“Laundry is fun!” said no one ever. But as long as clean clothes are in style, you’re kind of stuck with laundry duty! So you might as well try to make the most of the experience. Here are five ways to bring out the best in your laundry room and turn it into one of your home’s most rewarding spaces.
Whether your laundry room is cozy or cavernous, wall space is valuable real estate. Simple yet versatile, shelves are an aesthetic no-brainer that can open up a world of organizational opportunity. Hang one directly above your washer and dryer to hold a row of baskets, bins or other storage containers of your choosing.
Air-drying is an act of affection—for the planet and your delicate garments. So it’s important that you make the process a breeze. Our favorite trick? Hide a retractable clothesline inside a cabinet and affix its connecting anchors directly across the room. When it’s time to hang things up, simply open the cabinet and connect the lines.
No disrespect to Mr. Clean, but most cleaning products’ unsightliness is matched only by their tendency to multiply. Take control of your detergent by decanting it into classic glass kitchen jars – it’s a stylish way to keep track of your products and minimize clutter.
For many of us, counter space is only the stuff of folding fantasy. However, if you have a front-loading washer and dryer, you’re in luck. Score a coveted counter by placing a tabletop surface directly onto the units. This stainless steel counter from IKEA not only lends sophistication but also handles laundry-related spills like a champ. Tip: Don’t want to spring for a counter? Just use an old cutting board!
If you were to shrink yourself and go exploring in the space between your washer and dryer, there’s a good chance you’d discover a dark world of spare change, receipts and gum. Prevent those little pocket objects from slipping through the cracks and create some storage with this game-changing addition: the sliding tower. This ingenious device fits discreetly between the washer and dryer and can be used to store things like dryer sheets or a change jar.