It seems that each year I make a resolution to simplify our laundry routine. With a family of five, laundry piles tend form in the blink of an eye. However, there are a few things we have done that have really streamlined our process. For example, our dirty clothes go straight to the washer each day, we only sort out linens and delicate pieces. Over-sorting was causing multiple piles that needed attention at once and quickly cluttered our laundry zone. Another step that has helped us is to always keep extra hangers in the laundry room so we can fold and place items on hangers the moment they come out of the dryer. And finally, each member of the family has a small stackable basket that remains next to our dryer, so once the clothing comes out and is folded, it can be placed into each member’s basket to be put away.
Although over-sized laundry rooms are dreamy, there are many ways to organize and maximize a small laundry nook or closet to make it just as functional as a larger space.
The laundry alcove above is only a few feet wide, yet the storage is truly maximized to create an ultra-functional place to wash and fold laundry. Let’s take a closer look at some super simple ways to make the most of a small laundry space.
1. The optimal solution for maximizing storage is to go vertical. Consider adding rows of shelving that span all the way to the ceiling. Cabinets are a great alternative if the goal is to conceal visual clutter.
2. Create a stain removal tray. Research solutions for removing common household stains such as grass stains, wine spills, wax spots, makeup, etc… Put together a small bin or tray with a stain removal reference guide and correlating cleaners and store above the washer and dryer. This will allow you to treat the stain on the spot and increases the odds of saving your clothing, upholstery and carpets.
3. Install a hanging valet for your clothing. Whether hanging a delicate item to be washed separately or providing a place to air dry a blouse, a simple retractable rod saves space while adding hanging functionality.
4. A benefit of open shelving is that you can quickly see and access your items. Selecting wire baskets or clear bins to corral smaller products, will also take away from the guessing game.
5. Create a cleaning caddy for your home. By using a single bin or tote to transport your cleaning supplies from room to room, you cut down on the number of trips back to the cleaning cabinet.
6. Install a space saving ironing board holder on a nearby wall or over the laundry room door. Many of the amazing options also come with added storage for spray starch and distilled water.
7. Add a decorative basket to the top of the washer/dryer area for delicate items that must be washed separately.
8. Install a counter across the washer and dryer to provide a solid surface for storage and folding items straight out of the dryer.
Bonus tip: Decant your laundry detergents and cleaners into decorative storage containers to create a streamlined, clean look. Manufacturer’s product labels and colors quickly create visual clutter that take away from the esthetics of the space.