Organizing a Small Laundry Room
By Tameka Norris
Today when space is at a premium, the area available for your laundry may be very limited. By using clever space saving techniques and multi-purpose utility products you can organize your laundry room to look clutter-free and impressive.
Getting wall-cabinets to efficiently use the space available is a clever idea since it will not take up any of your floor space. You can store all of your cleaning material like soap, bleach, softener and stain removers in it and they'll be within easy reach, yet conveniently out of the way.
Putting up a few hooks in or below the cabinets will help create more space for storing things that can be hung. This way they will not take up shelf space. If you think wall cabinets are too expensive, wall shelves are also an attractive, yet affordable, alternative.
Use boxes to keep your shelves organized and clean. Remember to clear away empty bottles and products that have gone unused and have been sitting on the shelves too long. That way you free up more space and reduce the clutter.
It is also a good idea to organize your dirty clothes by using a laundry sorter, that way your clothes will already be in their proper place when you need to do them. You won't have to waste extra time sorting them yourself. You'll find it will save you time on your laundry day and keep all the dirty clothes neatly into sets that can go straight into the washer.
An iron is also a necessity. But you may not be lucky enough to have space for an ironing board. Using a collapsible, foldable ironing board can help save space. There are units available where the ironing board folds into a box or a drawer. Or consider a wall-mounted unit which will save you additional floor space.
Also, remember that the ironing board could be used for folding clothes once they are washed and dried. Foldable table tops are available which can be used for your folding and ironing purposes. In which case, it will fold up against the wall when not in use.
The space above the washer and dryer can be used to access a rod that maintains hung-clothing once it comes out of the dryer. It will provide you with a simple yet effective way to keep your clothing wrinkle-free. It could also be useful for clothes that can't go in the dryer and need to drip-dry.
Or if you have enough space you could use a clothes rack by the dryer as an alternative.
A small, compact dustbin near the dyer will be useful to collect the used dryer sheets and lint. A plastic container could be kept handy to store away any bills, coins, keys, paper and other items that get left behind in pockets.
And last but not the least, remember to keep your floor clean and make sure you have enough light so the room always looks warm and welcoming when you walk in.
About the Author: Tameka Norris has been living in small spaces since she was 10 years old. She now runs a website titled Furniture for Small Spaces which offers nifty tips and tactics, a Q & A section for people in need of answers, projects for the DIYer, photos of small spaces and more.