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Beat Those Laundry Room Blues

In between my rebellious college days and learning the difference between a Phillips- and flat-head screwdriver, I became my mother.

I'm a “Felix,” not an “Oscar.” I find myself spending more time cleaning than enjoying the great outdoors. But while I do consider myself a neat freak, there are some chores that get under my skin more so than others.

I don't like doing laundry or dusting. I've learned the hard way that jeans and white sheets don't go into the washing machine together. I don't enjoy having to separate clothes for different cycles or waiting for a load to dry before folding the wash into neat little piles to be sorted later.

All of this came to a head recently while I was hunting for the missing mate to an athletic sock. I wondered how I could possibly re-imagine my laundry room so it wasn't so, well, laundry room-like. Let's face it, if you have to do laundry, why not make the best of it? Why can't the laundry room have a few more bells and whistles than the standard washer-and-dryer duo?

My personal vision would be to make the room fit my lifestyle. To become a place where I would want to spend time in rather than run away from. I would definitely want to maximize the space with better storage and organization. (Maybe include those metal file lockers I found at a local flea market.) I would paint the walls in a bright shade of yellow, change cabinet hardware, and add some artwork. I would even dust the cobwebs off my stationary bike and move it into the space so I could spin while waiting for the drier to finish.

I'm convinced that even small changes could make my least favorite room one of my favorites.

Other ways to update any laundry room:

Add a Sink. If you have space for a sink with running water, you might want to consider installing one. Call a plumber or do it yourself. A sink can be used for a number of household chores besides laundry, including washing floors, the dog, emptying items and more.

Install an Ironing Board. Besides the standard washer, dryer and sink, consider adding a pull-out ironing board. Many ironing boards can be installed inside cabinets, then folded up to save on space.

Install Easy-to-Care for Flooring. Vinyl or tile works well because either can be mopped up quickly after spills and easily cleaned.

For more on laundry room organization, check out our Easy Laundry Room Storage Solutions slideshow.