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No matter where you live, you have to deal with laundry — but when you live in a small space, this routine task can quickly become overwhelming. Does this sound familiar? Are you frustrated with your small laundry space? If you live in a little apartment or a big house with a tiny laundry nook, when you don’t have a lot of space to work with, doing laundry is usually harder than it has to be.
Whether you’re washing clothes for one or 10, it’s important to make the most of your small space. That way, you’re much more likely to enjoy laundry tasks and stop wasting valuable time. Here are a handful of important tips for making your small laundry room as organized, useful, attractive and efficient as it can be.
Install Eco-Friendly Appliances
It’s not a laundry room without appliances and, your laundry room’s washer and dryer will play the biggest role in your laundry space’s efficiency and functionality. Look for high-efficiency models that wash clothes faster with less energy than traditional models. You’ll not only save time, but also energy costs well into the future.
Pick Light & Bright Paint Colors
Generally speaking, light and bright is the way to go when it comes to decorating a small space. “Light and cheerful color palettes such as white, blue and yellow will help make your laundry space appear slightly larger,” says Melissa Chambers at SheKnows. Paint drab walls with a bright color to open your space and make it a little more enjoyable, too.
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Making the most of the laundry room is not so different from making the most of any other space. Set aside a chunk of time to clean everything out of the space, declutter what doesn’t belong there and evaluate better ways to organize and store your cleaning supplies, ironing tools, dirty clothes, clean clothes, etc. According to The Relax Nation, you might want to consider adding laundry room organizational features like a high table or flat surface (ideal for folding clothes and sorting laundry), shelves (for tucking away cleaning products or seasonal items), a hanging rod, a hamper, an ironing board and storage containers.
Be Strategic about Storage
Take a page from mother of six Ronda Batchelor, featured on Houzz. With about $400, some savvy discount shopping and a period of approximately six months, she made the most of storage options and turned her laundry room into a more functional, useful space. In the end, she went from a laundry room where “everything ended up on the floor, on top of the appliances, strewn across a single closet shelf or dumped onto the living room sofa for folding” to one that includes “a folding table, smart storage and lots of bins for sorting and organizing.”
Rather than leaving your laundry room as the ugly stepchild of your home’s interior, take steps to make it pretty and pleasing. This may mean investing in stylish storage bins and/or hanging artwork on the wall. It may mean installing a pegboard for organizing tools or cabinets for storing laundry supplies out of sight. Whatever you do, try to find options that will add visual appeal and interest to your laundry area so that it can be a more organized and attractive space.
Even though the laundry room is typically one of the most overlooked parts of a home, it is also one of the most frequently used. Indeed, this high-traffic area is where all the clothes and linens get washed, as well as where they’re often sorted, folded and ironed. Therefore, doesn’t it make sense to clean, organize and decorate it? Why wouldn’t you invest in efficient appliances that make laundry more eco-friendly? Use the five tips listed above to help you rethink the way you use your laundry area — and, no matter what its size, begin enjoying it.