it out of the dryer and put it in each person's basket.  Then the kids can just pull the basket out and take the stuff up to their room and put it away.  In a perfect world.  In reality I can see my boys coming down and getting dressed in the actual laundry room after digging in their basket for clean socks and jeans.  The upside is that then their dirty laundry will be in the right spot!


Each person has their own basket for laundry.  Plus one for towels and one for sheets.  The kids also have a basket for their other junk.  Hats, gloves, papers, toys, anything of theirs left strewn on the floor.  The little labels are a 2.5 x 3.5 pieces of wood I cut with the chop saw and painted black.  Then I used my silhouette to cut labels in vinyl. 


I bought some big steel tubs for storing stuff on top of the laundry dresser.  The big tubs hold cleaning products and table linens.  The dressers are tall enough that I feel safe keeping the cleaners up there out of reach of my preschool gal.  Then I have a bucket for bathroom cleaning stuff  that the boys can grab quick for their chores and one holding clean dish towels and rags.  I also have my antique washboard and iron that are great for doing laundry during power outages...LOL. 


The dirty clothes I keep in baskets on the W/D.   I made new curtains out of some Amy Butler Love fabric that I already had. 


The kids chore chart  and family calender is still in the laundry room just on a different wall.  If you need some helpful room cleaning step by step charts then you can still print the ones I made for my kids in google docs


I'm actually excited to do some laundry!  Really feeling optimistic that the dressers will help me keep the laundry under control! 

Update:  My bloggy buddy Ana-White wrote up some plans just for my dressers!  You can check out the laundry dresser plans over at Ana-White.

Also be sure and check out Friday's post with paint colors and my step by step pictures as well as cost info.

43 comments:

  1. I love your new laundry system! Your laundry room looks great?, Let me be the first to ask where you found the large steel tubs.

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  2. The farm supply store! They have all sorts of different sizes and they are pretty reasonably priced!

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  3. Oops guess I should have read my comment ~ didn't mean to add a question mark......

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  4. Lovely, and even more importantly, functional! I stink at folding clean laundry too. :)

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  5. Love it! I pinned the Ana White laundry sorter as well and hope to make it this summer. I hate putting laundry away, it's the worst part of doing it. I'd love an update on how this is working out for you in the future. :)

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  6. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! I am in need of building those dressers and keep telling myself to just do it! It looks amazing, hope it works out great!!

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  7. I can't wait for the details on the laundry dresser. I've seen the Ana White one but the baskets are sideways. I prefer the way you did yours as I have a narrow tall space. Jealous of the large area that you have. =)

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  8. Thank you so much for this!! I was interested in the original but decided it wasn't practical for my family, but this makes me revisit.

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  9. Can you tell me what the various letters on your baskets are for?

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  10. The letters on the baskets just stand for my kids names! So they know which baskets are theirs.

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  11. I am right with you on the folding! I have a "clean" laundry hamper that I keep filled with clean towels. I still fold the the guest towels, but the rest go into the clean hamper and we just pull one out when we need it.
    I love the dressers. Like Serena, I wasn't sure that they would work for our family, but now I'm starting to rethink that. Another plus: new laundry baskets (and they'd all match!)

    ~Linda

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  12. [...] Basket Dresser {Building} 03/02/2012 By Brook Leave a Comment You ready for the details on my laundry basket dressers?  I think this might be my favorite thing I’ve ever made.  It’s life changing to have [...]

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  13. Totally love this. Exactly the kind of thing that I was trying to think of doing in my laundry room but mine was getting way to expensive (in my mind anyways) This is so beautiful and practical! Thanks.\

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  14. This is brilliant AND so cute! I loathe separating laundry-Right now I have a pile as tall as my hip that is clean but waiting to be sorted into piles for each family member. This will solve my problems!I would be thrilled if you stopped by linky party going on all weekend!
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    Kim@ Too Much Time On My Hands

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  15. i recall seeing a smaller version of that at ana's site.. wow, brook. that's precisely what i need to reclaim the hot mess that is laundry.

    the hubs just mentioned that we are making over our laundry space this spring/summer. i am pinning your dresser to show him exactly what we need to function!

    thanks for sharing...

    {btw: i just bought a cameo. do you know of any good tutorials to use it for total beginners?}

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  16. Ok consider THIS pinned!!! I found you on Tater Tots and Jello. I'd love to have you link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party at Toys In The Dryer. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/03/fun-stuff-fridays-13.html

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  17. Awesome laundry room! I might not mind doing laundry if I had a pretty place to do it in! I would love for you to link up this project to Do Something Crafty Friday (it runs all week): http://seevanessacraft.com/2012/03/do-something-crafty-29/

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  18. WOW!!!!!!! I really really really LOVE your laundry room!!!

    Please come over to The DIY Dreamer and share this with my readers... please :)
    http://thediydreamer.blogspot.com/2012/02/from-dream-to-reality-linky-party-5.html

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  19. Love these, I just pinned them! With three kids I'm always doing laundry, so this would make life so much easier. Plus they are really cute:)

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  20. I love that you have extra ones for their "lying around" stuff! And that they're labeled. What a great organizational and cute addition to your laundry room!

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  21. You are invited to share this with my blog hop:

    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/03/show-your-stuff-13-chocolate-cover.html

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  22. What a wonderful laundry center, I love the way your laundry baskets are stored. This gives me lots of great ideas! Love it! :)

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  23. This is so fabulous! Pinning for sure.

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  24. Awesome!!!! I want this in my laudry room, toy room and mud room! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

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  25. This is such a creative idea.

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  26. What a great way to get things organized in the laundry room. So tidy! Love it.
    igottacreate.blogspot.com
    "Kiss Me I'm Irish" linky party now open.

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  27. So, so cute!! Love the organiztion!! Great job!

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  28. Ohhh, I'm hitting myself. My husband built me the laundry dressers from Ana-White's plans and we even made them 4 baskets tall, but the baskets are the same direction that Ana-White shows. I never thought to flip the baskets. I like mine, but I think I would like them better if they would have been flipped like yours. Oh well, live and learn!!

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  29. Oh my goodness!! This is ADORABLE!! REALLY hope you are able to link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com

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  30. This is fantastic! I wonder how long the baskets will hold up being hung and having clothing put into them? I WISH my laundry room were big enough for this. I am terrible about getting the laundry folded. But you've got my wheels turning. You have a beautiful laundry room and blog :)

    Blessings,
    Mel
    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

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  31. This is absolutely fabulous! I have 4 kids I could stand to do this with -- operation laundry! Thanks for sharing. I'm happy I found your blog through tip junkie ;)
    Blessings,
    Krista
    www.thehomemaderenegade.com

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  32. Oh my goodness... Love the laundry basket dresser!!! I need it in my laundry room! I would love for you to link up to my party going on now at Jillify It! Hope to see you there!

    Jill
    www.jillifyit.com

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  33. That looks amazing. Such great work. It should be a joy to use...okay almost.

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  34. these are so amazing! Did you use the same size baskets as Ana's original plan?

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  35. I LOVE this! It turned out great! I have the sq footage in mine to do this, just in the wrong shape so unfortunately I can't have anything this awesome. I wish I could though. What a fabulous solution to laundry woes. Hope it works out for ya.

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  36. Debra KapellakisMay 28, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    That is gorgeous! Who wouldn't want to do laundry there.

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  37. Love this! How did you do those cute black and white hanging labels?

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  38. Love this! How did you do those cute black and white hanging tags?

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  40. [...] first thing we did was build two of the Ana White Brook Laundry dressers.  The same ones I have in my laundry room.  Now they have a clean basket for each person in their family and one for towels/sheets.  The [...]

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  41. Brook, I am planning on making these but I already have plywood that is 1/2 inch instead of 3/4 inch. Do you think it would be sturdy enough with just the 1/2 in plywood? And if I used 2x2's for the basket slides? If you get a chance I would really appreciate your advice! I love yours and especially the color!

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