The laundry room is a space that’s used every day, and where things are constantly moving around: clothes are thrown in the laundry pile, washed, moved from the washing machine to the dry, sorted, ironed if need be… It’s also a great place to store cleaning products, which you almost certainly use on a daily basis. For this reason, this space can be really difficult to keep tidy. It’s essential to properly plan it in order to achieve a comfortable, practical space that’s easy to keep organised.
An original, decorative, and practical idea is to use baskets to organise your laundry room. It’s very common to have a laundry basket in the house, but baskets can also be useful for storing many other things. Given the different sizes, shapes, materials, finishes, and colours available, they can act as decorative items as well as functional storage.
However, before we start organising the baskets, we first need to give some structure to the space:
- The washing machine and tumble dryer can be place next to, or on top of, each other. If you have them side by side, you can use the top surface for sorting and folding clean clothes. If you have one on top of the other, you save half the amount of space.
- You can take advantage of the extra wall space to hang shelves. If you’re planning to organise all the items you keep in the laundry room in baskets, it’s not necessary to install cupboards with doors.
- The ironing board can be leaned against something or hung on the wall. It also might be useful to have a ladder or stool to help you reach the higher shelves that, if you’ve organised the space well, are close to the ceiling.
Now that that’s sorted, which baskets can be used to organise the laundry room?
- For dirty clothes. If you have enough space, you could even have more than one laundry basket for your dirty clothes, so that you can separate them beforehand and save yourself time and energy: one for whites, one for colours, and one for delicates, or extra dirty clothes.
- For clothes that need ironing. Once your clothes are clean and dry, some of them need to be ironed, but normal life dictates that we don’t always have time to do this as soon as we take them out of the dryer. In the meantime, if you keep them together in one basket, you’ll have them ready for when you find the time, without leaving a mess in the laundry room.
- For freshly ironed clothes. If you keep your freshly ironed clothes in a rectangular basket, it’s much less likely that they’ll get creased afterwards, and they’ll also be much easier to sort them. Likewise, if you use a basket with handles, it’s more convenient for carrying from room to room, to put your clothes away in their respective cupboards.
- For cleaning products. Medium and small baskets are the best options for storing your cleaning products practically and conveniently. You can find the same style of basket in an array of different sizes, which makes it easy to consolidate your decorative style or, on the contrary, you could combine different materials or prints, whichever you prefer. It’s really helpful to organise your products according to use: detergents and fabric softeners together in one basket; bathroom cleaning products in another; and so on and so forth for all the other types of cleaning product: for the house, for jewellery, for stains, etc. Keep the ones you use every day in the easier to reach positions, on shelves that are right at hand, and those you use less often higher up.
As we’ve seen, storage baskets are really the perfect resource for organising your laundry room and keeping it neat and tidy.