How To Create An Inviting Laundry Room
We can all agree that doing laundry is probably not the way you want to spend the day off. This disdain may even make your laundry room one of your least favorite rooms in your house. However, just because laundry can be an arduous task doesn't mean your laundry room has to be an unwelcoming, dark space full of clutter. In fact, a well-organized space can actually make you feel more focused and productive. A bright, clean space can even put you in a better headspace to complete your least favorite chore. Laundry is unavoidable so if you're planning on some home upgrades this year, maybe the laundry area is a great place to start! Here are a few tips on how to create an inviting laundry room.
Clean and Declutter
The first step toward a welcoming laundry room is to treat it like you would any other major room in your home that you were planning to update. In other words, give it your full attention and start by thoroughly cleaning and decluttering! Everything from lint to old dryer sheets tend to collect in these spaces and removing such debris will instantly help your space feel fresher. You should also thoroughly vacuum and mop floors, wipe down and dust shelves and walls, clean any windows, rinse out utility sinks and sanitize frequently touched surfaces (like your machine controls!) Throw out old dryer sheet boxes, laundry detergent containers, and any other junk that has found its way to your shelves. For items that you do want to keep, buy a few storage bins, and take the time to organize your items so that they are easily accessible and aesthetically placed in the room.
Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
A fresh coat of paint is a tried-and-true method of making a room feel brand new. Since you know you’ll be in your laundry room doing a chore you don’t love, set yourself up for success by choosing a paint color that induces feelings of calming and relaxation. According to Clare, neutrals (like gray and taupe) along with soft shades of blues and greens are perfect for creating a tranquil space. These colors fit well in any coastal-themed home and can completely change the feel of your space.
If a larger upgrade is in your budget, consider replacing your existing washer and dryer with brand new machines. Many modern appliances are built to save you time and are more energy efficient than their predecessors. These designs can even help you save money on your electric and water bills.
Before making a purchase, consider the space in your laundry area, how much laundry you typically do, and what would make the process more efficient. Perhaps you need a more compact model to create more storage space in your home. If you have a large family, maybe a high-capacity washing machine would be worth the cost since you can fit more in a single load, saving you valuable time. Pick an appliance that works for you, not against you.
This is also a great opportunity to replace an old dryer duct, even if you don’t replace the dryer. Older ducts that were not installed properly can sometimes become clogged with lint. Not only is this buildup a fire hazard but it can cause your dryer to work harder and longer to dry your clothes completely. If you aren’t sure if your machines or ductwork need an upgrade, consider checking with an electrician or local appliance supplier.
Tip: If your older appliances are in great shape but you still decide it’s time for an upgrade, consider listing them for sale locally. This is a great way to fund your new purchase!
Personalize Your Space
At the end of the day, a space that looks great but doesn’t fit your individual needs won’t work out. Think about what was missing from your old laundry room and make the necessary changes. If your overhead lights weren't bright enough, install wall sconces, add lamps, or even hang up string lights. If you love to sort by multiple categories, bring in as many decorative laundry baskets as needed for your dirty clothing. If you like to immediately hang clothes up to dry that can't run through a dry cycle, install a rod with lots of hangers right beside the washing machine. If you like to fold and store clothes that aren't in-season, create built-in shelves to help with storage. No matter how unique or unconventional your ideas are, optimize your space for your own maximum efficiency. Don’t forget decorations and art pieces to make your space feel personalized and fun!