A typical laundry room will have a sink, wash tub, washer and drier along one wall with some work surfaces along at least one other wall. All the other things used in the laundry room then end up being left on top of the work surfaces or leaning against them, the result of which is that your laundry room just looks full of clutter. If that describes your laundry room then you really should be looking for laundry room organizers right now.
Laundry Room Organizers
Laundry room organizers come in all shapes and sizes from small cabinets to floor to ceiling cupboards. Exactly which organizers you choose to install will, of course, be determined by the laundry room space you have available. However, as a very minimum we’d recommend having a tall cupboard in which brooms and mops will fit and, if possible, a separate one for the ironing board.
An alternative to having a cupboard for the ironing board is to buy an ironing board that can be fixed into the organizers so that it simply folds down and out – ready for use. A floor standing cabinet will be useful to store buckets and wash bowls and possibly the detergents you use as well. A cabinet fixed to a wall at head height will be useful if you want to store cleaning fluids etc that need to be kept out of the reach of children or pets.
Remember as well that not all of the cupboards and cabinets need to have doors on them. Those that are used for storing things you are constantly using could be fitted without doors – just do remember to keep those shelves in particular neat and tidy.
Ever felt embarrassed about having the dirty laundry basket on view in the laundry room? A common enough thought and one that is so easily solved by having a floor-standing cupboard to put the laundry basket in. You’ll also find that you can buy laundry room cupboards with an integrated laundry basket, whose lid will open up as you open the door to the cupboard.
Lots of laundry rooms have folding drying racks that can be left on the floor of the laundry room with clothes on to dry and air. These are all well and good, until you next want to get into the laundry room, at which time they always seem to be in the way. The answer to this problem is to incorporate drying racks into your laundry room organizers.
For example, if you have two cabinets at head height some distance apart, then a clothes drying rack could be suspended between them. Alternatively you can organize your clothes drying by suspending a drying rack the full length of the laundry room from its ceiling; that can be lowered and raised by a simple pulley system. All manner of bars and hanging systems are available that can be fixed in your laundry room as clothes drying organizers.
When you are planning and installing laundry room organizers, leave space to retain some of your work surfaces. Although work surfaces can attract clutter, they are also a necessary feature of your laundry room for times when you want to do things like adding stain treatments to fabrics etc.
Also, if there is nothing underneath the work surfaces the space can be ideal for positioning cupboards in. Also, you can hang basket style laundry room organizers from the work surfaces making it easy to grab things like detergents and cleaning cloths, etc.
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