In search of a few simple changes to make your laundry room a little easier to manage? Try these 6 simple and affordable small changes that make a big impact in the laundry room.
When we first moved into our house, after spending four mouths renovating, I remember our general contractor telling us it would take a year to really get situated in our house. We would need to get through all the seasons to see how things work. Not that I’m surprised, but he was totally right. It’s been almost a year since we moved to Philly and about eight months since we moved into our house, and we are still getting situated and “figuring everything out.”
As we have settled into our new house over the last year, we’ve slowly been making little adjustments here and there as we figure out how the space works for our family. We made some significant renovations before moving in that made a major difference (of course), but the little modifications can sometimes make a big difference as well. Such has been the case in our laundry room.
It’s not a particularly large space but it’s a dedicated space, which is new for us. Technically, it’s also our entrance to the house from the garage, so it includes coats and shoes and backpacks. But in our previous apartments, we had laundry in our unit (thank goodness) yet it was always a stacked set of appliances shoved in a closet. To have a whole room and full size appliances is an upgrade undoubtedly.
To date, we have made a handful of pretty small changes that make the space so much more functional for us.
6 Small Changes For Big Impact in Your Laundry Room
Low Hooks the Boys Can Reach
It drove me a little bit nuts that the boys got home and tossed their coats and backpacks on the floor. But since they couldn’t reach any hooks, I couldn’t much blame them for not truly putting things away.
We had a half dozen wall hooks from their old room in Chicago that hadn’t yet been put to good use. In about fifteen minutes, I put four of them up (two for jackets and two for backpacks) low enough so the boys could reach. Now I have a slightly cleaner laundry room and a little more accountability for the boys.
Hooks For Our Keys
Tell me you’ve raced around the house looking for your car keys as you’re rushing to get out of the house. I know I’m not alone here.
To alleviate (most) of this frustration, we added a small set of hooks for our keys just as we walk in the door. We had the small rack of hooks from our old apartment and reused the little thing. I still misplace my keys occasionally, until I usually find them buried in a pocket or purse, but it happens far less often.
Small Trash Can
Our laundry room is adjacent to our kitchen so I’m not far from our kitchen trash. But it bothered me to carry dryer lint from one side of the kitchen to the other considering it’s where we eat and prepare our food.
Stealing the idea from M’s mom, I added a small and inexpensive trash can to the laundry room so I didn’t have to carry the dryer lint to the kitchen each time I cleaned it out.
Because we walk into the laundry room from the garage, it’s also an easy receptacle for small trash coming in from the car on the way into the house.
Small Basket for Laundry
We go through loads of kitchen towels. We have paper towels on our counter, but we don’t really use them often. Instead, we transitioned a few years ago to using small towels for most kitchen cleaning purposes to reduce waste. Having a basket in which to throw all the dirty towels until we are ready to wash a full load had been such a small but helpful change.
We also throw in the random pair of socks hanging out in the floor, a shirt that gets covered in lunch remnants or other pieces of laundry that I would otherwise have to run to a bedroom to park in a laundry basket.
Small Container on Shelf
No longer needing many baby supplies, we repurposed our baby accessory dishwasher caddy to hold small laundry tools like stain remover and dryer balls. I love having a place to put these things so they don’t roll around or easily fall out of the cabinet. (I’m also pretty happy not to need it for baby bottle pieces anymore…)
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Other Laundry Room Tips
What little tips or tricks have you tried in your laundry room that made it cleaner, simpler or more sustainable and easier to manage? I’d love to hear in the comments!