The “Zen” Laundry Room

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Our laundry room has been on my to-do list for 19 months. It was a horrible golden color and was our catch-all for dirty clothes (of course), unsorted mail, shoes, puzzles, batteries, tools, cleaners, and dust. I finally went to Lowes and bought a gallon of Olympic “Zen” paint and got to work. Before work I cleared the room of everything, and as soon as I got back home I spent two hours painting. That’s all it took – two hours! 19 months…. I have always wanted a utility sink in a laundry room, and thankfully this house had the hookups already. It was a week long project because what simple plumbing project is actually simple and quick? But we did it!

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My least favorite house-hold task is laundry. I don’t mind the washing, because I detest piles of dirty clothes. Folding, however, is a beast. So my tendency was to let the clean clothes sit in the dryer as long as possible and close the door on baskets of clean laundry. Having a room that is an eye sore and full of clutter, is an invitation for procrastination and denial. Yesterday, I went back to Lowes and got this planter for $3.88 and planted a few Golden Pothos to make the room more inviting and zen-like (see a past article on house hold plants here: I’ve transformed the laundry room into a place that invites me in, rather than invites the chaos in. Redecorating and reinventing a space in your home doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking, and it doesn’t have to wait 19 months. It can cost as much as a gallon of paint, a few hours of your time organizing and painting, and a new plant.

Happy cleaning (and laundering)!



  1. Lindsey said:

    Very nice Hallie! We’re hoping to gut and redo our laundry room sometime in the next year. Any idea how to incorporate a cat liter box into the room without it taking over? I think our laundry room is a similar size just configured a little different.

    August 10, 2016
  2. Bethany said:

    I love this. It does look “zen” and welcoming for the not-so-loved chores 🙂 This is very motivating for me to get started one just one simple space, just one, that I prefer to ignore rather than transform. Thank you!!

    August 10, 2016
  3. Jennifer Cruse said:

    I need to do this and you may have just given me the “push” I’ve needed. Looks great, thanks!

    August 10, 2016

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