How to Start Loving Your Laundry Room
To make laundry less of a chore, it helps to have a great space for sorting, washing, drying, folding, and ironing. Even if a tiny apartment limits you from having the laundry room of your dreams, there’s a lot you can do within a small space. With the right supplies and a little bit of vision, you can set up a laundry room (or closet, shelf, or nook…) that’s functional, efficient, and easy to clean.
Give yourself plenty of storage (or as much as you can).
If you’ve got the space, include hampers for clean and dirty clothes, bars to hang clothes as they’re drying, and cabinets for your cleaning supplies. In a small space, you can still probably fit stackable bins or laundry bags, a portable basket of supplies, and a wall-mounted drying rack — vertical space is your hero here.
Assemble a kit of laundry supplies.
Set aside a basket or cabinet for laundry soap, dryer sheets, stain remover, and sprays. Our go-to kit includes OxiClean™ Liquid Laundry Detergent for everyday washing, OxiClean™ White Revive™ Whitener and Stain Remover for whites, OxiClean™ MaxForce™ Spray for dried-on stains, and OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover for tough laundry stains.
Set up surfaces for ironing and folding.
A counter above a washer and dryer provides plenty of space to sort and fold clothes. Short on square feet? A folding table can do the trick. Set aside a zone for your ironing board, too. To save space, conceal a collapsible board in a wall cabinet or use an over-the-door ironing board.
Designate bins for lights and darks.
With a couple of large baskets, you can easily sort through towels, sheets, and clothes. You might also want to add a third basket for hand-washables. Place portable baskets around the house, in bedrooms and bathrooms, to encourage family members to keep their dirty clothes off the floor. When it’s time to do the wash, skip the sorting and move straight to the loading.
Keep it classy.
To keep your laundry room looking lovely, clean it as you would any other room in the house. Wipe down surfaces regularly, clean out dryer lint and put supplies away when they’re not in use. Once a month or so, you can use OxiClean™ Washing Machine Cleaner to keep your machine working well and smelling fresh.
This post is sponsored by the maker of OxiClean™ and was created by the Apartment Therapy Creative Studio.
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