Oh, the laundry room. It may be one of the most neglected parts of the house, even though it is so important. What happens if you cannot do laundry? Complete and utter chaos all day long. That is why you need these five laundry room accessories for your California home. With the right approach for ironing, finding lost socks, sorting laundry, hanging clothes up to dry and keeping all your laundry items organized, laundry day will run much more smoothly.
1. Fold-Out Ironing Board
If you have been lugging your old ironing board out from a corner of the laundry room for years, you know what a pain it can be. You go to grab it and it collapses randomly, surprising you and putting your toes at risk. This is not your only problem. Ironing boards can take up a lot of space, even when collapsed. That is precious floor space that you could be using for cabinetry, baskets, or even just walking space. This is why you need a fold-out ironing board. You want the board, but you don’t necessarily need it to stand on the ground. Fold-out ironing boards are designed to fold out from the wall or from a cabinet. They remain sturdy and you can fold them back in an instant when you are done.
2. Lost Sock Jar
Losing socks is quite possibly one of the most annoying parts of doing laundry. Where do they all go? It is a mystery for the ages. While you may not mind having to purchase a cheap package of white socks for the kids every now and then, replacing the socks you love is a major hassle. It is even worse for specialty socks that cost $15-$20 a pair. Once you find the one you lost, you realize you’ve misplaced the other one. Thankfully, there is a simple solution. With a lost sock basket or jar, you can keep the socks without matches right in your laundry room. When the missing one turns up, you can match it immediately and send it to the right bedroom to be put away.
3. Multiple Laundry Baskets
Everyone has their own routine for laundry. Do you like to do a load every day, or do you save it up to do every few days? Either way, you may quickly realize that you do not have enough laundry baskets. Adding laundry baskets to your laundry room makes laundry day that much less of a cluttered mess. On family members’ designated laundry day, they can take their personal laundry baskets into the laundry room. There, they separate their clothes into whites and colors, to keep the white brighter and the colors from fading. At this point, they can take their personal laundry baskets back to their rooms. This makes it easy for them to put that day’s clothing in the basket, instead of on the floor.
4. Fold-Out Laundry Rack
If you think about all these additions to your laundry room and you start to feel a hint of panic about the lack of room available, you should know that it’s OK. There are plenty of laundry room accessories that really help you maximize space in smaller California homes. The fact is that you need to have a place to hang clothes to dry. Some laundry nooks are so minimal that you do not even have a hanging rod, which forces you to rely on the shower rod in your bathroom. That is so annoying. A fold-out laundry rack saves the day. It is incredibly simple to use. You fold it out and hang up your clothes to dry. It is sturdy and can even support jeans. Once the clothes are dry, you take them off the rack, fold them or hang them up, and put the rack away.
5. Laundry Room Cabinets
Laundry room cabinets are an absolute necessity for your laundry room. The best part is that custom cabinets are designed to fit your laundry room perfectly, no matter the size.
Small Laundry Room Spaces
Imagine a small laundry nook that is scarcely big enough to fit a washer and dryer side-by-side. You would be shocked by how much you can fit in cabinets in that small area. Start with the placement of the washer and dryer. Above the appliances, install a set of matching laundry room cabinets across the top. The cabinets can be built in any size, designed to hold your laundry detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets. They will also contain an iron, fold-out ironing board and drying rack, with pull-out baskets for lost socks. Reconfigure the layout entirely with a stackable washer and dryer set. In this instance, you might install cabinets above or below, with an accompanying hanging rod.
Large Laundry Rooms
With a much bigger space, you can turn the laundry room into something that is really functional and efficient for your family. Start with cabinets on top and bottom. Top cabinets hold laundry solutions, cleaning supplies and anything else you want to keep out of the hands of the little ones. The cabinets on the bottom work so well for everything else. Install pull-out laundry baskets to keep these items off the floor and out of sight. You can even set aside a cabinet for the kids to start managing their own laundry concerns. This teaches your kids a valuable lifetime skill and eventually takes some of the pressure off of you.
There are many components that you need to ensure that your laundry room helps you, instead of stressing you out. Laundry day is easier with a fold-out ironing board, lost sock jar, laundry baskets for sorting, a fold-out laundry rack and laundry room cabinets. To learn more about great designs for your laundry room, request a free laundry room cabinet installation estimate.