Streamline your laundry
Your laundry room is probably one of the most-used spaces in your home, yet it’s probably one of the most inefficient areas. With these five quick laundry room updates, you can easily make your laundry room more efficient.
make your laundry room more efficient
Co-locate related tasks -- and remove the rest
One of the quickest updates you can make in your laundry room is to group tasks that are alike and remove ones that aren’t. For example, if you keep your ironing basket in your bedroom closet, move it to the laundry room. If your husband has a box of random hardware stashed in the corner, ask him to relocate it to a more appropriate place. Keep your laundry room and all its contents focused on one thing: Laundry.
Spruce up the decor
While your household design dollars probably aren’t going to decorating your laundry room, a bright can of paint can go a long way to making your laundry room more inviting. Choose your favorite bright or light color, especially if your laundry area is in a dark basement. Use paint with low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and add a couple drops of vanilla to the paint can before you stir it up to eliminate the paint smell -- and keep it off of your fresh, clean clothes. Finish decorating with a cushy rug. Not only will your laundry room look better, but a cushioned rug will help absorb the shock of standing on hard tile or concrete floors.
Upgrade the storage
Laundry rooms attract clutter: Bottles, dryer sheets, lint tufts and piles of clothes waiting to be washed, folder or ironed. Contain the clutter with updated storage. Plastic-coated wire shelving units, which are inexpensive to buy at most hardware or home improvement stores, can be installed throughout your space to corral and separate items.
Whether you’re planning on a big update with energy-efficient appliances or you want to make a few small upgrades, you can quickly make your laundry room more energy-efficient -- and save yourself money. Clean out your dryer’s ventilation system, including a good scrub of the lint trap. Check to make sure there aren’t any holes that need to be repaired. Tighten the hose connected to your washing machine. Check for water spots to make sure nothing is leaking. Switch out the lighting to compact fluorescent bulbs (CFCs). These minor tweaks won’t cost much, but they will save you money!
Update your washing machine
Front-loading washers tend to clean better and operate more efficiently than their top-loading counterparts. The LG TurboWash washer with Steam technology takes efficiency to another level by saving you 20 minutes on larger loads. Plus, if you’re short on space or your laundry room is more like a laundry closet, a front-loading washer allows you to stack your washer and dryer, saving several feet of space.
More tips to update your laundry room
Watch this video for more tips on how to organize your laundry room.