Crunched for space, the residents of these homes—mostly under 1,000 square feet—have the same ideas: look upward and compartmentalize. Lofted sleeping areas, closets, and reading nooks are among the smart space-saving solutions.
Determine how much time you spend currently: Whether you have a large family and feel like you’re continuously doing laundry, or you’re a single athletic person who’s always doing laundry, asses your habits. Laundry rooms should reflect your lifestyle and are supposed to simplify your daily routines. Do you pick one day to do all the laundry? Do you lack area to sort, fold and organize clothes? Is your laundry room small and needs more organization?
Plan zones in your laundry room: For an efficient layout consider making zones or areas in your laundry room. The 3 main zones are: 1.) Dirty area 2.) Clean area 3.) Work space. Each of these areas will differ in size and organization based on your home and space allocation. Regardless of these factors, the smallest and largest laundry rooms will be more efficient while incorporating these 3 areas.
Dirty area: If you have space, consider having laundry baskets or hampers adjacent to the washer/dryer area for family member to toss soiled clothes in throughout the week. If space is a challenge, consider sorting clothes in separate laundry bags and bringing in one by one to fill washer. The ideal dirty area will have space for treating soiled clothes and room to store.
Clean area: In this zone will be clean clothes that come out of the dryer to be folded in the work zone or it can be a hanging area. Many clothes don’t need to be put in the dryer. An area for hanging clothes is ideal, and a countertop or work surface should be adjacent to the dryer for efficiency. The less you have to walk from space to space, the better.
Workspace: This area can include ironing board, countertop work surfaces, and area to put cleaning supplies, solvents, etc… If you share your space with a mudroom or a garage. The workspace could double for other functions other than laundry to make it multifunctional.
Add storage for functionality: If there is one thing every laundry room can use is storage. Don’t assume if your laundry area is small that you don’t have space for storage. Smaller laundry room should take advantage of height with shelving, baskets, and labeled bins for storage on top. For front load washer and dryers install a countertop surface above to maximize workspace. For larger laundry rooms, cabinetry and closet storage area works well for housing brooms, mops and cleaning supplies often found in laundry room areas. (Ronique)
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