In a perfect world, you would be able to perform the following functions in your laundry room: sort, wash, dry, fold and iron your clothes.
Laundry rooms are usually small, so it helps to “think vertically” in order to take advantage of all available space.
Here are a few tips to help organize a small laundry room:
- Install shelves or cabinets above the washer and dryer to store cleaning supplies.
- If you have a shelf above the washer and dryer, you can add baskets to conceal the supplies and help the room look neat.
- Consider having a place to hang clothes that need to be air-dried. A tension rod for the shower works well because you can adjust it to the width you need. There are also over-the-door drying racks that will do the job as well.
- If you have room, add a 3-compartment laundry center and have each family member sort their clothes into whites, lights and darks. Some laundry centers have folding shelves or ironing boards attached to them.
- You could add a fold-down ironing board to the wall or hang an ironing board from the back of the laundry room door.
- If you have front-loading appliances, put one long counter across the top to fold clothes and keep socks from falling in between the washer and dryer.
- If you have a decent amount of space in your laundry room, add a freestanding organizer or a rolling caddy that fits between the washer and dryer to store needed supplies.
- Post a stain-removal guide somewhere in the laundry room for quick referral.
- Don’t forget to add a small trash can to the room to throw away lint, fabric softener sheets and empty cleaning containers.
Once you organize your laundry room, you will be able to get the laundry done faster and maybe, just maybe, you’ll actually look forward to laundry day! 😉
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