Spruce up your laundry room for under $100
Consider it the most underappreciated room in the house. Really, many of us spend a lot more time in the laundry room than we want to admit.
So goal number one is to make sure it’s organized (which may lead to less time spent there). Next, you want to be sure it’s safe. Too many fires in the United States start because of lack of maintenance to the dryer.
We’ve come up with a few tips to help you shape up the laundry room. With the exception of our first, all-important tip, everything else should come in under $100.
Most people realize it’s important to clean the lint trap out with every use of the dryer. But few realize that the leading cause of home dryer fires is the failure to clean out the vent pipe at least once a year. The National Fire Protection Association suggests hiring a professional to clean out that vent if you can’t do it yourself. And if you have a gas dryer, let a pro inspect it and ensure the gas line and connections are leak-free. Finally, get out of the habit of running the dryer when you’re not home and awake. If there’s a problem with the appliance, you’ll be there to troubleshoot.
Sort it out:
Step one is to make sure that the guests of honor in your laundry room – the dirty articles of clothing – are sorted according to their color and delicate sensibilities. Look for a hamper with bins for your colored clothing, whites and delicates. Honey-Can-Do Steel Folding Triple Hamper in White, $22.99 (plus Cash Back), bedbathandbeyond.com
It you’re tripping over your laundry supplies, or worse – storing them on your dryer, consider a rolling, slender cart that can hold everything from detergent and dryer sheets to rags and towels.In tight spaces it helps to look for something slender enough to fit next to the machines. Slim Household Laundry Cart, $18.92 (plus Cash Back), homedepot.com
Along that line:
No room for a drying rack? You can’t beat an old-fashioned clothesline. Mount one on the wall, then stretch it across the room and tie it on a hook across the room. Just add clothespins, and it’s an instant solution for drying those delicates and sweaters that would be damaged by the dryer. Neatfreak! Mixed Material Retractable Clothesline, $14.98 (plus Cash Back), Lowes.com
Hang it up:
Once that dryer buzzes, the savvy laundry pro knows to grab those blouses, shirts, slacks and skirts before the wrinkles settle in. Mount a handy shelf that will serve two purposes: Hold your supplies and offer a rod to hang your clothes. Rubbermaid 4 foot Wardrobe Shelf, $19.97 (plus Cash Back), Walmart.com