It’s not unusual to completely neglect your laundry room. Seeing as how our guests almost never go there, we don’t pay a lot of attention to it. While it doesn’t have to be the most stylish room of the house, it is essential to keep it clean and functional. Here are some tips for doing just that.
Use the Space Cleverly
It doesn’t matter whether you have a whole room for this or just a small nook, the important thing is to make the most of the space you have. For instance, adding a shelf over the washer and dryer will provide you with a storage surface or a folding area. If your space allows, get several shelves and utilize the vertical space.
Designate a Space for Supplies
Think about adding a cabinet where you can keep all the supplies. That will make organizing the whole room much easier. You will always know what is where and it will also keep these harmful products out of your kids’ reach.
Minimize the Supplies
You should go through all the cleaning supplies you have and determine what you actually use. Focus on the products everyone should have. Those that you don’t use should be tossed out and not replaced. That can save you both money and space.
Separate the Loads
An amazing way to save time when washing your clothes is to pre-sort them. Designate different containers for different loads. Mark each hamper with a label, for example, whites, delicates, light colours, dark colours, etc. Additionally, you can also divide them by wash days. This is great for streamlining the whole process.
Create a Drip-Dry Zone
Seeing as how some clothes need to be drip-dried, you should consider adding a zone strictly for this. In case you do not have enough space, you can install a basic rod on which you can put hangers. Also, consider making DIY drying boards or a pull-down rack.
Have an Ironing Station
It is also a good idea to group all supplies for ironing in one corner. You can hang your ironing board on the wall so that it does not take up a lot of space when it’s not being used. Add shelves where you can put your iron and other supplies such as spray starch. To make this process more efficient, sort the clothes by a family member as you iron. That way, each member will have their stack of clothes and you will not have to go through everything again.
Take Care of Your Appliances
here would be no laundry room without the appliances, so it is vital that you keep them in great condition. If you notice any problems, you should check the instruction manual. Some issues are minor and you can probably fix them yourself. Thankfully, you can find various washing machine parts online and they can arrive at your address in no time. For a more serious problem, don’t hesitate to call a professional.
Implement a lost-and-found system
In case your family members always forget to check their pockets before throwing clothes into the hamper, putting an extra basket in the room is quite useful as it can serve for keeping all misplaced items. It will be like a little lost-and-found section of your home, and people can go there to look for keys, coins, pens, etc. Moreover, all those socks that lost their pair can wait here until you find their match.
Introduce Your Family To the Room
Every family member should know what is placed where in the laundry room. They should be taught where to put their dirty clothes, where they can iron a piece of clothing and which product is used for what. Moreover, you can put up a handy chart with washing instructions. That way, the household members can wash their own clothes when the need arises.
The best way to keep this room clean is, as with most things, regular maintenance. Throw away all trash that you find. Remove all things that should not be there. Get rid of all products that have expired and the empty detergent containers. Wipe the floor when you clean the rest of your home.
As you can see, keeping the laundry room clean is not at all difficult. Keep an eye on your appliances, tidy up regularly and encourage your family to stay organized. Piece of cake!
Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.