The laundry room is one of the most used rooms in the house, yet it receives the least amount of attention when houses are being built or designed. This neglect can create a love/hate dynamic between you and your laundry room. Maybe you’ve banished it to the basement, combined it with the kitchen, or crammed it into a tiny hallway closet. Maybe you’ve decided to take a break from laundry altogether. After all, dragging heavy baskets to and from the washing machine has made doing the laundry even more of a chore. So how can you improve the relationship between you and your laundry room? Follow these tips to love your laundry room.
Climbing mountains of laundry just to get to your machine isn’t unheard of. In an ideal world, your laundry would go straight from the hamper into the washing machine. Unfortunately, this just doesn’t happen. Piles of dirty clothes cover the floor, and baskets of clean laundry may sit on top of the dryer for days. So make sure you plan for these space-takers. Aside from the major appliances, you have to make room for clothes, baskets, a hamper or two, detergent, bleach, fabric softener, a bin for pocket findings, the iron and ironing board, and a rack and hangers for drip-dry clothing.
It might sound like a good idea at first, but don’t combine your laundry room with other main rooms. No laundry room/kitchen/bathroom/home office, etc. Laundry rooms produce high amounts of humidity, dust, lint, vapors from cleaning solutions, etc. You don’t want this near food preparation areas, nor do you want food and grease all over your clean clothes. Laundry rooms also produce a lot of noise, which might not mix well with other activities. If you’re relaxing in the tub, you probably don’t want to listen to the clicking of metal zippers in the dryer or look over at the heap of dirty clothes you’ve neglected. Moreover, combination rooms can create competition for space. Remember tip #1?
You’ll be spending a lot of time with your laundry room, so adding some attractive features can only help. Paint it a vibrant or calming color, hang a picture or two on the wall, and make sure you have proper lighting!
Remember, these tips are not guaranteed to save your laundry room relationship. If you work hard at it, you might just love your laundry room!
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