The laundry room is about to get really busy with daily school outfits, sports uniforms and practice clothes. To make the entire process a little bit more manageable, and maybe even enjoyable, now is a great time to revamp your laundry room to handle what’s to come.
1. Clean and organize
If you already have cabinets in place, clean them out and reorganize them ahead of the start of school. This will streamline your daily laundry operations. Set up a system for your laundry basket to keep clean and dirty clothes better organized. Make sure your family knows the sorting system, too! Incentives for using them maybe?! Restock your laundry supplies with new detergent, dryer sheets, hangers, and fabric softeners.
2. Update flooring
Depending on the age of your home, you may have carpet, linoleum, concrete or any other number of flooring surfaces in your laundry room. Make the investment in tile wood flooring, which hold up well to water drips or humidity in the laundry room, and are also easy to clean.
3. Clean out your washer and dryer
Many people may not realize it or think about it, but your washer and dryer accumulate a lot of build-up – even mold, mildew and lint. These appliances should be cleaned regularly, so now is a good time to tackle the task. Run your washer (empty) on the sanitize setting with a quarter cup of bleach, or for older models, run an empty load on the hottest setting with a quarter cup of bleach. Wipe the inside rim as well to catch any mold or mildew, or any other build-up. Clean your lint trap, which should already be done regularly, and look deep into the nooks and crannies where it is inserted to make sure all lint is removed.
4. Install a closet system and/or cabinets
If you’re going all-in with renovating your room, you might as well go big! Hire a professional to install the perfect cabinet system for you, complete with hooks, shelving and anything else that will create your ideal laundry room.
5. Get the kids involved
Get the kids excited about their new laundry room, too, and remember to teach them age-appropriate tasks to help them gain some responsibility and take some of the workload off your shoulders.