Getting the Most from Your Laundry Room

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By Vickie Williamson

Custom Framer and Interior Designer

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If you’ve ever visited a model home, then you probably noticed the roomy, well appointed laundry room. There are some things that we can all do to achieve a more productive and appealing laundry room.

To Organize Your Laundry Room:

-Clean out clutter.

Get rid of any unnecessary things crowding the space. For me, this means finding space for the vacuum cleaner, the snow shovel and the snow boots while working around the furnace and the hot water heater. The rule of thumb here is if you haven’t used it in the last year, toss it.

-Install shelves and use them.

If your laundry room doesn’t have shelving, this is an easy do-it-yourself project. Shelving is required for cleaners used frequently. Store seldom-used items high and often-used items on lower shelves where you can easily reach them. Dress up shelves with baskets for a quick and easy way to hide smaller items.

-Employ wall hooks.

This is another do-it-yourself project that will reap a large benefit. Wall hooks work wonders in a utility space. To make the laundry room more appealing, add a fun, vibrant area rug or mat that will bring you cheer with each load. Also, proper lighting is essential. Evaluate your lighting and make changes that will improve the function of the space and make you feel better about being there. Maybe all that’s needed is a higher-wattage bulb or attractive shade.

Then step back and relish a job well done. Once things are in the right place and the room feels clean and spacious, you’ll feel better about that never-ending chore of doing the laundry.

Prince William resident Vickie Williamson owns Fine Design Custom Framing & Interiors in Woodbridge. She has worked in the fine art, framing and decorating industry for more than 25 years and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

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