The utility room is probably one of the most under-appreciated rooms in the house: While it may be one of the smaller rooms, it is also one of the hardest working rooms in the house. By adding storage to a small, utility room, you can make the room comfortable and functional.
Laundry and Ironing Layouts Anyone who has children knows that a big chunk of any parent's life is spent doing laundry. Between gathering, sorting, washing, drying, folding and hanging, the laundry process is really a never ending cycle. So having a utility room that is set up to make doing laundry easier is wonderful for any family. A laundry room needs to have laundry hampers, and rather have them gobble up floor space, add some efficiency with a work table. You can tuck the hampers underneath the table when they are not in use, and you have a handy table for folding clothes, sheets and towels. If you do not have a lot of floor space, you can mount a tabletop to the wall using sturdy, shelf brackets. Make sure that your laundry hampers are on casters so that you can easily slide them in and out underneath the table. Another handy addition to your utility room is an ironing board; a fold down board mounted on the wall is a terrific option. Your ironing board will always be close at hand, and it will be a breeze to tuck it away when not in use. A wall mounted ironing board is a great way to keep a small utility room from looking cluttered.
Clearing Out Clutter If you have wall space, hang cabinets or shelving on the walls of your utility room. If you opt for shelving, use coordinated bins to keep the shelves looking neat. Hanging shelves or a cabinet on the wall over the washer and dryer is a great way to use wall space that would otherwise be wasted. If you have room between your washer and dryer, add a small roll-out cabinet that can house additional laundry supplies.
Storage Keeps Things Organized By adding as much storage as possible to the laundry room, you can make sure that your utility room will always be neat and tidy. If your utility room is also a mud room, then organization becomes even more important. Add a small stool or storage bench to sit on when removing boots, and provide a boot rack to hold shoes and boots. Add a boot mat to hold muddy boots, and place it under your boot shelf, so that when the boots are dry and clean, they can be put on the shelf. You can also add a few wall pegs as a handy place to hang hats, coats or even the dog's leash.
Organize your utility room so that you have what you need where you need it, and it will not matter a bit that you have a small utility room, because the room will efficiently meet your needs.
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