Laundry Room Storage Solutions

The laundry room is often a neglected space in most homes. It’s often tucked away and surrounded by open wires and pipes. The walls are gray and unfinished and often without a window. The result, of course, when a room is as depressing as most laundry rooms is that no attention or time is spent on the space. Oh sure maybe a wire shelf is hung on the wall so the laundry detergent and supplies have a space but that’s usually about as far as laundry room organisation goes.

Unfortunately when a laundry room is a dismal and disorganized mess no one wants to spend any time in there. Laundry ends up pouring out of the room. You’ll find clean baskets of clothes unfolded and sitting in rooms for days, weeks even. The clean gets mixed with the dirty and the end result is laundry chaos. However, when a laundry room is organised and pleasant to be in, laundry gets done, folded and put away happily.

The essentials of a laundry room:

A laundry room has a few essentials. They include laundry detergent, dirty clothes hampers, drying racks and a folding surface. You may even store your ironing board and iron. You’ll also want baskets to store and deliver the clean clothes.

Storage Ideas

Colorful painted shelving can be added to store laundry supplies. Consider using a small storage bin to keep the laundry detergent, dryer sheets and stain removal items organised. A narrow cupboard can be added to house the drying rack, ironing board and iron. And the surface of the dryer can be covered to provide a surface for folding clothes.

Instead of buying a tall freestanding hamper consider purchasing one that is housed in a cupboard. Then you have extra storage space and a place for your dirty clothes. And don’t forget the trash can for lint removal and all the fun junk found in pockets. You can find these cupboards and smaller storage areas by shopping in the cabinet area of your local home store. Consider also looking at the kitchen cabinets. Often the floor cabinets are small and just the right size for a small laundry room.

Have a jar to collect coins – and any dollar bills – and then treat yourself to something special when the money builds. A great way to reward yourself for all those endless baskets of laundry you do every week.

Dedicate a basket or small bucket to store any single socks you find.  This way all your odd socks are in one place so when its matching pair pops up, you can easily pair them up again.

The fun extras

Making a laundry room welcoming is as simple as painting the walls a bright welcoming colour. Finally, so that people will want to stick around to iron, fold and sort clothing consider adding an element of entertainment. Add a wall mounted television, iPod speakers or other media element to entertain while chores are being done.

The laundry room doesn’t have to be a dismal, depressing and cluttered space. Find simple storage solutions using bright shelving, storage containers and simple cabinetry found at your local home store. Add a splash of color with paint, incorporate media and watch the laundry chores turn into a pleasant pastime.