Laundry day. What do you think of when I say those words? It’s a pretty good bet that they don’t exactly fill you with a sense of joy and excitement.
To make matters worse, most laundry rooms aren’t typically high on the decor priority list in a lot of homes. In fact, they can be downright basic. You’ll have the washer and dryer of course, maybe a shelf to hold the detergents, somewhere to hang up your clothes once they’ve been washed, perhaps a basket or two to corral clothes that are waiting their turn for a dunk in the suds. That’s usually about it.
Laundry day doesn’t have to be a complete chore though. There are many simple and inexpensive ways to take your laundry room from drab to fab.
You would be surprised by the big difference little DIY projects can make, especially if you have a small laundry room. A trip to the hardware store can easily and inexpensively get you the materials you need.
Something like a large pegboard painted in a bright color or with a fun pattern and hung up behind your washer and dryer will give you more storage options. You can then hang shelves to hold detergents, hooks for hangers, baskets for clothespins, all manner of things from the pegboard; the sky’s the limit.
Another excellent organizing idea would be to hang a wire storage rack behind the door to store cleaning supplies, soap, paper towels and such. Speaking of doors, how about painting the front or back of the door with chalkboard paint, for jotting down notes or lists or just doodling your latest masterpiece while you wait on a load to finish rinsing?
Combine an old piece of barn or pallet wood, a chain link fence collar, and a mason jar together and they become a charming place to hold stray coins or buttons, as seen in our featured image.
You don’t necessarily have to be handy with a hammer and nails to brighten up your laundry room, either. Use a spring-loaded curtain rod to add a pretty curtain to draw across the shelf that holds your detergents. It will do double duty by adding a pop of color and hiding unsightly clutter.
Get separate baskets for darks and lights and add fun labels to make sorting easy. A couple large coat hooks set in the middle of a picture frame can also do double duty by holding your ironing board.
Label a basket for each member of the family’s clean clothes to be folded into to make it easier for them to pick it up and take with them to be put away.
While the only sure things in life might be death and taxes, dirty laundry is a pretty good bet, too. Take a little time to spruce up your laundry room since you’re going to be spending some time there anyway. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the first person to discover where all the mates to those missing socks go.