I am a firm believer that if you make something pretty, you’ll be more determined to keep it clean and use it well.
That saying rings true for my Laundry Room.
I love walking into my Laundry room! It’s organized, it works, everything I need is accessible – it’s currently my favorite room in the house!
So, I thought I would give you a little tour! And let you in on what I think are the most important things to have in your laundry room.
There are so many things that live in a laundry room. Because we have had small kids in our house for the last six years, we have kept most of our cleaning supplies in our laundry room and out of reach of the kiddos. But besides cleaning supplies, there are always a couple handfuls of other items that end up living in your laundry room, depending on what other functions your laundry room needs to be used for.
(Do you like my blue ceiling? When we moved in, the previous owners pained EVERY ceiling in the house the same color as the walls in each room. So, believe it or not, that entire room was electric blue! I just ran out of time to paint the ceiling and I’ve never gone back to do it. Sigh. One day.)
2. A garbage can.
I know this may sound silly, but it’s something a lot of people forget about. Everybody empties their lint drawer from their dryer, and that stuff will float all over the darn place if you just leave it sitting around. It’s also important for when you find garbage in pockets, cut tags off of new clothes, etc. I don’t know about you, but I’m always peeling stickers off of my kids shirts before putting them in the washer. A garbage can is a must for my laundry room.
3. An organized laundry system.
There are lots of ideas out in the Pinterest world. Find one that works and put it into action.
This is mine:
I follow my daily Laundry schedule, and each ‘day’ has a basket. These baskets come out and double as laundry baskets. So I can throw dirty clothes in them, I can also throw clean clothes in there, place folded clothes back in and transport to the separate rooms.
Sometimes, I might grab stuff out of the dryer and I’m not ready to fold them just yet. Because I’m a mom and I have 10 million things going on in my head, I made little “Clean” magnets that stick right onto the baskets, and will remind me if I already washed those clothes or not.
I’ve done enough underwear sniffing in my days.
4. Mudroom Storage
Some people are fortunate enough to have a separate mud room. But I think there’s a pretty good percentage of us that aren’t that lucky. If you are a part of that percentage, then you know mud room storage is essential.
We created these using Billy Book Cases from Ikea, attached to the wall (we just didn’t use the book case backs).
We slapped some hooks onto the wall behind the book cases for coats.
The kids share the big middle section, and hubby and I have our own small section on either side.
Everyone has a basket for hats, gloves, chapstick, wallet, keys and anything else that might go in and out of our pockets.
It’s so important to have a system.
It’s even more important to teach everyone in the house how to use it.
5. Folding area.
Most people use the top of the washer and dryer for their folding area. Which is perfect. However, the key to this important necessity is that it stays clear! If I always have stuff stacked on top of my washer and dryer, I will never have a place to fold clothes, and my laundry room will never be clean and inviting. Nothing says ‘no thank you’ like chaos.
Those are my top 5!
How many do you already have in your laundry room?
Here are a couple more things I have that I can’t live without.
- a sink.
Not everyone has the luxury to add a sink to their laundry room. But if you have the opportunity, do it!
- large cleaning supply organization:
brooms, dusters, vacuums – they all take up space and they can drive you crazy if they’re chaotic. Nothing worse than a broom falling on your head in the dark.
- a drying rack.
I use this mostly during the summer when we have wet bathing suits every day. But, it’s also nice for the delicate items that can’t go in the dryer and you don’t want hanger bubbles on them from hang drying.
- lost sock basket.
Every time I find a sad, single sock, it goes in the basket. When the basket starts looking full, I go through it and find a ton of matching socks. It’s like Christmas!
- Accessible laundry supplies.
I don’t want to dig through cabinets every time I do a load of laundry. I don’t want to have to get a stool to reach them, or haul a heavy container that I spill everywhere. That’s why I use these pumps and a little cup. My messy cup goes on a small plate so I don’t have sticky counters. And this makes doing a load of laundry almost effortless.
And of course, it always helps to add a little pretty to a room!
Hang up a picture that makes you happy, frame an inspirational printable off of Pinterest, or get crafty and make something that speaks to you and holds you accountable.
I still need to sew a curtain for my laundry room, but that’s on my very long list of to-dos!
Just because it’s a laundry room, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be pleasing to the eye!
Do you have a great laundry system? Or a gorgeous laundry room?
Maybe you have something in your laundry room that you can’t live without!
I wanna see!
Show me some laundry room beauty!