When we bought our home, I was so excited to finally have a laundry room. In its initial state, there was nothing special about it at all, but it was a big step up from the bi-fold doors that housed our washer and dryer in our last home.
I didn’t have much in mind for this space at first. We were already installing new floors and baseboards, so just a small checklist after that helped clean this room up for the first few months we were here. Round one of remodeling the laundry room looked like:
Removing the outdated wire shelving
Giving it a fresh new coat of paint
Replacing the washer and dryer (with the set we had from our old home)
Replacing the large fluorescent light bar (not seen here, but you know the kind, lol) with recessed lighting
Adding some wall decorations with whatever I had on-hand already
Seriously, I did not know how to decorate this room for the longest time. But I let this space settle in my mind for awhile we focused on other, more pressing things like renovating the kitchen.
One thing I did know was that I’d love to have a wood tabletop over the appliances for folding clothes. I love that this has become so popular — they obviously add function, but also help to create clean lines in a laundry room, as opposed to looking at the tops of a washer and dryer that shift around after every use.
So, when we were finally ready to revisit this space, I started there — with the tabletop. We began figuring out the amount of wood and stain we’d need to make the tabletop, then decided to get enough product to create some shelving too.
Not only did we lose some storage space after removing the old wire rack shelving, but we lost the ability to hang-dry clothes too. So, we decided to install two short shelves stacked on one half of the wall above the appliances, and a hanging rod on the other half. This would allow us to hang longer items like pants, dresses, etc.
After that, all that was left were the finishing touches. Since there’s no closed storage in here and most laundry products are not-so-pretty, I tried to find storage solutions that would be visually appealing, yet efficient. A few storage and decorating methods I utilized included:
Hiding laundry detergent pods in a tin bowl
Staging an attractive laundry basket on the counter (which I really only use for dish towels or other quick throw-ins; we have a full-size laundry basket in our master bathroom)
Hanging nice wooden hangers that can handle all types of clothing, for ready use
Decorating with some faux greenery since there’s no natural sunlight in here for any life to flourish
Placing my favorite candle in here always keeps the room smelling good (even when not lit)
Hanging a key holder since this is where we enter the house from our garage
Each of these things have made such a difference in my mind, and are just as efficient (if not more) than what I was working with before – trying to hide the Oxi-Clean behind the laundry basket after every use, opening the Tide box each time rather than just grab-and-go, removing tired hangers from the laundry room every time we had visitors, etc. My OCD heart is so much happier with this space now!
What about you? What methods have you found helpful for decorating or efficiency in your laundry room? I’d love to hear!