Laundry Room Accessories

Little helpers for a big job

No one likes doing laundry, but a well-planned laundry room with all the trimmings can make the chore more enjoyable. From start to finish, there are a few laundry room accessories that are must-haves.

Before You Wash

Simplifying laundry day starts long before the clothes hit the washing machine. Getting all the laundry in one place is the first battle, especially if you have children. But a heavy-duty laundry cart, laundry basket or laundry bag can help you assemble it all, or you can give each family member a laundry hamper to store their dirty clothes in till laundry day.

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Once you have all the clothes in one location, you'll want a laundry sorter or laundry organizer, so you can separate the clothes into like piles. Delicates, darks, lights – each load can have its own compartment. You can even train your kids to do the sorting themselves to make the job easier for you. From there, it's easy to toss a load in and switch it out for another as you go about your day.

After You Wash

Laundry gets complicated between the washer and dryer – some clothes can't go in the dryer at all while others benefit from hanging for a while and then just a quick spin to remove wrinkles.

While shower or curtain rods make great hanging places for drying laundry, it's not the most efficient or aesthetically pleasing way to dry your clothes. Instead, if your laundry room has the space, try rigging up a clothesline or a rod in the laundry room. Some clothespins or sturdy clothes hangers will allow you to hang up your clothes out of sight from the rest of the house.

Remember too, that items like sweaters and T-shirts may lose their shape if hung up to dry. In this case, a drying rack is the best option. It may be a large item, but most drying racks fold up and can be stored out of sight when not in use.

Other Must-Haves in a Laundry Room:

Folding table. Even if it's just a card table that you take out and put away, having the extra space to fold and sort dry clothes without dragging on the floor is a huge benefit.

A toothbrush or other small brush. Great for rubbing in stain remover, you'll notice better results if you take the extra time to apply the product carefully.

Lint pail. You'll need somewhere to clean out that lint tray and dump your used dryer sheets!

Lighting. Laundry rooms are notorious for being dark and dingy, so make sure to include proper lighting in yours. Not only will it help you spot stains before they go in the wash, it will also keep you more upbeat during the job.