If you have a dedicated laundry room, congratulations—you have a luxury that many people do not. However, small laundry room organization can present more challenges than the spaces themselves solve. Sure, they’re a place to house your washer and dryer, soak your heavily stained laundry and sort and fold your finished loads. But how can you make a small laundry room work for you?
Here are our best tips and tricks for making your laundry room beautiful and functional:
- Improve your storage: Storage is the number one way to improve your laundry room. Not only will everything look nicer when it’s put away in closed cabinets, but you’ll always know exactly where to look for whatever you need.
- Add great lighting: Another great way to make your laundry jobs easier—and get them done more efficiently—is to add better lighting. Swap out that builder-installed light fixture for something more to your taste. You might also want to add LED strips under the cabinets for additional lighting.
- Use lines for air-drying: Not all laundry goes in the dryer. Make sure to add a tension rod or clothing rack for air-drying purposes—and plenty of plastic hangers to support them.
- Get a lint bin for the trash: You can get a magnetic lint bin that will snap onto the side of your washer/dryer. It’s great for when you’re emptying the lint trap, but don’t have enough room in the laundry room for a dedicated trash bin.
- Add a shelf above the washer/dryer: Adding a shelf isn’t just functional—it will also help hide the hoses and cables that washer/dryers require. You can fill the shelf with décor, or use it to keep your most-used items handy.
- Make the most of your closet: If you have a linen closet in the laundry room, make the most of it. Install solid shelves, rather than wire shelves, and have it hold your towels, washcloths and other linens that you won’t necessarily be reaching for every day.
- Use bins and labels: When you’re dealing with smaller items, like stain remover and detergent bottles, use bins and labels to keep them organized. This will help you find items—even if you’re too short to see them without a stepladder—and will also help any guests locate what they need quickly.
- Don’t forget a stepstool: Speaking of being short, if you’re vertically challenged, don’t forget to stash a folding stepstool in your linen closet. You’ll be surprised at how handy it can really be.
- Try collapsible laundry baskets: Finally, think about using collapsible laundry baskets for your household. Not only do they fold up nicely (and hide away in your laundry room, when not full of your stinky teenager’s laundry), but having space-saving bins means you can use more of them. It’s a great opportunity to teach your kids how to sort laundry—and makes your job easier in the process.
Need help transforming your laundry room? For more small laundry room tips and tricks, or to get your project underway, call the team at Covenant Woodworks today.