Laundry is a chore almost no one enjoys doing, yet it’s an important task in the home. The laundry room tends to be a space that doesn’t get the attention it deserves since it’s only for the homeowner; it’s not used for entertaining or even seen by others. That lack of attention can lead to frustrating clutter and other issues in the laundry room.
But there are ways to make laundry day more bearable. Whether you’re setting up a laundry room for your new home or you’re fed up with the current state of your laundry room organization, this guide will help you get things in order.
Install Cabinets and Counter Space
If you’re working from a blank slate, installing cabinets in your laundry room is an absolute game-changer. You can pick something rigid and fixed that matches your home’s kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, or you can go with a less permanent option with a fixed countertop and moving bins underneath.
A sink in the laundry area is a must, so incorporate this fixture into the counter space. A well-structured laundry room boosts your home’s value and appeal, so consider it an investment.
Declutter the Laundry Area
The laundry room shouldn’t be a dumping ground for all the stuff you don’t know what to do with. Find a permanent home for things that aren’t laundry-related. Your extra canning jars, bathroom tissue, and paper towels can take up residence elsewhere.
Lock up Detergents and Fabric Softeners
The Tide Pod challenge proved that laundry soap and other laundry supplies need to be secured properly. Put all your soaps and detergents in a bin that you can pull out when needed and stow away in locked storage when you don’t. Your cabinets are a great place to lock up your chemicals, and child locks are cheap and easy to install.
Get a Sorting Hamper
Having piles of dirty clothes all over the floor can obstruct the path to your washer and dryer, and inevitably something will find its way into the wrong pile. Buy a laundry-sorting hamper online or from your local hardware store to keep your dirty laundry off the floor and properly organized by color, fabric type, etc.
It’s super easy to just take the one hamper that you need straight to the washer, rather than dropping several socks or pairs of underwear as you make your way between your laundry piles and the washer.
Create a Laundry Basket Shelf
In most homes, it can take a while before clean laundry is put away. Rather than having two or three bulky baskets loitering on the floor for days (or weeks!), have a place to stow them vertically. Pinterest is full of ideas for DIY laundry basket holders that save floorspace in small spaces and keep your laundry room looking and feeling less cluttered.
Install a Foldaway Hanging Rack
Maybe you have dress clothes that are hang dry only, or you don’t want to risk shrinking your favorite sweater. Hanging clothes to dry is safer for delicates. But when space is at a premium and the weather doesn’t permit hanging laundry outdoors, you can still do it inside. Incorporate a foldaway hanging rack in your laundry room. Some mount to the wall and fold down when you need them, but for big households or lots of delicates, a multi-tiered drying rack that can be folded away when it’s not in use is a great item to have.