Doing laundry isn’t the most interesting or creative thing you could do with your time, but since it’s got to be done, you may as well make it as convenient and easy as possible. Whether your washer and dryer are in the garage, in a closet, in a corner of the kitchen, or a spacious and sunny room dedicated to the task, there are so many ways to make it a stylish spot and the task as pleasant as it can be. *This post contains affiliate and/or sponsored links.
The first thing to do is make sure your equipment is up to snuff and working efficiently and properly. The most common things to go on washers are usually the hoses, so check them periodically for cracks that can lead to holes and, after that, floods. For other issues, don’t delay calling for washing machine repair to take care of small problems before they become big ones.
As for the dryer, of course you clean the lint trap every time you use it, but if you haven’t cleaned out the vents in a while (or ever), get to this relatively easy task and put it on your regular maintenance schedule. For how to do it, click here for tips from Bob Vila.
When it comes to the places where people do their laundry, the biggest complaints are lack of storage, lack of sorting and folding areas, and lack of space to hang things. Here are some ways to solve those problems
Cabinets and/or open shelves are the obvious solution for storing all the detergents, bleaches, stain removers, dryer sheets, lingerie bags, and other supplies that doing laundry calls for. If you can’t hang cabinets or shelving, rolling bins and carts can be your friends. Stash them where you can, and wheel them in when you need them.
Anything’s better than piling all your supplies on top of the machines and then juggling the space around them to open the washer or reach the controls. It’ll be a lot less annoying and you’ll enjoy the lack of visual clutter.
Sorting And Folding
If both your washer and dryer are front-loading, you can maximize the workspace and eliminate the gap between them by installing a shelf just above both machines. Attach it with brackets so it can be removed for access, if necessary.
If your washer is top-loading, you can still utilize a shelf over both machines if you hinge it to fold back on itself over the dryer while the washer is in use and flop it back over the washer when you’re ready to use it for folding dry clothes.
A stacked washer and dryer pose a different issue, but it’s relatively easy to rig up a simple surface that folds down from the wall when you need it. You can make your own, but some come ready-made.
One great tip for making the most of laundry room space to install a curtain rod or tension rod between cabinets or even wall-to-wall. Alternatively, you could hang a drying rack or even a towel rod or two high on a wall.
If you don’t have room for anything like those, try an over-the-door device that opens out to hold clothes hangers and folds down when not in use/Then put some hooks on the wall or on the back of the door. The big box stores have lots of choices and you can also find a wide variety online.
Doing laundry in a dimly lit space is irritating (is that sock black or blue?) and also sort of depressing. Add some task lighting or at the very least make sure the bulbs in your current fixtures are bright enough so you can see what you’re doing, especially if you don’t get to the laundry until the end of the day.
And Some Finishing Touches
There’s no reason your laundry area needs to be dull. In fact, it’s the perfect place to use a color you love but wouldn’t dream of using anywhere else in the house. Even if your laundry “room” is an alcove, paint it canary yellow or bright blue to life your spirits.
Paper a wall in a fanciful pattern or a scenic print. Hang a corkboard for posting your clippings from Hints From Heloise. Find a spot to include something cheerful. Whatever makes you smile!
I hope you found these Great DIY Laundry Room Tips to be helpful. Now I am off..to do some laundry!
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