Cleaning and organizing the main areas of the house is a primary concern in most homes. The laundry room rarely gets the attention it needs. It often is a dumping ground for clothing and other items resulting in persistent clutter. However, there will come a time when the clutter will start to interfere with the function of the laundry room, and you will be forced to organize it. Planning how to use all the space in the room will help keep it uncluttered in the future. Here are a few ideas for custom cabinets and shelves that will make use of every inch of space in the laundry and keep it organized.
Wall Space: Walls are the underrated space-saver. In a small space, every square inch is luxury real estate, and walls are unutilized land. Put shelves above the washer and dryer, the door, the standing sink, or any unused corner. If you have space, make those shelves floor-to-ceiling. Use these shelves for storing laundry and cleaning supplies.
Back of Door: If the laundry has a door, use it for storage. There are numerous door organizers on the market. There are metal shelves that use most of the door. There are clear plastic pocket organizers. Add hooks to hang clothes or towels. Use part of the door or all of it. It’s an excellent place for storage.
Baskets and Storage Cubes: Once you have shelving, use baskets or storage cubes to organize supplies. Label the containers, so you and others know what’s in them and where to return items when used.
Drying Rack: With today’s fabrics, many cannot be thrown in the dryer. So a drying rack is needed. Any laundry room can have a drying rack. If the laundry room is small, hang the drying rack from the ceiling or have one that folds flat to the wall when not in use.
Cabinets: If there are cabinets in the laundry room or if you add them, use all the space in the cupboard. The efficient way to do that is to add wire drawers that pull out — no more lost supplies in the back corner of the cabinet.
Pedestal Drawers: Front-loading washers and dryers can often be placed on pedestals for more effortless loading and unloading. Be sure to use the drawers in these pedestals for storage. Extra laundry supplies or even a supply of paper towels or toilet paper can be placed here.
Folding Station: If you don’t have a countertop place to fold clothes, try a folding station that hangs on the wall. This way, you can use it when folding but then collapse it against the wall when not in use.
Standing Sink: A shelf added between the legs of a standing sink can be useful for storing cleaning supplies. Make this dead space useful.
So get in there and start decluttering and organizing. You’ll be glad you did, and when done right, you will never have to do it again.
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