7 Simple Ways You Can Revamp Your Laundry Room Today by Heidi DeCoux

Is your laundry room a source of embarrassment because of the lack of home organization and general disarray? Do you hope house guests walk past the door and never peak inside? Take the following steps to take charge of your space. Make this your most organized and well used utility space in one weekend!
1. Install a fold up ironing board. The board can either be wall mounted or stowed into your wall. This saves you all the space that storing and unfolding a traditional ironing board takes up. Ironing boards tend to end up being left open and out, clogging up even more space. Take back that space with a fold up ironing board. With the available home organization tools there is no need to compromise and settle for a small ironing board if you want to go with a fold up style as full size fold up ironing boards are on the market.

2. Is your family guilty of sending pants to the laundry room with pockets full of miscellaneous things. Coins, business cards, gum and other small items get forgotten in pockets and thrown into laundry baskets. Store a small basket near one of your laundry machines to serve as a place to catch all of the assorted things you find. This way when you’ve finished your laundry or filled your basket you can return your finds to their owners. You can start a dinner out fund in a jar with all your lost change.
3. Do you find yourself with socks missing their mates when you get to the end of your laundry loads? Keep them together while you wait for their match! An additional small basket for your single socks should be kept on a shelf close to where you sort your clean laundry. This way you can easily reunite your mates when they come through in separate loads.
4. Make counter space. Counter space is a necessity in a laundry room. If your room is lacking even a small amount of counter space invest in an inexpensive cart or other small counter top option. You only need enough space to sort your laundry and fold clean laundry as you take it out of the dryer. Sorting and folding your laundry as you take it out of your dryer eliminates wrinkles and lessens the amount of ironing you’ll need to do later!
5. Presort your laundry and make doing laundry faster and easier. Provide multiple baskets inside your laundry room to create a sorting center. For example three separate baskets for light, dark, and delicate laundry would be an effective way to sort. Make laundry a family affair, everyone can sort their own laundry as they drop it in the laundry room.
6. A pull out drying rack is a must. Are you still living in the college days where you draped clothes over the backs of chairs and hung them off door knobs to dry? A pull out drying rack provides a place to hang items that can’t go in your dryer. It does so while taking up very little space since it folds nearly flat to your wall when not in use. After your clothes have dried you can put your new counter space to use folding them!
7. Create enclosed storage space. If you can’t see spot cleaners, detergents, and other extra supplies your room seems much less cluttered! Find a place to store them out of sight. A decorative curtain over open shelves is one option to consider if closed door cabinets are out of your budget.
Don’t underestimate the importance of home organization in your work spaces! These simple additions can help make your necessary chores easier, simpler and faster!

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