Laundry Room Organization

Even though today’s stackable washer-dryer units can be placed in just about anywhere in a house, most homes have a room or area dedicated to a separate washing machine and clothes dryer. The perfect laundry room would also include a large laundry sink, storage cabinets, and enough room for folding and ironing clothes as well. A simple way of getting things more organized in the perfect laundry room is to have some kind of sorting system for dirty clothes.

Instead of having one big hamper or basket into which everything waiting to be laundered is thrown, have a couple of different bins for sorting, for instance, one bin for whites, one for dark colors, maybe one for delicate fabrics and so on. Instead on having the bins lay on the floor, you could fasten them to the wall next to the washing machine. Vertically stacked plastic bins in pull-out drawer type arrangements are available, and these have a flat top surface which makes a good place to fold clothes.

If your laundry room is in the basement, as many are, consider having a laundry chute installed. A laundry chute can save you a lot of trips up and down the stairs. Put one large basket at the bottom of the chute and sort the clothes into the smaller bins later.

A big utility sink in the laundry room is great to have for soaking clothes, cleaning stains before items go into the washing machine, and for hand washing delicate fabrics like wool and lace. The sink can be covered with a board when not in use to provide folding and sorting space, or as a simple drying rack. If you do have a laundry sink, a console cabinet can be built under it for storing cleaning supplies.

Clothes Drying

After washing, most clothes go into the drying machine, but some need to be drip-dried. If you live in a warm dry climate, and local regulations allow it, you can also use a clothes drying line outdoors. For indoors drip-drying, drying racks of various types are available.

For smaller laundry rooms or cramped basement areas, look for a multi-armed rack which fastens to the wall and swings out on a hinge, or one that can be strung on pulleys to haul it out of the way when not in use. As mentioned before, you could also use some sort of board laid over the laundry room sink; just make sure it is not solid but perforated with holes to allow air in and for the moisture to drip down into the sink through.

For ironing, a freestanding ironing board can be used, but they can be unstable and difficult to set up and fold up in a small space. You can organize better by installing a wall-mounted fold out ironing board, or one that slides out horizontally from a cabinet or countertop.

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