As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers…but they also bring muddy footprints and grass stains into your previously clean laundry room or mudroom. While it might be frustrating, we’ve got some tips to help you keep that important space in tip-top shape this season!
DO Have an Area for Hanging Things
Having a place to hang clean laundry, garments that need to hang dry, backpacks, purses and all the other things that get tossed in the floor or left to get wrinkly in the laundry can really help keep your space neat and tidy. Whether you add a garment rack, wire shelving or just utilize the features that come in your laundry room, set aside a space for designated hanging items.
DON’T Let Laundry Pile Up on the Floor
Ah, the pivotal marriage argument: “WHY CAN’T YOU PUT YOUR SOCKS IN THE HAMPER?” We’ve all been there. If you want to avoid laundry room dread, create an easy, accessible place for everyone in your family to drop their dirty laundry.
Try keeping a hamper in the bathroom by the shower, or in each family member’s bedroom. When their hamper is full, they can bring it straight to the laundry room! This way, you can avoid the trail of dirty laundry that leads from the bathroom to the bedroom and back again!
DO Create a Designated Place for Shoes
Remember those muddy, grassy feet we were talking about earlier? This is a good place to nip that in the bud. Create an area in your space for little and big feet alike to drop their boots or shoes. This can be a bench with storage underneath or a boot tray with river rock to soak up all the muddy water. You can decide whatever works for you and your family, and keeps the mud and muck off your pretty floors!
DON’T Make it a Catch-All for Clutter
We already talked about keeping laundry off the floor, but what about the other clutter that works its way into this space? We’re talking shoes and clothes that don’t fit, seasonal decorations, sports and camping gear, science fair projects - all that stuff that has no home and makes its way into your laundry room sanctuary. Well, no more!
Make sure that every item has a place in your home and that everyone knows where everything goes.
DO Store Essentials in a Decorative Way
Who says that wool dryer balls, cleaning supplies and laundry detergent have to stay in their ugly boxes or plastic containers? Try putting wool dryer balls and laundry detergent in glass jars. Add a galvanized bucket or cute basket to a shelf to store dryer sheets or miscellaneous items like clothespins or stain remover bottles.
DON’T Neglect the Design Elements
For some reason, we tend to think that our laundry room doesn’t need to be pretty, it just needs to work. Well, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to spend as much time as I do in the laundry room if it doesn’t make me happy! Add a fun color paint to the walls, throw in some plants and maybe a rug! Why not? Anything goes! You can even match your laundry room to the rest of your home décor.
The purpose of a laundry room or mud room is to be a utility space, a work horse if you will. But that doesn’t mean it has to be an eye sore, or a place that gives you a major headache. It’s time to take back the laundry room!
Topics Decor and Design