The best system to organize your laundry room will depend on what your need your laundry space to do for you. The best solution could be a custom-built system, with pull-out hampers hidden behind cabinet doors, or wire mesh shelves that make full use of vertical space with color-coordinated and labeled plastic bins or baskets.
To get your laundry room organized in a way that best suits your family, ask some preliminary questions before you purchase any shelves, baskets or bins. How many people are in your household? What are their ages? What are their activities? What kinds of clothes do they wear? How large is your laundry space? What other activities will happen there? Do you need a craft, sewing or potting area? What is your budget? Take an inventory and group like items together; that's the best way to store them so you can find what you need quickly. What you ultimately buy for your laundry room storage system should be determined by the answers to these questions.
If you don't have a cleaning supply closet, you will need a place in your laundry room to hang mops and brooms, a place to store a vacuum cleaner, and a spot to place baskets for hauling clean clothes to other parts of the house. You may also need a rack to dry clothes that shouldn't be put in a clothes dryer. A rod installed between cabinets over a sink, or a wall-mounted valet rod, provides a space to hang clothes just as they come out of the dryer to avoid wrinkles.
If you want cabinets with doors to hide some items out of view, your choices run the gamut from custom-built cabinets to stock cabinets and shelving easily found in a home improvement store. You can also go with a combination of cabinets and open shelving. Some manufacturers make laundry room cabinets that are deeper than average to hold large containers of laundry soap and fabric softener.
A series of floor-to-ceiling cabinets along one wall can create a true utility room where you can hide tools, pet supplies, sports equipment, even holiday decorations.
To keep the flow of laundry under control, designate one day a week as laundry "delivery" day. Each child can bring their dirty clothes to the laundry room, where it is sorted by type (white, bright, towels, etc.). After each load, clean laundry goes in to a labeled laundry basket for each family member.
If your laundry room also serves as a mud room or "drop zone" as kids come home from school and other activities, designate a place for each of them to hang their backpacks and jackets and place their shoes. If your laundry room hosts a craft or sewing center, put your wall space to full use while keeping supplies visible by storing them in small containers with metal bottoms that can be hung from a magnetic strip attached to the wall.
Putting laundry facilities in a spare bedroom will make room for the amenities.
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