Three Tips for Creating a Laundry Oasis

by Scotty Ledford, P.A. 02/06/2020

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What do you picture when someone says 'laundry'?  Is it piles of dirty clothes, sock singles lost to some undisclosed dimension, a moldy smell and lost hours?  Or is it shrugging on a warm shirt straight from the dryer, lemon scent and the zen of folding: a little pocket of peace and quiet on a hectic, cold day?

People who fit into the latter category aren't from Stepford.  Chances are, they've made the deliberate choice to craft a laundry room the way they design other rooms in their house: for their comfort, convenience, and in the case of the laundry room, for utility and ease of use. 

Often a key component to creating a harmonious space is to minimize clutter.  Check out these three tips for creating a clutterless, clean, and welcoming workspace!

Incorporate Drying Racks

Drying delicates can create a lot of clutter!  Where do you put the stand-up drying rack?  Where to put it when you've folded it away? 

Solve that problem in a snap by making fold-away drying racks part of your interior design straightaway.  You can easily purchase or create cabinet-style drying racks like these:

The bars swing down for ease of use, but when you release them, they snap upright to keep your drying clothes out of the way.  Centsational Style shows you how to make your own here

Alternately,  you can incorporate rails on which to hang your clothing from hangers right in the laundry room, for things that are best dried while hanging, or just to store clothing that's clean and ready to wear. These rails are best incorporated under cabinets or a ledge that may not be in use.

Even small spaces can make use of this trick.  Try creating a  hanging bar, made simply from two thick, leather straps and a copper rod (or metal rod of your choosing).  It looks incredibly upscale but would cost very little to make. Just fix two, 3-4 inch leather straps to a ledge or underneath weight-baring cabinets, then slide the rod through.

If you're feeling crafty, you might also consider making an old ladder into a drying rack for a farmhouse feel.

Keep Your Laundry Basket Space in Mind

Keep laundry baskets out of the way by creating drawers or shelving space for them.  If you're staging a house, buy baskets that fit so that these drawers' purpose is clear to potential buyers -- and so no one has to hunt for the right-sized baskets later on.

You can also create a laundry basket holder of your own from freestanding shelving units if you don't have built-in drawers or have trouble finding a fitting that will work for your space.

Feeling crafty? Here's a great article on how to create a do-it-yourself mobile laundry basket holder.

Keep Your Ironing Board Out of the Way

Your ironing board can take up a lot of space if you keep it set up, and it can be a challenge to yank it forward out of a nook or wrestle it down from a high spot if you keep it folded. 

Consider hanging it up on coat hooks.  Be sure to hang it so that the cloth of the board (where you'd grip it to lift) is at shoulder height, making it easy to set down and hook back up.

You can make one of these from scratch using these instructions from The Inspired Hive, but you can just as easily purchase one and unscrew any extraneous hooks before hanging it.

Employ these space-saving tactics and your laundry room will be a calm, peaceful, and orderly oasis!

About the Author
Author

Scotty Ledford, P.A.

Originally from Southern Maryland and the Washington D.C. Area, Scotty graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1980. Upon earning an Associated Degree in Business from Prince George's College in 1982 he secured a manager position at Homes & Land Magazine of Southern Maryland.

In 1986, Scotty opened his own franchise; Home & Land Magazine of Prince George's County and later became the managing partner of the Southern Maryland Publication. For twenty-three years Scotty always placed in the "Top 20 Publisher's Club" in an arena of over 300 publishers/owner. He also won the coveted "Publisher of the Year Award" in 1991.

After purchasing a condo on the West Coast of Florida in 2001, Scotty hired a property manager and put it in the monthly rental program. If the condo didn't rent on a given month, he would come down from Maryland and stay at the condo for a couple of weeks at a time. Well, it didn't take long for Scotty to dislike having to go home at the end of his stay. It was apparent that Florida was going to become his new full time home and he moved to Sarasota in January of 2003.

Having always been in the real estate industry, Scotty obtained his Florida Real Estate License in 2004. Shortly after that, he sold his Homes & Land franchises in Maryland. Scotty held his license with a couple of large national brokers initially but decided that a local firm was a wiser idea. Recently Scotty became affiliated with Fine Properties saying "No other broker can give me the tools needed to succeed in representing my clients and their interests better than Fine Properties."

As a residential agent representing both sellers and buyers in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Scotty has the experience, resources and marketing background to help anyone realize their real estate goals in the Sarasota-Manatee County market.