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Last Updated on July 7, 2017 by Diane Hoffmaster
One of my least favorite chores to do around the house is laundry. I have suggested a number of times to my family that we adopt nudity as a way of life just so I can stop washing clothes. Too bad they don't really think that is such a great idea. If your family goes through as many clothes as we do, these laundry room organization ideas may be just the thing you need!
Easy Laundry Room Organization Ideas
Between regular clothes, sheets and towels, workout clothes and all the things my daughter throws in the laundry that are actually CLEAN, I think I spend half of my life in the laundry room. Our laundry room is not some giant, spacious room like you see in magazines. It is a very tiny room that two people cannot comfortably fit into once the washer and dryer are in place. I do what needs to get done in there and leave. Choosing to ignore the dull white walls covered with scuff marks, the warped flooring, and the crowded shelves.
I am never going to actually ENJOY doing laundry but there is no reason the room needs to look like a prison cell, right? I decided to make laundry room organization a priority while also making the room LOOK more attractive. Here are a few laundry room organization ideas to keep in mind if you are upgrading your laundry space
When planning your laundry room organization ideas, the first thing to do is clean out the room as much as possible. Make sure you turn off the water and unplug things from the electrical outlets. Sweep the floors and wipe up laundry detergent spills before getting started.
Paint the walls an inviting color
Skip white and beige...they are rather dreary and depressing. Instead go with something bright and lively. Maybe a bright yellow or a grassy green. Choose a paint that will cover the walls with only one coat. You really don't need a high gloss paint unless people are running around your laundry room getting dirty fingerprints on the walls. Since no one else in my family actually even enters the laundry room, the walls stay pretty clean. A flat paint is a good choice for laundry room walls.
Add in laundry hampers
If your family is not too laundry challenged, place several laundry hampers in your laundry room. One for whites, one for darks, and one for everything else. That way you can skip the sorting when it is time to do laundry. I did not have the space for more than 2 but when I had only one and got backed up on laundry, things would end up in piles on the floor. At least with 2 laundry hampers I can keep the piles slightly more contained.
Make sure your space is well lit
Unfortunately, I have no windows in my laundry room but I do have a very bright overhead light to work by. If your laundry room is on the dark and dreary side, mount a light on the wall to help make things a bit more cheery in there.
If you don't already have shelving, put some in
Storage space is always at a premium in my laundry room and the shelves were a cluttered mess. The first step in implementing a few laundry room organization ideas was to clean off shelves and reorganize. Baskets are a big help in controlling our rag collection and I made room on the shelf to store all the laundry products like detergent, stain remover and my homemade dryer sheets.
Mount whatever you can
Laundry room organization is a lot easier when you don't have a lot of STUFF cluttering up the room and floor. Wall mounted ironing boards and irons can be a real space saver. Install a cabinet over your washer or dryer to store your sewing kit, manuals for your washer and dryer, or whatever else doesn't seem to have a home. Mount hooks and/or towel racks on the back of the door to hang things out of site. Be creative and use every available space.
Make a lost and found basket:
I have a pile of socks on my dryer that seem to be missing their mates. Keep a basket handy that all of the 'extras' can live in until their matching friend shows up.
Organize a cleaning supply bucket:
It is much easier to clean your house if your cleaning supplies are organized and in one place. Place all your cleaning supplies in a bucket with handles that is easy to carry from room to room.
Consider adding a wall mounted chalk board:
Wall mounted chalk boards are handy for taking note of things that are running out or listing who is in charge of what chore each week. Assign laundry tasks to other family members to take the load off of YOU
Add a touch of whimsy:
To give your laundry room a bit of personality, add a simple phrase or a picture of your family in a frame that you mount on the wall. Nothing says your laundry room can't have a personality of it's own!
I hope these laundry room organization ideas have inspired you to get into your own dirty laundry domain and start adding a bit of life. Even just a simple coat of paint can do wonders for the way a room looks. I was a bit intimidated at the idea of painting a room...I am a pretty novice painter! But the laundry room is the perfect place to practice your painting skills because honestly, who else is going to see it but you?
Do you have any other laundry room organization ideas?
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.