can really improve my mental state! I was reading one of the blogs I read and saw where she had updated her laundry area. I didn't take any "before" pictures, but suffice it to say, my before was 20 times worse than hers was - LOL! When I got home from work, I decided to clean and freshen up my area a bit. It is a laundry "closet" in my kitchen. Because my dryer vents into that area (for various reasons we cannot vent it anywhere else), all of the lint gets all over everything! I threw out tons of old cookbooks and cookbook pamphlets (those ones they sell at the check out line). They were wet from all of the dryer heat and filled with lint. I cleaned up the cookbooks I kept (which are the ones I use all the time)... I hung a few little items on the wall - the santa and the "smile" sign (which is really a photo holder that I got for a dollar at Michaels)! The photo holder hangs right on the nail in the wall! I already had a little hanging basket to threw my lint into (that I clean out from the front of the dryer). Then I bought a cute Easter basket to hang above it and this is where I'm keeping my dryer sheets now. And I bought another Easter basket to put my laundry soap bottles into. I cleaned off the shelves of all the lint that was all over them. I am going to do this every month now to keep on top of it.... On the wooden shelf where I used to store other cleaners and bleaches and stain removers, I put a lantern with a candle in it (for show only) - and then yesterday I bought the little pot of colorful zinnias to put next to it. I can't have them out too far on the shelf as the clothes come from the laundry shoot within inches of the shelf! I had the dishtowels and dish rags just sitting on the shelf, but I found two baskets that I had here - cleaned them up - and now I have one for the towels and one for the rags! I also plugged in a little nightlight by the washer and had that turned on while I was doing laundry last night. Made it a bit easier to see in there and gave a nice "glow" to the area while I was washing and drying away! Just tiny changes that don't add up to much when you look at it, but if you could have seen it before, you would know why it has made a huge change for me every time I open those closet doors!