Get your laundry room organized
Creating a well-organized laundry room makes the household chore of doing laundry easier, quicker and much more enjoyable. Whether your laundry room is small or spacious, there are countless laundry organizers available that can help you maximize your space and minimize the time it takes to do your laundry. Having the right combination of space-saving laundry room organizers might even enable you to do all of your folding, sorting and ironing in one place.
Rolling Laundry Organizers
A rolling laundry organizer is a convenient and time-saving way to presort your dirty clothes. There are two styles of rolling laundry organizers: one is a simple laundry cart with three removable bags for sorting your clothes into whites, darks and towels; the other is a sorting cart that also includes a rod for hanging up your clean clothes and a metal shelf on top for your folded clothes. Both styles typically have heavy-duty canvas bags and smooth rolling casters for easy mobility from room to room.
A rolling laundry caddy is a convenient way to organize your detergent, bleach, fabric softener, stain removers, dryer sheets, iron and other wash-day supplies. When it's time to do your laundry, everything you need will be right at your fingertips. A rolling laundry caddy commonly has three open shelves on a long and narrow frame that fits neatly between the washer and dryer when not in use.
If you don't have room for a rolling laundry organizer, then wall-mounted wire shelves are a good way to keep all of your laundry supplies orderly. You can install them either above the washer and dryer or right next to it to keep everything neat and easy to find on laundry day. You might also want to buy wire baskets to hold smaller items like stain sticks and bleach pens, or to hold socks and underwear before they are put away.
If you have space in your laundry room, a free-standing garment rack is the perfect place to hang up your clothes immediately after drying. This minimizes wrinkling and thus greatly reduces your need to iron. Most garment racks have rolling casters for easy movement around the laundry room or to and from the bedroom. A wall-mounted garment rack is ideal for small laundry rooms. It provides a convenient hanging space for freshly ironed clothes or those that you want to let air-dry. When not in use, many wall-mounted garment racks fold down flat to save space in your laundry room.
Laundry Organizer Kits
For do-it-yourselfers, a laundry organizer kit comes with everything you need to easily and quickly install shelves, garment racks or ironing board holders in your laundry room. Organize your laundry room with a kit that includes just shelving, or one that has an expandable clothes rod in addition to shelving. Another innovative laundry organizer kit is an ironing board holder. You can install either a wall-mounted cabinet that hides a small ironing board and some supplies, or a simpler wire shelf that holds your iron and starch, with hooks underneath for hanging a full-sized ironing board.
No matter which style of laundry room organizer you choose, it is certain to simplify the task of doing laundry, save valuable time and turn this necessary household chore into a more pleasant activity.
Written by Julia Williams