Doing laundry has to be one of the most tedious and loathed chores for most people. But what if there was a way to alleviate this abhorred process? No, we’re not talking about hiring a maid to do all the laundry for you, but opting for something more creative. Designing a beautiful and efficient laundry room can greatly help you keep all your laundry organized, clean and fresh, without actually feeling the burden of this dreary chore. So, if you’re looking for ways to break the monotony of doing laundry and give your errands a chance to become slightly less annoying, then consider some of these tips for creating a wonderful laundry room:
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You’ll Need Space
If you wish to design a nice and, most importantly, functional and practical laundry room, keep in mind that you’ll need a lot of space for a project like that. Surely, it’s possibly to reserve a small pantry and jam a washing machine and a dryer in there, but that won’t nearly satisfy the practical part of doing laundry, nor the fun part for that matter. If you want to do your laundry in a stress-free environment, it’ll be necessary to have an ample space to fit all the necessary equipment in there. A remodeled basement, the attic or the garage might seem like the best options, but in order to make sure that you’ll have the appropriate amount of space, the best solution is to measure the space and the equipment you wish to place there. Every laundry room should have enough space for a front or top load washing machine, a dryer, a folding and a storage area. It would also be smart to have an appropriate amount of space to move around and not feel cramped.
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Organization Is the Key
Even with the most spacious laundry room, convenience can only be achieved with proper organization. The first step to an organized laundry room doesn’t actually start in the laundry, but in the bathroom or the bedroom. It’s important for every family member to have a designated space for disposing of dirty laundry, so a few, strategically placed, hamper baskets around the house, can make this situation that much easier. Other than that, the laundry room should have separate bins for disposing white garments, colored clothes and those designed for hand-washing. Smart storage solutions are also something to think about, as you’ll need additional space for storing not only the laundry, but also other supplies like washing products, sewing kits, ironing boards etc. It’s important to equip your laundry room with a folding surface and a drying rack, as well as a few hangers for those crease-prone garments.
Add the Fun Factor
Instead of designing an impersonal washing station with only a few machines and some bottles of detergent, it’s much better to give it a dash of personality. A soothing color palette with some comfy furniture and colorful plant life can really transform your laundry room from a sterile facility to a cozy living area. In order to make the experience of doing laundry a bit more exciting, it’s a good idea to implement some music, open up the room to natural light and perhaps even put some art or photos of family members. This way, every trip to the laundry room can represent a small getaway, instead of a boring responsibility.
Like it or not, but doing laundry is one of those things that you simply have to do on a day-to-day basis. Of course, with just a bit of effort and creativity you can easily make this process a bit more fun and exciting for yourself and your whole family. Break out of the traditional forms of laundry rooms and create a charming place that you’ll actually love.
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