I have found recently that having a space that you don’t dread going to can make a world of difference. Our former laundry room (and I use that term very loosely) was beyond small, dark and inefficient.
Even though our new laundry area is tiny, it’s bright and organized and I love the efficiency of our front loading washer/dryer. We have an outlet on the wall, so we use the shelf to charge our phones and iPad as well as store mail.
An added bonus is it prevents things from falling behind the washer and dryer, because isn’t that where all the socks end up?? They provide a handy surface for folding, as well as tons of storage, or as in the picture, you could have baskets installed for each family member.
Having a stain chart handy is a great idea and a terrific time saver. It not only cuts down on the amount of bending needed, but you gain valuable space for storage as well. Stain removers, sponges, and scrubbers will be quite happy if they’re stored in their own container on a shelf or a cabinet. Having a place to put those small items that turn up in pockets is a convenience that every laundry room should have.
Having decent counterspace in the laundry room is a key ingredient to getting in and out as quickly as possible. If you don’t have any but you have the room, purchase a small melamine table, which is easy to clean and stain resistant.
Switch the door on the washing machine and/or dryer to open the other way if that makes it easier to load and unload laundry.