Do you have a Monica from Friends style junk cupboard? We do. It’s also known as our utility room. It’s the place where we put all of the random bits and bobs that don’t have a home.
THE RANDOM STUFF IN OUR UTILITY ROOM
There is a lot of stuff in there, including:
- One comedy Australian hat, complete with corks
- A buggy we haven’t used for well over a year
- Bits of high chair that we will need when we sell the chairs in about ten years
- Spare car seat covers
- Bottles of champaign
- One cool bag
- One picnic set
- Lots of Vanish
- Several cans of spray paint
- Loads of old shoes
- A stairgate
- A pool noodle
- A camera tripod
- Loads of pieces of stuff, screws and tools
Here it is, in all it’s glory.
The people who lived here before us made the room out of a section of the garage, so it has no natural light and no temperature control, so it is incredibly dark, dingy, drab, and damp. All the Ds.
Now it may sound like I am whinging – after all I am very lucky to have a utility room, I didn’t in our last house and being able to shut the door on the washing machine is amazing. But it needs a serious makeover. From the awful cracked, flickering strip light, to the cold, uneven concrete floor, to the nicotine-yellow walls. It is horrible.
The only thing we’ve done to it since we moved in two years ago is put the washing machine and freezer in, and added a ladder radiator, so we can dry clothes in there one day. That day is still some way off, as we need to get the room insulated first, otherwise all the heat will escape into the garage. So for now, we just pile stuff in front of it and hang coats onto it.
To insulate the room, we need to empty the garage. But it is full up to higher than I can reach with, well, what can only be described as (more) JUNK. My husband may disagree. But in the main, I am sure we don’t need it, as we haven’t used any of it for the past two years, as we can’t even get to it. Marie Kondo would have a field day. None of it sparks joy, let me put it that way.
Anyway. Back to the utility room. Lately, the washing machine has been leaking even more than usual, and has now stopped heating the water. It did this last year, and because we are trying to live a more sustainable life, we got it fixed. But it has broken again. So we really need a new one. But the only way to get it in to the utility room is… you guessed it, though the garage. ARGH! We are going round in circles here.
SO WHAT PLANS DO WE HAVE?
When we replace the washing machine, we are going to take the opportunity to move the freezer, and put the new washing machine against the far wall – it makes so much more sense, I don’t know why the previous owners didn’t have it like that. Then again, the rest of the house was even worse. We’ll need to remove that hideous bit of worktop from above the washing machine, but I think it will be worth it.
Naturally, I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas, I have quite a few pins saved on my Utility Room Board. But they are mainly for much larger rooms than out teeny space, so I will no doubt be popping to IKEA (again) for some storage solutions.
We have some ALGOT drying racks already (just being used to put junk on at the moment) so I think we will get some more of them, and hopefully some boxes or something to hide the junk in! We don’t want to spend a lot of money on it, as I am the only one who goes in there. But just because I’m the only one that sees it, it doesn’t mean it should be a total disgrace. I do go in there quite a lot looking for peas, or tackling the never-ending washing.
So now I’ve shared my grubby little secret with you, do you have any words of wisdom about how to make the most of this teeny space? I’d love to hear them please!