Laundry room storage solutions
Next to the kitchen, the laundry room may just be one of the most disorganized rooms in the house. Nearly every family can attest to the lurking piles of clothing waiting to be washed, ironed, folded or mended. How much time have you wasted, trying to sort through piles of clothes either for washing or donation, or searching for your sewing kit to fasten a button back onto a shirt?
You can end the organizational nightmare by investing in some good laundry room storage. Even a free-standing closet and a few labeled baskets can make all the difference to that daunting tangle of clothing.
Laundry Zones Make Organization and Laundry Storage Easier
The main problem with most laundry rooms is the lack of storage for clothing, no matter what stage of the laundry process it's in. Start by organizing your laundry room into zones. Where is your washing zone? Where is your mending zone? Sort clothes into each zone, then invest in the proper laundry equipment.
The washing zone should have a place for laundry accessories, such as soap and dryer sheets, a hanging rack for drying clothes and several baskets to serve as *hampers[/home-organization/laundry-storage/hamper.aspx] for dirty clothing. Like all organization, think up – baskets stack vertically to save floor space. If you're on the move between zones, invest in a laundry cart to easily transport clothing from one zone to another e.g., from the washer to the dryer to the sewing table.
Your drying zone should also have baskets and racks for storing and drying clothing. Drying racks are important for clothing that can't go in the dryer. If you don't have the floor space for a rack, then think about installing a bar running across the room, and hang the drying racks from the bar. In a pinch, a string and clothespins will do.
Laundry Rooms Can Also Be Sewing Rooms
If you don't have a separate room for sewing, then set up a table and some laundry room storage cabinets to store clothes that are waiting to be mended as well as a spot for fixed clothing. Your table should have enough room for you to work and your cabinets should be big enough to store piles of clothing. If you don't have room in your linen closet, cabinets are great places to store off-season clothing. Invest in a few containers for mittens, hats and other clothing pieces than can easily be lost.
Sewing cabinets can help you store your machine, thread, needles and other accessories so that when it comes time to mend that ripped pair of jeans, you have everything right where you need it to be.
If your laundry room is also your mud room, you might have a few closets already installed. Much like closet organization, you can arrange for drying racks and shoe racks to hang from your closet doors to maximize space.