It’s time to think about my laundry room. Last week I showed you a few snap shots of how it looks right now…a bit of a mess. I have been thinking about what I can do to improve the space, including making it more user-friendly.
I quickly sketched some ideas on a scrap piece of paper with the idea of taking a wall down and unstacking the washer and dryer as well as adding shelving, storage and organizational tools.
As usual, this got me flipping through some issues of Martha Stewart Living, as over the years we have covered every inch of the laundry room whether it is a tiny closet (ahem) or a spacious basement. I have put together a photo gallery of inspiring images.
First, here is an important list everyone should follow:
ORGANIZING A LAUNDRY ROOM
1. Arrange products and supplies according to how you use them. Anything you regularly need should be within easy reach; place extras and incidentals on a high shelf or another out-of-the-way spot.
2. Decant detergents from large boxes and jugs into smaller containers or soap boxes; refill as needed.
3. Store small supplies in boxes or bins: Place stain-removal products in one, sewing materials in another, and sponges in a third. Have rags on hand for spills.
4. Sort whites, colors, delicates, and heavily soiled items in bins or rolling carts. (I do this in my closet.)
5. If you don't have room for a surface for folding, affix a fold-down shelf to the wall.
6. Keep a drying rack handy for drip-dry items.
7. Attach an ironing-board hanger to the wall so the board and iron are secure and out of the way but easily accessible.
8. Install a rod in the laundry room on which to hang clothes as you iron; or install a hook over the top of a door to serve the same purpose.
9. Keep clothes hangers and mesh bags for delicates with your cleaning supplies or in a nearby cabinet.
10. Use free space to store basic tools, and other cleaning essentials.
Finally, here is what my new laundry closet looks like. Now I just have to think about shelving, storage ideas and organizational tools.
Send me photos of your laundry space. Is it an inspiration or does it need help?