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6 ways to help make laundry loads of fun.
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Closed cabinets are a great place to store unsightly items like large bottles of detergent, softeners, cleaning supplies and bulk goods. Courtesy Fuchsia Design

The laundry room is arguably one of the hardest-working spaces in a home, yet it’s often the most neglected when it comes to design. Often times, this space not only houses a washer and dryer but also is the storage area for cleaning products and bulk goods. So how do you maximize storage while creating a balance between form and function? These tips will help you create a beautiful space that makes laundry feel like less of a chore while keeping life just a little less messy.

1 Open storage works well for easily accessible baskets and cubbies to tuck hampers away. Bonus tip: Just because they’re hardworking doesn’t mean they can’t be beautiful. Ditch the white plastic hampers and swap them out for some lovely woven baskets that better match your aesthetic.

2 Imagine folding clothes in your beautiful laundry room rather than letting them sit in a hamper in your bedroom until you find the motivation to address the task. We’ve all been there. If you have front-loading machines, a folding counter can conveniently be located on top of your washer and dryer, or it can be as simple as adding an adjacent console or counter next to your units.

3 A hanging rod and/or drying rack is a must for air drying delicates, and you don’t need a lot of space to incorporate one! If you don’t have room for a designated cubby like the above laundry room, a wall-to-wall tension rod above the washer and dryer is a perfect solution.

4 There’s no reason your laundry room can’t be efficient and beautiful. Closed-off spaces in your home are the right place to take design risks and incorporate fun patterns or colors to make it uniquely you. Consider adding a bold floor tile, wallpaper, colorful cabinet color or even a fun light fixture to make your laundry room an inspiring space to get the job done.

5 Closed cabinets are a great place to store unsightly items like large bottles of detergent, softeners, cleaning supplies and bulk goods. If nothing else, hide some chocolate in the cupboard. You’ll thank me later.

6 Incorporating a deep sink into your space will help with hand-washing delicates, stain treating and pre-washing clothes, and soaking stained items. A pull-out spray on your faucet adds a second layer of cleaning convenience. Consider using a stain-resistant sink like stainless steel or Silgranit that won’t be affected by the blue dyes often found in laundry detergent.

This story can be found in the March 2021 issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. To get more stories like this delivered to your mailbox each month, subscribe here

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