Doing the laundry has never been anyone’s favourite task – quite the opposite, actually. And thanks to this near-universal feeling, the laundry room tends to be one of the most neglected, not to mention chaotic, spaces in the house.

If you’re like most people, your laundry room is just as cluttered and disorganised as your garage. Your clean clothes pile up just as often as the dirty clothes do, and you often find yourself rummaging through these piles to find something decent to wear.

IKEA’s experts in organising spaces suggest a rather simple solution: revamp your laundry room. Turn it into a calm, uncluttered and organised space. Here are some simple suggestions on how you can get started:

1. White Paint and Tiles

White instantly gives you a feeling of being extremely clean and is thus the perfect colour to incorporate into your laundry room. It adds brightness even if the room is tucked away in a sunless corner.

The white also helps you ensure that any tiny bits of dirt are instantly noticed and dealt with. You could even use white tiles as a backsplash between your cabinets and appliances to complete the look of the room.

2. Fold-Away Drying Racks

You can find many easy-to-install, fold-away drying racks that you can set up in a jiffy. They’re great for drying small articles of clothing – like socks, underwear or hand towels – and are easy to put away when not in use.

You can even use them for drying larger pieces of clothing indoors when the weather is poor, adding to the benefits of getting a drying-rack installed.

3. Clever Slimline Closets

If you don’t already have them, create some clever storage solutions in your laundry room. Slimline closets are great for storing away mops, brooms and cleaning agents.

IKEA, for example, has a whole range of shelves and racks you can mix and match to create your own storage, so feel free to experiment.

4. Ventilation

Another often overlooked fact – good ventilation is key to keeping your laundry room free from moisture and mould. A slatted window or one with blinds should be a staple in every laundry room because it will inevitably get wet and warm.

If you don’t have a window or opening, invest in a dehumidifier and deodoriser, which will do the job for you.

With these simple tricks, you should quickly be able to convert your laundry room from a nightmare space into one you might actually enjoy being in! What do you think?

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