When you think of all the rooms in your home you’d like to improve, your laundry room might not be at the top of your list. You might not go into the laundry room on a daily basis, but ultimately, everyone has to do laundry and having a nice, organized space to do it in can make it less of a chore.
The good news is that finding ways to fix up your laundry room doesn’t have to mean making big, expensive renovations or buying all new appliances. Think about how you do laundry and the time you spend in your laundry room. Is there anything that could make the process more efficient? There are lots of ways you can spruce up your laundry room and make it easier to get the job done without breaking the bank.
Get a Table or Counter
One thing every laundry room should have (aside from a washer and dryer, of course) is a flat surface to fold clothes on. After all, you don’t want to give your freshly washed clothes time to get wrinkled while you bring them to another room where you’ll have more room to fold them. Besides, that just creates more work for you.
Installing a counter where you have room to can make your job a lot easier. Some people who have side-by-side front-loading washers and dryers like to install countertops right over the top of their washer and dryer. Or instead of installing a counter, you could always get a table to use instead. If you have an old table that fits the space and isn’t being used anymore, you’re all set!
A Place to Hang Clothes
If your laundry room doesn’t already have an area to hang clothes, you’ll definitely want to get one. There are a lot of different ways you can go about adding one, depending on how much space you have to work with. If you don’t have a lot of room, you can always go with a rack that hangs from the ceiling or wall. For laundry rooms with a little more space, there are several different styles of drying racks and garment racks available that can easily be found at stores like Target and Bed Bath & Beyond. Or for something different, you can always make a good old fashioned clothesline with a piece of rope.
Maximize Your Wall Space
Laundry rooms aren’t typically one of the most spacious rooms in the house, so it’s smart to make the most of the space that you do have. In this case, finding ways to optimize their wall space is a good option. Wall shelves are a great way to do this and are usually pretty easy to install yourself. That way, your laundry detergent, fabric softener, and other cleaning products will be easy to grab anytime you need them.
Do you tend to have a lot of ironing to do? If so, you might want to look into getting a wall-mounted ironing board. That way, your ironing board will always be right there when you need it, but can very easily be moved out of the way when you don’t need it.
Pedestals for Washers and Dryers
Do you have a front-loading washer and dryer? You might want to consider getting elevated pedestals for them. These pedestals not only help raise your washer and dryer, making them more comfortable to use, they also have drawers for extra storage.
Baskets, Bins, and Other Storage Containers
Having a way to keep your different loads of laundry separated will help make laundry day a lot easier. Whether you prefer to use baskets, storage bins, or another type of storage container, it’s completely up to you! You can even have a separate container for all those random lone socks, for clothes that need special care, or things that get found in pockets. If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market soon, you might want to consider putting some effort into making sure your laundry room is in good shape. A home with a separate laundry room is one of the top features homebuyers are currently looking for in a new home. But even if your home doesn’t have a separate laundry room, making sure the laundry area you do have looks as efficient as possible can help make a good impression on a potential homebuyer.