One of the most overlooked rooms in the house is the laundry. It’s not usually the wow-factor or make-or-break of a home, especially if you’re building. As long as there’s enough space to accommodate for the bulkier appliances such as the washing machine and dryer, the laundry is assumed to have fulfilled its purpose. However, this underrated area can cater for more than just a mountain of dirty clothes and muddy shoes and it should look the part too. With a few low-cost purchases and fittings, your laundry won’t be a room that always has to have the door closed! Here are some simple tricks to keep an organised and functional space.
Invest In Hampers & Baskets With Lids
Yes, the lids are quite specific. When you have lids on your hampers rather than an open top, you won’t be able to let it overflow with clothes. Well, you can, but you’ll know it’s time for a load! Opting for multiple medium-sizes baskets as well will mean you won’t be rummaging through your hamper to gather the whites, towels, socks and so on. Label your baskets and separate the dirty items when they get to the laundry. It’ll take time off an already dreaded chore. Encourage the family to get the hang of it too.
Dedicate Cupboard Space To The Iron
Whether you use a traditional iron and ironing board or a tall steam iron, these appliances demand a lot of space. Instead of keeping them out or leaning against the wall (which is a hazard!), dedicate the tallest space in your cupboard to these electrical items. If you don’t have an existing cupboard, purchase one that is slim enough to not take a chunk out of your room but wide enough to fit the ironing accessories. If you keep your mop and vacuum in the laundry too, keep that in mind when shopping for storage furniture.
Label Containers & Jars
Instead of keeping detergent and other cleaning products aimlessly and randomly placed on shelves, disperse them into jars and containers. Once labelled, these containers will be much easier to find and will look even more organised in your space. Choose containers of the same or similar size and ones that stack if you’re strapped for storage. Not only will they make products clearer to see (especially glass containers), they will also let you keep track of when something is running low and needs a refill. No one likes to open a detergent box to find all the powder gone or worse – no box at all!
Install Floating Shelves
Another solution for adding more storage without boxing up the laundry room is floating shelves. They are inexpensive and easy to install. Place them above your washing machine or even the toilet if you have one in the laundry, and store the jars mentioned earlier as well as air-freshener and anything else you want! Floating shelves add function and style to your space. They come in multiple colours and add character to an otherwise bland room.
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