5 Ideas for Sorting Out Your Laundry Room

Written by Rick Lyrek of Closets For Life
Updated June 15, 2020
washer and dryer with shelves beside and above
Think about designing your laundry room like you would for any other room. (Photo courtesy of Whirlpool)

Your laundry room doesn't have to be drab. Spruce it up!

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Let's face it, no one wants to spend time in the laundry room, but we really don't have a choice. So why not put some effort into making this space a more efficient and pleasant place to be in?

Here are five ideas to get you started.

1. Spice up your laundry room with color and pattern

Your laundry room is one of the few rooms in your house where you can get away with something outside your normal color range and theme, so have some fun with it! That may mean a fun eye-popping color scheme or something tranquil and serene. It's up to you.

Whatever you choose, make sure your choices make you happy to enter the room.

2. Short on space?

Here are three great space saving ideas to maximize your laundry room storage:Install a pull-down closet rod. This will give you space to hang clothes right out of the dryer and then easily folds out of your way when you don't need it.Add a counter above your washer and dryer. If you have a front-loading washer and dryer, installing a counter over the top of your units will provide an ultra convenient folding space exactly where you need it.Utilize the space between your machines. Some storage shelves are designed to fit perfectly between your washer and dryer. This is a great place to store laundry supplies that stays out of sight when not in use.

3. Add a laundry room island

If you have a large laundry room and if you have the space, a custom-designed island can feature pull-out laundry sorting bins, custom-sized shelves designed to hold laundry baskets and a great laundry-folding surface.

4. Add wall cabinets for storage

Install wall-mounted cabinets to store cleaning supplies. The laundry room is a perfect place to store all of your cleaning supplies. Cabinets keep them out of sight and away from little hands.

5. Designate spaces for everything!

Use bins and baskets to keep each item in its designated area. Clearly label or color-code the baskets to make it easy for everyone in the family to keep the laundry room in tip-top shape.

About this Experts Contributor: Rick Lyrek is the owner of Closets For Life, a custom organization company based in Minneapolis. Closets For Life works with residential clients as well as designers, builders and architects to create innovative storage solutions for all organizational needs including laundry rooms, closets, offices, garages, pantries, wine cellars and Murphy beds. You can follow the company on Google Plus

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