Even when we aren’t remodeling our home, most of us daydream about the new kitchen we want someday, or imagine how we will reinvent the living room, or eventually remodel the master bath.
The majority of us, I’ll guess, don’t spend much time dreaming about improvements to the laundry room or the mudroom. Improving laundry efficiency probably falls short on the list of lifetime goals for most.
But if you are planning a new layout for your home, time dedicated to the space for the things we often take for granted – the laundry and mudroom – is time well spent.
I’m an advocate of combining these two complimentary spaces when possible. Afterall, both rooms are meant for cleaning tasks, but neither is the showcase of your home. Many items commonly stored in both rooms overlap in uses, so naturally, it is convenient to have them near each other. Storage space enables organization but you also want a place in the house where you (or your family) can be comfortable in without having to worry about cleaning up afterwards.
Not every laundry room has a sink along with a washer and dryer, but it helps confine laundry duties to a single room. A sink is useful for those delicate “hand-wash only” items. I always try to fit in a closet for the broom and vacuum cleaner, too, but my favorite laundry room accessory is a drying rack over the sink. It makes hanging drip-dry clothing so much easier!
My second favorite, for people who really like to iron clothes (there are some, even if you don’t know any yourself) is a fold-out ironing board. Bring a playlist, sync your Airpods, and get to work!
Make it Easy to Organize
A good mud/laundry room has as much storage as possible. That means plenty of cabinets and shelves - along with a table or table-height counter on which to pile and then fold clean clothes. This is an especially fun unit to have if you have kids; it makes teaching your children how to do laundry much easier and more fun.
Just as in most rooms, you should arrange for good lighting. In this room, though, concentrate on painting it in light colors to create the feeling of an expanded space.
Inevitably, every photo of a laundry or mudroom shows a clean floor with everything in place. If you can’t keep the space uncluttered all the time, a well-designed room will make it easy to quickly tidy up. Bins, drawers, and doors or curtains over cubbies will help maintain the illusion. Nothing has to be too fancy. Hardware and home goods stores offer a wide range of products to increase storage.