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A space-saving stacked washer and dryer in this closet-turned-laundry area leaves plenty of room to install shelves for storage. If your laundry closet lacks a door, like this one, conceal it with a cute, colorful shower curtain suspended from a shower rod. The curtain solution hides the otherwise visible laundry room, a definite plus when guests visit.
Stash overflowing laundry baskets in open cubbies. They'll look neater, and the air circulation will help prevent mildew and odor problems.
Think outside the box for laundry storage that's as handsome as it is functional. Antique breakfronts, hutches, apothecary chests, or library bookcases are candidates for conversion into a laundry center. Deep drawers keep less attractive supplies out of sight. Cloth-lined baskets organize items and present a pretty face on shelves.
Fold-out drying racks are a space-conserving solution for a cramped laundry room. They provide the function of standing drying racks but take up far less space. Hang an ironing-board holder on the back of the laundry room door to save valuable floor area while adding a touch of color to the otherwise plain door.
Use matching baskets to organize laundry room necessities. Removable cloth liners protect the baskets from spills and can be washed as needed to keep them fresh. Use attractive boxes to store laundry room essentials, such as sheets or towels. Label the boxes so you can find what you need without lifting a lid.
Corral clothes-care supplies in cute metal or plastic bins that clean up easily if anything drips or spills. Organize other household and laundry items by type in attractive containers and label them so you can find things quickly.
A pair of stacked shelves flanking the appliances offer stylish storage. You'll need a miter saw to make the joints on the molded base and cap of each unit, but pre-cut shelving and furniture legs from a home improvement center offer shortcuts for most of the construction. Build the units so they're slightly taller than your appliances so you can rest a slab of solid surfacing or laminate countertop on them for a work surface.
Giant economy-size boxes of laundry powder save you money, but wrestling with the large container every time you wash clothes can be a chore. Consider transferring manageable amounts into clear canisters that you can keep on an open shelf. They look pretty (and a pretty laundry room is nicer to work in) and are easier to handle.
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