Rarely does anyone ever get excited about doing the laundry. But you can make it less of a chore by giving your humdrum laundry space some pizzazz, and making the task itself a little more efficient.
- Make the job easier by putting everything you need within reach.
A shelf directly above the washer and dryer can hold detergent, bleach and fabric softener, such as Ultra Downy®. A second shelf above that makes a great spot to store extra laundry supplies and other housecleaning items. A small shelf above the laundry tub is another handy idea for hand soap, liquid detergent for washing delicates and a spray bottle of water for ironing.
- Give a small space a big impact.
Turn a closet into a dream laundry room with stackable appliances on one side and a small length of countertop bracketed to the wall on the other. Add a shelf or two above for supplies and a hamper underneath. Keep the closet's original rod to create a convenient place to hang clothes inside your laundry room.
- Drying racks make a great addition to a laundry room.
If you're tight on room, you can make your own portable drying rack by attaching a large coated metal shelf to the wall with hinges and two lengths of rope (tied from the outer edges of the shelf to hooks installed on the wall above). Drop it down when you need it, and tie it back up when you're done.
Give It a New Spin
- Add a splash of color.
Laundry rooms don't have to be sterile and white. Consider a more soothing shade such as soft green, pale blue or yellow. A splash of color goes a long way to enhancing the mood of the room. And to dress up the place, add a fabric skirt to your laundry tub.
- Upholster the countertop for a personalized ironing board.
Top the surface with padding (a large, thick unused towel will do), cover the padded top with fabric (cotton works best) and then staple or hot glue the edge of fabric under the lip of the countertop.