P&G, Maytag and The Home Depot have challenged me to redesign my laundry room and share some simple tips with you. umm, sounds good to me!
getting your clothes clean is time consuming and usually ends up at the bottom of a long list of household chores. the average family does around 400 loads of laundry each year – which is a whole lot of time spent in the laundry room! doing laundry doesn’t have to be at the bottom of your list any longer. with products like Tide and Maytag, and a functional, well-designed space, you can get clothes clean in one wash and have more time to spend with your family and friends.
my laundry room is definitely not a typical laundry room. its location is a little unusual. our laundry room is actually located in our master closet, which also works as a walk-through between our master bathroom and the playroom.
so one side is our master closet, the other side is our laundry “room” – basically a small single wall. and that wall also serves as our linen closet, and storage for some cleaning supplies as well.
you see, when we designed our house we intentionally omitted all hallways, which seemed like a waste of square footage. turns out, people use hallways for more than just walking in. they use them for closets, like linen closets, coat closets, and broom closets (oh and laundry rooms). which we have none of. so all those things that normally go in those super useful closets have to find creative new homes.
this is what my laundry room typically looks like. i have lots of great shelf space above our washer and dryer, but so often its just easier to pile it all on top.
in this space, i knew there wasn’t a whole lot i could do to redesign the space. reorganizing was more of what was needed. and to be honest, it needed a little prettying up as well ;)
step 1 was emptying off all the shelves.
step 2 was editing, organizing, refolding and finding new homes.
there was a lot of stuff on those shelves! i started by making a pile of all the linens we no longer use – why was i keeping them?! next i organized all the linens by type: twin sheets, queen sheets, pillow cases, beach towels (all the bath towels are stored in the bathrooms), blankets and comforters. i was able to store some of the cleaning supplies under the sinks in the rooms where they would be used most, and condensed some into smaller containers.
at that point i was able to see what size baskets and containers i needed to store everything. i love having the open shelves, but sometimes with everything exposed it can look a little messy.
i also took out the nasty carpet remnant that was in front of our laundry area and replaced it with a crazy cute rug from Target. now my view into the laundry room is so much prettier!
it still contains everything but more of it is hidden now in baskets.
another big change was the countertop we added over the machines. its actually a hollow core door we bought from the Home Depot! hollow core doors only run about $23 and it was pretty easy to cut down with a handsaw. we (sean ) also cut out pockets in the back for cords and outlets. i finished off the door/counter with a high gloss white spray paint for extra durability and wipe-ability. and really?! a counter for $23? awesome.
another major improvement comes from these awesome baskets. i spotted them first on jones designs company, in her laundry room redesign. when i checked out the price of them (so inexpensive!) i knew they would be a great addition to the space.
they fit just perfectly in the space without me having to move the shelves, and even better they fit the folded sheets perfectly.
because each of the baskets look the same, i labeled them with a shipping tag and simple stamps.
the small baskets were perfect for the sheets and i got one large basket for all of our beach towels. since we’re in the season of beach towels, this basket has been great to just pull down and grab a handful of towels, where before a tower of towels would get all rumpled and messy whenever we’d grab them.
i grabbed one of our locker baskets from the playroom to organize all the laundry extras, like bleach and stain removal miscellany, and that basket sits next to our detergent and softener. we have used tide for years, since i first had babies. my kids all had eczema and tide seemed to be the best detergent for their skin.
we also store our lightbulbs in the laundry room. i keep them on the lowest shelf after i used to have them on the top shelf, and dropped the box of them… and broke a ton of brand new bulbs – grrrr!
we also keep our vacuum in the laundry room/closet. our closet system was designed and installed by sean’s company and i love the pull down ironing board! it slides out and folds down and can be moved at any angle off the wall of the shelves. we also just added this iron hanger from ikea, which made one less thing i had to store above the laundry machines! also across from the machines are our laundry baskets. the bottom is for darks and the top is for whites. the kids basically sort their laundry into those baskets then the laundry goes into the washer from there.
since our laundry room acts as a walk-through between our bathroom and the playroom, it also has 2 doors, both pocket doors. the one that leads to the bathroom we added a full length mirror to both sides, since this room is primarily our closet.
and i love it now! it was really so little work and pretty inexpensive to do. thanks to Home Depot and P&G for giving me the push to just get it done!
how to create a more efficient laundry room:
1 – keep the laundry liquids within arms reach
2 – have a solid surface counter to fold on (i place a small enamel bowl on top to catch the loose change and rocks from the pockets)
3 – teach the kids to do laundry at a young age (both my girls have been doing laundry for our entire family since they were 7)
4 – make it functional with baskets (and hide clutter)
5 – make it pretty with art (a print from katie daisy hung from a vintage hanger, and a canvas i painted spruce up the space)
but wait, there’s more! ;)
the Home Depot is your one-stop shop for finding everything you need for your laundry room, including great cleaning products, appliances, organizing, storage and decorating items. to celebrate the #BrilliantHEClean campaign, Home Depot is offering a $100 gift card with the purchase of a Maytag Powerwash machine & 150 oz. Tide.
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to get a kick start on your laundry room redesign, i get to offer you a chance to win a $500 Home Depot gift card and a sample of Tide!
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this post was sponsored by P&G, Maytag and The Home Depot, but all of the opinions are mine.