Making Room...in the Laundry Room

Its laundry day! Or is everyday laundry day? Do you have a laundry routine? Towels on Tuesday? Darks on Thursday? Or are you a weekend warrior when it comes to this necessary chore?

One of the things makes doing laundry so much more of a chore than it already is may be due to the disorganization that easily surrounds it. Clothes piled up in multiple areas or spilling out of hampers, and detergents and supplies stored on the floor near the washer and dryer does adds to the overwhelming feeling of a never-ending job. A little organization goes a long way when it comes to doing the laundry.

Space Savers for the Laundry Room

Laundry rooms can be quite small, but organization can reign even in the smallest of spaces. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1.       Sort, sort, sort. Make it easy for everyone in the family to follow along with baskets designated for each category of laundry. Give the room a unified look and add a little personality with the same type baskets for sorting the wash. When the room looks put together, you just might enjoy the task.

2.       Wash, dry and fold. A folding station can be a simple counter mounted over side-by-side machines. A drop down folding station secured to a wall kicks up function and efficiency especially in the smallest of areas.

3.       Roll laundry supplies out of sight but easy to reach using a slim rolling cart. There are lots of styles to choose from that can fit in between machines, so be sure to take measurements and choose what’s best for your space.

4.       Use open shelving or a hanging rack system placed on the back of a door. Both are good options to keep washing supplies organized and easily available. Zone the shelf space and use containers to keep categories together.

5.       Mount closet rod brackets under a shelf and create an instant air-drying station for anything that needs to be hung. Tension rods can be used for the same purpose. They come in a variety of lengths and are super easy to install. A valet rod is a simple and effective means of adding hanging space, too.

6.       If you do your ironing (do you do your ironing?) in the laundry room, you will of course need space to store the iron, board and related supplies. A full-size ironing board takes up little space when hung on a wall. Ironing board holders often come with a platform for the iron, or you can install a wire basket just above it. 

Very often, the space given to washers and dryers can be very small. You may have little more than a shelf above or on the wall space next to them. Here is where you’ll want to make the most of every inch. Use labeled containers to group supplies especially if that shelf is doing double duty like storing other home utility supplies, paper goods and the like. And, don’t overlook the ceiling. A hanging drying rack can be mounted there as well as a retractable clothesline for immediate use to air-dry laundered items.

Don’t forget to check the pockets!