A laundry room is as essential in a home as the kitchen or bathroom. This may seem like a strong statement, but once you read on and see how many tasks we recommend using the laundry room for, you may just agree with us! Here are our tips on creating a highly-efficient, fully equipped laundry room.
Bits & Bobs
A laundry room is a great place to get some quick darning or tailoring done. It’s the one place where clothes are the focus – get dirty clothes clean and get clean clothes pressed. If you happen to see a shirt with a button missing or a dress with a trailing hem, fix it pronto. A smart way to encourage yourself to do this is by keeping a small sewing kit close at hand. A pair of scissors, a needle, and the right thread are all you need and your garment will look as good as new.
If you can, have a small sink in your laundry room. This is a great place to hand-wash delicates, or soak garments with stubborn stains on them before running them through a wash. Having a source of running water in the laundry room will also make it easier for you to wipe down the washing machine frequently – all that water and detergent can easily lead to mould and mildew, which you should keep a very close eye on.
All Folded Up
A small, foldable table stacked away neatly in a corner is a great addition to your laundry room. It will remind you – if not encourage you! – to fold the clothes as soon as they’re out of the dryer. It will also act as a good space on which you can sort items and roll up socks.
Another clever and foldable item is a drying rack. Many times, the dryer leaves clothes slightly damp and a rack is a great place to spread them out on immediately, to avoid the risk of their developing a musty odour. For many, a dryer is not even an option and all clothes need to be air dried. A clothes rack is therefore a must-have for any laundry room.
Keep the ironing board close at hand; it will help you transfer dry clothes straight to it and get them wrinkle-free in no time. An ironing table with additional storage under it is a bonus – you can store your detergents, dryer sheets, and other laundry-related items in there.
Several laundry baskets are a great investment – they help you sort clothes as they go into the laundry room, which will prevent hassle and confusion later. A basket for dry cleaning, one for regular machine-wash clothes, and a third for delicates/hand-wash items will help you sort efficiently and prevent laundry mishaps.
Anything we’ve missed? Feel free to share your own lovely laundry tips in the comments section!