One of my tasks for this week was to venture into the black hole that is the utility room and declare war on the mess. I battled with the mess in the autumn and won but unfortunately the utility room has been a dumping ground for stuff that we don’t know what else to do with for so long that six months on it is a mess again.
I’ve seen so many beautiful laundry rooms on Pinterest I’m determined to make ours if not beautiful then at least less manky.
In the last War of the Utility Room I did not tackle the bags of stuff that were hanging on the back of the door. My main objective was to clear it up enough to be able to admit a man who could fix the boiler, so this was a job that was overdue!
Most of the mess was carrier bags. Some of them had stuff in them. Most of the stuff was rubbish. So stuff that was rubbish went in the bin, stuff that was not rubbish went away, leaving me with a pile of plastic bags.
Now I know it would be a good thing to go bag free. Apparently turtles mistake them for jelly fish and they take forever to biodegrade. However I do actually use plastic bags a lot: for nappies, for rubbish, for clearing up cat sick, for putting clothes in that have been weed on/ pooed on/ sicked on/ are wet/ are filthy, as a dry patch on a wet bench, for wellies, for shoes, even for shopping sometimes.
The plastic bags were living in another plastic bag, but this had spread to a couple of other plastic bags, a rucksack and the floor. Needless to say none of the beautiful laundry rooms on Pinterest had plastic bags spilling out onto the floor.
What my manky old utility room needed, among other things, was some pretty plastic bag storage. Thankfully I had some pretty fabric that had just arrived from internet land so I set about making some.
Here’s how to make a pretty plastic bag storage bag.
1. From some pretty cut a rectangle approximately 64 cm x 56 cm. Then cut a strip 56 cm x 12 cm. Or near enough. I cut the bits out first and then measured them afterwards ;).
2. Fold the strip in half. Fold the raw edges into the middle, then fold it in half again so that the raw edges are enclosed. Sew up the open edge, folding the short edges up inside.
3. Take the large rectangle and fold one of the short edges down 2 cm and sew. This is to make casing for elastic. Repeat with the other short edge.
4. With the wrong sides together, fold the fabric in half so that the remaining raw edges are touching and the casings are at the top and the bottom. Pin the strip half way along taking care to avoid the casing. Pin the other end of the strip onto the other side. Sew in place.
5. With right sides together, sew the raw edges together leaving the casings open.
6. Thread 15 cm of elastic through each of the casings. Tie the ends together.
7. Turn it right way out and stuff with plastic bags!
I’ve actually made two of these, one for strong plastic bags and one for bags that get used for nappies and stuff.
I’m one step closer to having a non manky utility room!