There are three rooms in the home in which efficiency is a must: kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Not only are they where the majority of your more utilitarian activities take place, they’re also the rooms that house the most stuff.
If you’re tired of a laundry room that is cluttered, overflowing, or lacking storage space and style, these 10 tips can give you a hand.
- De-clutter and Cleanse. The first step is to de-clutter and cleanse. If you have the room and the time, we recommend taking everything out – including your washer and dryer. Give it a thorough cleaning from top to bottom, and get rid of any junk, half-filled goopy bottles of detergent, etc.
- Paint it a bright color. There’s no reason your laundry room can’t becheerful, light, and bright. This may even inspire you to keep it organized once you’ve spent some time de-cluttering and sprucing it up. Plus, it could be years before you have your washer and dryer out of there again so take advantage of the full laundry room access and throw a new coat or two of paint on it.
- Upgrade the surfaces. Is it time for new flooring, countertops or wall protection? Use laminate or tile flooring to protect the floors from water damage. Consider using tile work on the walls around your sink and washer/dryer. Add a shelf or countertop if you don’t have them already top optimize your work space.
- Add countertop space. If you are making a switch from top-loading to front-loading machines, use this to your advantage. That extra room above is a perfect spot to add a countertop for sorting and folding. You’ll still have room for cabinets.
- Consider open shelving. If space is at a premium, install open shelving made from materials that are easy to wipe down and won’t be damaged by detergents and house cleaners.
- Use recessed niches. Between each of those wall studs is plenty of space for recessed niches that can be used for storage. This is another way to add storage to a small space without using cabinets or shelves that protrude into the space.
- Add a space to hang your clothes. If you have the room, make sure to implement at least a small space where you can hang your shirts, blouses, dress slacks, dresses, etc. This will keep them from getting wrinkled when you take them out of the dryer, provides a space for hang-drying when necessary, and gives you a holding-spot until you have time to put clothes away.
- Run cabinets to the ceiling. If you install cabinets, make them as functional as possible. Run them all the way up to the ceiling so you can take advantage of upper-cabinet space for holiday decorations, rarely-used serving platters and other incidentals you don’t need to access on a regular basis.
- Save some room for hampers. If you can, leave some under-cabinet or beside-the-cabinet space for laundry hampers. Ideally, you want to have a few so they can be moved in and out to trade with room hampers, or to keep your laundry separated from the get-go.
- Add a mudroom section. If your laundry room has access from the outside, or is used as an entryway by kids and family, create a space for everyone to deposit their things. If you have a large space, this can be part of your re-design. However, even small spaces can incorporate hooks and cubbies to keep things organized.
Laundry is a much more enjoyable chore when you have a stylish and organized space to do it in.