Americans spend up to 17 minutes a day doing laundry. This may not seem like a ton of time, but over time it can really add up — 8 hours a month! While the laundry room is perhaps the most utilitarian space in the house, it doesn’t have to feel so bleak, especially if we’re spending the equivalent of a full work day there every month. Luckily, there are a few ways to spruce up and organize the room to make it function more efficiently or add design touches to make our time spent in it more pleasant. Here are a few:
1) Use All of the Space
The laundry room can still have the touch of high-end interior design while using up all of the space provided. The more space you have for keeping things organized, the better. Cabinets and shelves should go wall-to-wall for more room to store laundry essentials. In addition to horizontal storage solutions, think about how far up the wall you can go. You won’t be relaxing here any time soon, so you might as well make every inch of the room work just as hard as you do.
2) Frequently Remove Old Items
A laundry room is a place where things can pile up — dirty laundry, clean laundry, random odds and ends, old cleaning supplies, etc. Every couple of weeks, do a quick sweep through to remove anything that’s not necessary to your laundry routine. You’ll be in a much better mood to get the chore done if you don’t have to step over piles of “stuff.” A clear space makes for fast work.
3) Design It Your Way
Chances are, you’re in the laundry room fairly often. Make your time spent there a little more enjoyable by hanging a fun print on the wall, adding a vase of fresh flowers, or even using decorative containers for laundry soap and dryer sheets. Even if you don’t feel like doing laundry, at least you’ll take pleasure in how nice the room looks.
4) Creatively Store Extras
Sometimes, when doing laundry, you or family members are in a rush and don’t fully empty out pockets, or a wardrobe mishap occurs when something isn’t washed properly. The laundry room is a great place to store extra items that you need or that often get lost in the process. You can use a series of great-looking jars or a repurposed jewelry box to store any buttons, money, notes, or other lost treasures you find in the laundry that you don’t want to throw away.
5) Have a Home for Lost Socks
Until the mystery of the single sock is solved, we need a place to put them until their match shows up. Instead of leaving all the mismatched socks on the floor or on top of the dryer, put them in an attractive basket on a shelf. If a year goes by and their mates don’t show up, it’s probably safe to toss them or even use them as dusting gloves.
Use these tips to inspire updating your current laundry room so it’s more enjoyable for the time you spend on this chore. At Regal Homes, you can use some of these tips every so often to keep up with the already gorgeous and perfectly designed laundry rooms in our homes. Browse our photo gallery or take a virtual tour to see what we mean. Then, call us to learn more about how you can own one of these fabulous homes in Northern Utah.