Whether we like it or not, a lot of time is spent in the laundry, be it sorting, washing, hanging, folding, ironing.... There are always laundry-related tasks that need to be completed, especially if you have a large family. So, in my opinion, every effort should be made to create an organised, functional and efficient space, as well as one that looks nice so you enjoy spending time in there (well, as much as one can enjoy spending time doing laundry!). Due to our current home renovation, we will need to redo our laundry room in the very near future. We weren't quite prepared for having to tackle this project so soon, so we've been doing lots of research and taking note of clever storage and organisation ideas to incorporate into our new space. Today I'm sharing some of the creative laundry ideas I've come across, as well as a free project planner to get you thinking about your wish-list if you've got a project of your own in the works. Ready to be inspired?
After a lot of inspiration research, I used a project planner to list down the things that are currently working in our laundry space, the things that aren't, my wish list for the space, and the things we'll need to purchase, I'll be sharing more details in my next post, but if you've got a project coming up, you might want to use a planner to help you think about exactly what is and isn't working in your current space, as well as your wish-list of ideas. Here's my inspiration for the different elements of our new laundry space...
Getting the sorting phase of the laundry process down to an easy system is crucial for saving yourself time and effort when it comes time for washing. We currently use dark and light sorting baskets, similar to the ones below, which makes it so easy to throw in a load without having to sort first. I'd like to add another of these baskets for towels and linens.
Wicker baskets (labelled of course!) are another sorting solution, depending on how many washing categories you have i.e. darks, lights, towels, linen, sports clothes etc. You can then grab the basket you need when it comes time to wash.
I love these concealed storage baskets, as you're not taking up any valuable floor space. I just wonder how likely my children and husband would be to actually get their dirty clothes in the right baskets, and how many items would more likely end up on the floor...
One of the things I continue to remind my husband about is my need for more drying racks! I am obsessed with these wall-hung drying racks, and prefer them to a clothes horse as they don't take up any floor space. We currently have 2 that fold down when not in use, but we had to re-situate them to an awkward spot above the bench-top to make room for our chest freezer. I have to stand on a step-stool to reach the top rack and as they're not above a heating vent, the clothes take much longer to dry. I'm planning on having 4 of these babies in our new laundry (like the picture below) so I can have a heap of things drying at once! A great idea if you've got the wall space.
This is another great idea for drying delicate items and things that should be dried flat rather than hung - a pull-out drying rack! Heart-eyes!
A simple rod with coat-hangers ready to be used makes drying shirts and blouses a breeze and helps them maintain their shape.
And how great is this nifty product! (available here) I'm not sure how well the shirts would dry so close together, but it would be useful to hang items when ironing a large collection.
Great laundry storage is another absolute essential for me. There are lots of bits and pieces that we store in this space (you can see all the different categories in this video), so I want as much storage as possible! Whether it's concealed behind cabinet doors...
On open shelves with large, durable baskets...
Or utilizing vertical space to attach baskets and caddies. I'm planning on a combination of all of these storage elements.
We store all our cleaning products in the laundry, including mop, vacuum cleaner, brooms, and all the sprays, cleaning cloths, rags etc. My main requirements in this area are deeper shelves to fit more in, and having everything organised by categories so I can easily and quickly find what I need. I love how functional everything is in the picture below, and the labels make it look cohesive and pretty.
I also love the idea of utilising the back of a door where possible. Attaching some simple storage compartments is perfect for organising cleaning products.
This wire rack is the same as the one I used for our gift wrapping station, so I know how easy it is to install and how crazy effective it is at keeping everything corralled and easy to find. Love this idea!
Hooks are a no-brainer for keeping cleaning utensils up off the floor to prevent them from sliding around. I'll be using one of these hook sets inside the cupboard though, so the visual clutter is concealed.
PSST... Got a home project coming up? Whether it's an entire room makeover, a kitchen re-organisation or tackling the garage, this project planner will get you going in the right direction before you launch in! Get your free copy on the button below.
CLEVER ORGANISING IDEAS
I love any creative idea when it comes to organising - sometimes the smallest change can really change the way you approach a daily task. Like how about framing a guide to stain removal, so you can see at a glance how to remove a tricky stain.
Team the chart with a stain removal kit full of natural products for those hard-to-remove clothing stains, and you're a cleaning pro!
A small supply of sewing utensils in the laundry room is another handy idea for those quick fixes.
Put a hanging rod directly above a sink so that dripping wet bathers or hand-washed items don't make a puddle on the bench or floor.
Use decorative hooks as an easy but attractive way to hang your ironing board...
Or use a hidden ironing board within a drawer so you can just pull it out when it needs to be used, then tuck it away again. It's going on my wish-list!
Sometimes when you're planning a new home space or about to embark on a big project, you just need some beautiful inspiration pictures to get the creative juices flowing. These are some of my favourites:
The shimmering backsplash tile.
The unique look of a herringbone tile backsplash.
A colourful wallpapered feature wall.
A beautiful soothing colour for the cabinets teamed with a gorgeous farmhouse sink.
A beautiful wooden bench top and pure white cabinetry in a light-filled space.
A girl can dream, right? Stay tuned for my next blog post where I'll be showing you our developing plan for our laundry room that's sloooooowly starting to come together. Don't forget to grab your copy of the project planner on the button below!