What YOU Love in Laundry Room Decor

Hmmm, laundry. That one constant in our lives! We may get it completed, but that feeling of victory is fleeting. Another day, another towel…. and practice uniform ….and comforter. You know what I’m talking about. So, if we can’t ever quite conquer laundry, how about instead creating some beautiful laundry room decor to make this chore more enjoyable?

I did some investigating on Pinterest and looked for what people LOVE in laundry room decor. After contemplating the various pins, I came to some conclusions – We LOVE photos of realistic laundry rooms. Many of the most popular images showed small spaces, tucked away in a closet or small room.

This is the reality in which most of us live. One image even shows a really pretty laundry room someone created in their basement- that’s real life, people! Just because your laundry room is small or in a less than desirable space doesn’t mean it has to be unorganized or ugly!!!!

We LOVE to dream about extravagant, huge laundry rooms as well. Even though we probably won’t ever get one of these super-duper LARGE laundry rooms in our houses, we can still take away laundry room decor inspiration from them, just on a smaller scale.

We LOVE an organized laundry room. Heaps of clean laundry on top of the washer and dryer and heaps of dirty laundry on the floor waiting for the open washing machine. How awesome to see beautiful photos of perfectly tidy, organized laundry rooms. Do these rooms always look like that? Probably not, but we can all dream, can’t we?

We LOVE a place to rinse, and sort, and hang and fold. Wouldn’t a little utility sink just be divine? I would love that in my laundry room. I do have a place to hang clothes, and kind of have a place to sort clothes, but the top of the washer and dryer just isn’t cutting it for folding clothes.

We LOVE to disguise the true purpose of the laundry room with some lovely laundry room decor tricks. Cabinet doors that close over the washer and dryer?- yes, please! A beautiful granite top to fold on?- okay! Shelving and baskets and cute décor?- all right!

You know what? I think I’ll just go and makeover MY laundry room while I give you time to check out all the beautiful photos here and dream of your laundry room makeover!!

Have you renovated your laundry room already? I’d love to see photos. Maybe I can even do an update to this post, featuring YOUR projects, but you’ve got to send me your pics first!!!

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How to make a quilt with your kids

A fun project, particularly for girls, although boys may enjoy it too, is sewing a basic quilt. My siblings and I grew up knowing how to sew because my mom was an excellent seamstress, but the art of sewing seems to be getting lost nowadays. Certainly, there are plenty of people who still do, but it isn’t often taught to children anymore, and that’s a shame because it can be fun and rewarding.
If you have a sewing machine, you can teach your kids the joy of making something on their own, if they’re old enough. If they enjoy it, maybe they’ll graduate to making clothing. But a basic quilt is a good place to start and is relatively simple.

Design the quilt

First, gather plenty of fabric. We always used clothing that we had outgrown or was so worn that it wasn’t presentable anymore. One advantage to that is then your “memory” quilt is a keepsake, with the pajamas you wore when you were 8 and your favorite shirt in junior high. (If you buy new fabric, wash it first.)

Cut them into squares as large or small as you want. We usually make the squares approximately 4 to 6 inches because it’s easy to get several of those out of a garment and they are manageable for learners.

Lay them out on the floor, creating whatever pattern you desire. You could do one fabric all along the border or two fabrics alternating. (There will also be a small border made of the backing fabric if you follow the instructions below.) The next row could be another two fabrics or you could do it completely random. You could make a starburst pattern, a large monogram in the middle, whatever you like.

Sew together the top

Once you have them laid out, then start sewing. Take the first two squares along one edge and put them face to face, sewing along one edge with an approximately 1/4-inch seam.

Repeat this with the next two squares. Then sew the sets of two squares to each other as well until you have an entire row. Do the same to make a second row.

Before sewing the two rows together face to face, you need to open those seams so they will lie flat. Set up the ironing board and iron the seams open. Do the same on each successive row, and when you sew two rows together, the seams will all be nice and flat.

Keep going like that until you have the entire face of the quilt sewn together.

Add backing and batting

Now cut your backing fabric. Generally, this is just one solid piece of fabric, often something nice and soft like flannel, and make sure it coordinates with the colors on the front. If you want a nice border that shows on the quilt top, make it two or three inches larger than the quilt top on all sides.

Lay the backing fabric face down on your work surface or the floor. Place a piece of batting the size of the quilt top on the backing fabric. Then lay your top-down, right side up. Make sure everything is nice and flat without bumps or wrinkles.
Now all that remains is to attach the three parts. To do that, first pin them together at regular intervals so they don’t shift, working from the middle out.

Then fold the backing fabric about half an inch and then fold it again over the top of the quilt and pin it down along all sides. You’ll have to pleat the corners.
Then stitch the top of the quilt along that border. These stitches will show, so try to keep it nice and straight. Older children should be able to do this step, but younger ones will need help, or you may prefer to do it for them.

Finishing touches

Next, you’ll need to make stitches in various places on the top so the batting stays in place between the two layers. This can be accomplished in several ways. One common way that would be good practice for children is to sew a button at the intersections of four pieces; not necessarily at every intersection but intervals.

Or if your sewing machine has decorative stitching, you could run the whole quilt through the machine, doing the stitching either all over or at intervals. You could also do a series of tiny hand-sewn stitches if you don’t want or need the decoration of stitching or buttons. Another option is to thread some matching yarn through a large needle, put the needle down through the quilt, back up, and then tie off the yarn.
If this first project goes well and the child enjoys it, they could try something a little more ambitious the next time, such as making each square out of two triangles to have even more options in making an interesting pattern.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I love sweet potatoes! They are an excellent source of vitamin A and Fiber! I make a batch on the weekends to add to lunches or dinners! I drizzle with honey for my toddler…she loves anything drizzled with honey or sprinkled with sugar!!

  • Cut raw sweet potatoes in 1/4 inch half circles (I use organic because I keep the on the skin for added fiber)
  • Coat with Olive Oil, salt, pepper, and cinnamon
  • Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes! This creates a soft, but not squishy texture!

How to Keep Your Toddler Entertained While Waiting

It’s always my mission to try to avoid a meltdown when we’re out and about. There’s nothing better than a kid kicking, screaming, crying, and/or throwing himself on the floor while everyone in the store is staring at you like you are the Worst Parent Ever. We’ve all been there…or will be at some point. It’s just inevitable!

Here are the things that I’ve found work for us:

Keep your toddler’s schedule in mind: My son has always been a routine kid…he loves it…I love it…it works for us. I tend to make appointments or run errands when I know it will work for him.

Make sure you have snacks: Before I go anywhere, I pack a sippy cup, Plum pouch, and Goldfish/Cheerios/etc. When in doubt, fill them with snacks!

Have special toys on hand: I carry a coloring book, colors, and a ziplock bag of small cars and action figures in my purse. I tend to only let him have these particular toys when we are out (not at home so they stay in my purse). And I tend to only pull out one trick at a time, as I need it.

Never leave home without your iPhone: Kids love phones. I have all kinds of kiddie apps – flashcards, Talking Tom, anything that might be the slightest bit entertaining for the boy. I have a folder on my phone for just his apps. I also have a few movies on there that he can watch when I’m really in a bind. YouTube is a lifesaver too!

Set your priorities: Let’s face it…your errand time with a toddler is limited. So I run my important errands first when he’s more likely to be in a good mood. That way if he has a breakdown, I at least accomplished my priorities (hopefully).

Know when to call it quits: Some days you just need to cut your losses and try another time!

What kind of tips/tricks are in your arsenal???