Control That Laundry Room Chaos
Laundry is one of those household chores that everyone has to do, but it’s such a pain to do it. It requires a level of organization that doesn’t come naturally to everyone. With all the sorting, washing, drying, hanging, folding, sorting (again) and putting away, it can easily become one big mess if you’re not careful.
One way to improve the process and make this chore a lot less irritating is to design a laundry room that is organized and functional. By creating storage and task-specific workspaces, your laundry room can actually work for you.
Most laundry rooms are small, which means you need to optimize your use of space. Rather than taking up precious floor space, take advantage of your vertical spaces. This means adding storage to the walls and to the back of the door.
Put up shelves to store your detergent, bleach, fabric softener, dryer sheets/balls, stain remover, iron and other supplies. For the back of the door, you can attach storage baskets and racking to organize cleaning supplies and other small items that would otherwise clutter up a counter.
Not only do many of our clothing items have warnings on the label to not tumble dry them, but using the dryer a lot can also use up a lot of electricity. Save on energy costs and prevent damage to your wardrobe by air-drying a lot of your laundry.
Make that easy by installing a drying rack. You can install a drying rack by hanging one from the ceiling, to once again save floor space. You can also have a rod installed, if you have a space where one can fit, and put hangers on it.
In addition to having lots of cupboards, shelves and storage bins, you also need a decent-sized counter. The counter will serve as a folding station or a place to set laundry baskets, so that you don’t have to bend down constantly when putting in loads and taking them out. This can be either in the form of an island, with cupboards below, or as a built-in unit with a countertop. It will all depend on your available space and the size and shape of the room.
Separate the space
If your laundry room isn’t actually a room, but rather an area within a larger space, you might want to create some separation using curtains or a sliding barn door. This way you can keep it contained, private and more organized.
When there is no divide, it’s easy for clothes to start spilling out into the rest of the room — making it look messy. When everything is contained, you will be more likely to keep it organized.
Buy pedestal drawers
The two things that take up the most space in your laundry room are the washing machine and the dryer. Seeing as though these are essential, you cannot get rid of them. However, they now sell pedestals for these. This means the appliances sit on top of a riser — and that riser has a drawer! This is a great way to add extra storage without cluttering the floors.
Hope some of these inspire you to give your laundry room a makeover! Even some small changes can make all the difference in the world.