If you’ve got kids who play sports, I’ll bet there are days when you feel like “laundry is my life”. There are always dirty uniforms to wash.
Add teenage girls to the mix who try on twenty seven outfits (that all end up on the floor) and you’re really spending lots of time in the laundry room.
So, how do you design and organize things so they’re not only more efficient, but more aesthetically pleasing?
Here are some ideas for you:
One of the most functional things to include in a laundry room is a closet rod that can serve as a space to hang clothing as you’re taking it out of the dryer. It can also serve as a place to air dry items you don’t want to put in the dryer.
The best location for this hanging rod is a section above either the washer or dryer. If you have enough room, building out a section next to the appliances also works well. It allows more vertical space for longer garments and can be easier for shorter people to reach.
The second most important element is a space to fold things. Think about how laundromats are designed. There are plenty of horizontal spaces that allow for folding and then stacking the clothing items. It makes a huge difference in being able to be efficient and organized with your laundry (all while getting the kids to come help by putting away their own clothing).
Of course, easily accessible shelves for cleaning products and stain treatment are integral. They can be behind a door or open. Shallow shelving works best so smaller bottles don’t get lost. And even most Costco-size containers of laundry detergent will fit on a 14” deep shelf.
Perhaps you also like to iron in the laundry room. If so, either hang your ironing board on an organizer so it’s easy to get at or leave several inches next to your appliances so you can easily slide it in and out for easy ironing.
Hooks are a simple solution that pack a powerful punch. You can use them for laundry bags or mops and brooms or even to help with hanging space for garments on hangers. Put them on the walls anywhere you’ve got a few available inches of space.
And if you’re lucky enough to have more than a few inches of space for your laundry room, it’s a great place to “trick things out” like we’ve done for some home owners in the area. Take a look and see for yourself.