As time goes by, it feels like we only get busier as a society. Small household tasks can seem overwhelming between work, family obligations and social events. While some people may find peace in spending a day at home, cleaning and getting things in order, others are seemingly always rushing around trying to squeeze small household tasks in before jetting off to the next event. This is where creating an efficient living space can pay off in dividends. Arguably, one of the more time-consuming chores at home is laundry – and the bigger the family, the more laundry there will be, leaving you wondering how to make your laundry room more efficient.
We will take you through some of the best ways to make your laundry room more efficient to hopefully give you some peace of mind and extra time in your life to do the things you enjoy.
How To Make Your Laundry Room More Efficient
Make Use of the Space Above Your Washer and Dryer
The laundry room can be a great place to store household cleaning products, and by installing cupboards above your washer and dryer, you can make sure any dangerous solutions are kept out of reach of both children and pets.
In addition, by installing cupboards above your washer/dryer, you’ll have a convenient place to keep laundry soap, fabric softener, and all your other laundry cleaning products. Cabinets and closed-off storage spaces can also double as chalkboards by either using chalkboard paint on their front or installing chalkboards over the cupboard front. This way, your to-do list stays within eyesight and in an area you go to frequently – ensuring no task gets forgotten.
Invest in Decorative Storage Containers and Label Them
Aesthetics do make or break a room. After putting time and thought into the decorative aspect of your laundry room, painting the walls, and colour coordinating everything, why would you want to keep the bottle of laundry soap on display in the original packaging? This is where investing in some decorative storage containers can be a game-changer. It will add to the room’s aesthetic, and it will also make you feel better about the cleanliness and state of the laundry room – making the whole task seem far less chaotic.
A good idea is glass or plastic matching storage containers for all your laundry soaps, fabric softeners, and stain removers. Make sure you put a label on the front of the jar to know exactly what you’re using – the last thing you want is to use fabric softener instead of laundry detergent!
Create a Sorting Station
Creating a good sorting station can remove a lot of stress from the laundry room. You can invest in cute clothing bins that are labelled, so you know what is clean and dirty, or so you can sort your unwashed laundry by washing needs like dry-cleaning, hand wash only, and machine wash. If you have small children who are beginning to learn how to complete small tasks around the house, this is also a great way to introduce them to sorting clothes and can assist you when teaching them how to do laundry.
Invest in Hidden Drying Racks
One of the most space-consuming objects in a laundry room is the drying rack – and sometimes, it feels like we never have enough space for all our clothes that need to hang dry. Installing fold-down drying racks or tension rods is a great way to use the space in your laundry room better while also giving you adequate room to hang dry all your delicate clothing.
Make Use of the Entire Room
Who says the laundry room has just to be a laundry room? If the space is big enough, double the laundry room up as either a play space for the kids, a mudroom if it’s off an entry point to the house or a quiet area. To do this, consider installing curtains to cover up the washer and dryer when not in use.
Laundry is the one task that seems to be never-ending; as soon as you think you’re all caught up, there is always more laundry to be done. Making your laundry room efficient and calming can change your whole outlook on the chore and make it at least a little more enjoyable.