It might not be the most fun and exciting activity in the world, but there is no denying the importance of doing laundry. And even though it cannot be avoided, you can, at the very least, take steps to ensure that the experience is as efficient and painless as possible.
One of the most important things you can do to smoothen out the process: installing a fully equipped and well-organised laundry room. Whether you are renovating your home, updating your laundry room, or engaging in a little DIY residential styling, why not consider this list of six things that every laundry room also needs?
- Plenty of storage
Make sure your laundry has plenty of shelving, cabinets and other storage spaces, not just for your laundry and cleaning supplies, but also for all the other stuff like cleaning equipment, iron and ironing board, sports gear and school things that will inevitably find their way into the space.
- Good lighting and ventilation
A laundry room that is well ventilated and that has plenty of natural light will instantly look and feel brighter and more welcoming, making the chore of doing laundry less of a, well, chore.
Lighting is also important when you are working in the space, checking for stains on clothes or making sure colours are all right, while ventilation is crucial for drying of clothes and for airing out a room that could potentially get quite humid or even wet.
- All the right equipment
Like with most tasks, having the right equipment and tools on hand can make all the difference when you are doing laundry. From clothes pegs and clothes hangers to foldout drying racks, closet rods and a good-sized laundry sink, make sure you have everything you need – and don’t forget to use them.
- Somewhere to store dirty laundry
It seems like a no-brainer that a laundry room would have somewhere for you to put your dirty laundry that is waiting to go into the washing machine, but you would be surprised at how few people actually have a designated space for that. Laundry baskets are often situated in other rooms in the house, which means that random items of dirty laundry often end up on the floor of the laundry room, or get thrown straight into the washing machine.
- Work surface for folding laundry and other tasks
While it is true that the folding of laundry does not always take place in the laundry room – more often than not, it is a task reserved for when one is sitting in front of the television – having a well-lit, decent sized work surface ready for when you do need to fold something, sort items or perform any other task is absolutely crucial to the functionality of your laundry room.
- Decorative elements
Few people even think of decorating their laundry room, but you will be surprised at the effect even the smallest change brings. Paint one of the walls a bright colour, hang a piece of wall art or maybe even two, try on some wall or window coverings, add a vase of flowers to a corner, etc. As it turns out, brightening up your laundry room does not have to be complicated and expensive, all it takes is a little bit of effort.