It’s laundry day. Are you overwhelmed with the task even before you begin? Even if you have a large space with the most hi-tech machines, the whole process can be daunting if you do not have enough washer and dryer storage space. You might wonder why the laundry room doesn’t have the proper storage. I find that many items in the laundry room live there temporarily, so your storage needs are constantly changing. The storage solution to a constantly changing environment is to use multipurpose and interchangeable storage products. I will provide a few storage options for items such as detergent, linens, and cleaning supplies that have a permanent residence in the laundry room. Take note of the modular pieces that can be a convenient solution for other items that may not live in this space permanently.
Laundry drawers are amazing, and you can purchase them online or at local home organization stores. If you have a washer and dryer that cannot be stacked, finding ingenious solutions like putting a drawer between the two units is a real lifesaver. The market for these products right now is flooded with small, slender drawers that are perfect for fitting under, over, beside, or in between your washer and dryer.
If you need a little more storage than the drawers provide, use a laundry tower. Products like these can be used in almost every laundry space. Selecting a tower from the same manufacturer as your washer and dryer will help you match the finishes and design of your washer and dryer for a customized look. If you plan to place this storage in the middle or to the side of your washer and dryer, double check the height of the tower to make sure its dimensions are the same height as the washer and dryer. Products with the same height provide you with a larger surface area for folding clothes and storing laundry baskets.
Installing a shelving unit in your laundry room is brilliant because it utilizes the entire space. Most home decorating, organizing, and improvement stores have floor-to-ceiling storage spaces like the one pictured that you can assemble and install yourself. Simply add a mix of organization products to maximize the use of this built-in. If your washer and dryer are located in a multipurpose space, you can conceal the stacked units by installing a chic curtain and rod.
If you do not want to build a shelving unit, you can capture the look and function by using a pre-assembled shelf. Try to find one with cabinets either on the top or bottom to hold your cleaning supplies. Since most pre-built units are not quite floor-to-ceiling, you can place baskets on top of the shelves to gain that otherwise wasted vertical storage space.
Adding a table on top of your washer and dryer will give you more surface area for folding clothes. Customize your space by adding wicker baskets and shelves to both sides of the washer and dryer. Finish off the space by installing a cabinet and a shelf above the unit. I like the idea of using a wooden medicine cabinet because it provides concealed storage for small items such as stain removers. It will keep your laundry room looking organized and tidy.
With solutions like these you might look forward to laundry time. The easier the access and the more you stay on top of the laundry, the easier it will be to use your space.
Laura Leist, CPO
Organizing with Laura