It’s often one of the last targets of a home improvement plan, but certainly one that deserves much more attention – the laundry room. Whether you use it on a weekly or a daily basis, adding just a few organizational elements can dramatically reduce your laundry “chore time.”
Gone are the days of the washboard and hand wringer, but just because we have it better than our great-grandparents doesn’t mean we don’t still loathe the endless task of cleaning our clothes and linens. Part of the challenge is just getting organized and having a proper place for everything. Let’s take a look at ways you can improve the room’s efficiency so you can get the laundry done faster and get back to the things you enjoy.
- Cabinets and Shelving: A kitchen remodeling contractor could get these installed in a snap. Cabinets are great for storing your laundry supplies like soap, fabric softener, bleach, stain removers and dryer sheets. Plus, a locked cabinet would keep these hazards safe from curious young children. Shelves can be used for a few extra towels or a temporary place for folded clothes.
- Countertops: After the load comes out of the dryer, it helps immensely to have a surface for folding. The stacks of clean clothes on the counter can then be transferred to a basket assigned to each room or person. If your washer and dryer sit side-by-side, the counter can be installed right over the top of them. Even a short counter next to a stacked set is helpful.
- Ironing Boards: A laundry room is the perfect place to store your ironing board. Some homeowners hang an ironing board on the wall for storage, but we also like the idea of a fold down ironing board mounted to the wall. No wrestling with the set-up; just pull down, use and then fold back up again when finished. Make sure you have an available electric outlet nearby, and store your iron on a wall mounted wire rack to save space.
- Other Helpful Accessories: Because you may need to air dry some items of clothing, install a small rod for hangers, as well as some hooks. A retractable clothes line or fold-up drying rack is also a good option.
If you have the space, including a utility sink is a great idea for hand washing delicate articles of clothing.
For more ideas on designing a functional laundry room, call or visit your local home improvement contractor.