Take the blah out of your laundry room with these fun products that are sure to jazz things up a bit.
Trend Lab Versailles Hamper
This funky hamper goes a long way toward adding a touch of style to your laundry room. The black and white scroll pattern will match nearly any decor, but will really pop next to bright colors. The mesh liner is great for toting clothes (clean or dirty) around the house, and the whole thing folds up nice and flat so you can store it when it’s not in use. Pick it up at Target for just $41.
Every laundry room needs hooks, either to hang clothes to dry, to hang clothes waiting to be washed, or to hang those ever present laundry bags (full or empty). Why use boring white hooks when you can mix things up with these fun hooks from Ikea? They resemble the business end of man’s best friend, and they’re made of soft plastic, so you don’t have to worry about taking yourself out by walking into one. They’re available in several colors, so you’ll find one to match your style. They’re not available online, but if you have an Ikea store near you, you can pick them up for just $2 each.
Home basics 3-piece glass jar set
Say goodbye to those ugly detergent boxes with these fun and funky glass jars from Kmart. Use the largest one for powder detergents and the others for dryer sheets, clothespins and anything else you use in your laundry tasks. Make sure you keep the scoop from your detergent for easy use — just store it right in the jar with the powder. These jars are a steal at $10 for the set.
Mister Steamy Dryer Balls
The only thing more fun than the name of this product is how it works. Do you hate to iron? No problem! Just add some water to these fun little balls and throw them in the dryer with your wrinkled clothes. Once the dryer heats up, they make steam and your clothes come out nice and wrinkle-free. These are an “As Seen on TV” product, but you can pick up a pack of two for just $10 at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Household essentials: Five-line dryer
Every laundry room needs a place to hang clothes to dry, but those overhead lines can get annoying when not in use. This easy-to-install five-line dryer from Wal-Mart extends to 34 feet and has five lines, so you can pull it just a foot or two for one shirt, or all the way out for a total of 170 feet of drying space — enough for a whole load. If you’re not using it, just fold it back up and it’s out of sight, out of mind. It’s a little pricey at $60, but worth every penny if you like to line-dry your clothes.
Give everyone a mesh lingerie bag for dirty socks and, when it’s full, throw the whole bag in the wash. No more sorting socks!