Laundry Lessons and How to Start With the Good

Let’s do just that, shall we…

...I painted and organized my laundry room...
The Good…a painted and organized laundry room…

Now before we get too far I’ll show you the bad… or what prompted this whole scene…

...we were not at all impressed...
…we were not at all impressed with this turn of events…

Normally we like to store our hot water in the hot water heater… not in the tray, on the floor and under the house, sadly it had other ideas…

And just for fun here’s the ugly…

...doesn't everyone keep their washer in their kitchen....??
…doesn’t everyone keep their washer in their kitchen….??
...the drying of the floor underneath and the corner behind that had never been painted...
…the drying of the floor underneath the water heater and the ugly corner behind it that had not been painted since 1973…I’m guessing…

Just keeping it real folks…

And now for the bonus, here’s what I learned this past weekend:

  • Don’t store your garden hose outside…hooked up to water… in the dead of winter…because if you need it to drain, say a water heater, it will pretty much be rendered useless…and you will be left running a bucket brigade
  • Whatever time you think it will take to complete a DIY project involving plumbing, multiply it by three… at least… unless you are a plumber…
  • Approaching any project with a good sense of humor and girl scout cookies after each small victory always ends up better than going into it angry and with no food… it also helps bolster morale to have one really confident party to keep reminding you that you can do this… Thanks honey : )
  • This method that I used for organizing my cabinets totally worked for a whole room… it’s just slightly more to step over in the emptying process when you have 17 cans of paint, 2 tool bags, a drill, coolers, rags, cat toys, light bulbs, batteries, books and flashlights strewn about your kitchen floor in their respective piles… seriously what am I doing with all that paint…??
  • Seize the day and the paint brush if the opportunity arises to paint behind an appliance that won’t be moved again for another decade… no really, just do it because while not a totally mandatory step, when it’s all said and done feeling fresh and clean, you’ll be happier than if you just ignored it… and glad that your husband suggested it… even if you have to live with the room looking like it’s in an identity crisis for a few days…
inbetween
…yep, found a use for one of those cans of paint…!

So this is why I chose to start with the good. It was exhausting taking everything apart and putting it back together. It was depressing initially to have to sacrifice twelve hours on a Saturday I would have rather spent thrifting or sleeping come midnight when we were moving the washer back into it’s home {…see 2nd point above…we are designers, not plumbers…}  But even things that seem bad can have a good side. Regardless of what we were doing, my husband reminded me that we still got to spend our day together. (He’s good like that – helping me keep my perspective…!) Leaky broken appliances have historically been a gigantic white flag waving horrible no good thing in my book, but this project gained us a sense of accomplishment in our DIY abilities, not to mention we have a clean and organized laundry room now as a byproduct… So maybe that breakdown was just the kick in the pants that we needed to beautify this space and make it more functional for our family…

So, if you have the choice (and you know we all do!) choose to start your next project and your next day with the good~ music, scripture, laughter or whatever that may be for you. Choose to start in a good mood. Chose to see the good even in a bad situation. Your family will thank you for it.

A wise woman builds her house; a foolish woman tears hers down with her own hands. ~ Proverbs 14:1

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