Every renter has a mental picture of their dream home in their head. For me, I’d love to have a mudroom where I can clean off my dogs before I let them into my house and a big garage to park my car in for the winter months.
Kim and I decided that as homeowner veterans, we are going to start a “Wish List” series for all the renters out there so you guys can be on the lookout for those things that you never knew you needed. Read on to see what I recommend to have the best laundry room ever!
Plenty of Room
If you can fit an actual laundry room into your budget, do it! Unless you are a highly organized person, you NEED an actual laundry room. This is something I truly wish I did not overlook. My house now has a “laundry closet” and I’m constantly racking my brain on how to make it more efficient. My little laundry closet has enough space for my washer and dryer and shelves above. It has folding doors instead of actual doors. This causes a problem with the dryer door. We have to push the closet door all the way back and hold it there in order to open the dryer door. It’s the worst thing ever. We just bought a longer dryer cord so we can stack our washer and dryer which has given us so much space to work with but now I’m trying to figure out how to make the most out of the unused space. Bottom line, budget for an actual room that you can walk into. You’ll thank me later.
Shelves are great but cabinets are game-changers! One problem I had for months with my wire laundry shelf if that it was flimsy and hung too high. I even had my husband move the shelf down and I still hated it. I didn’t like having to reach over the entire washer, especially since I’m only 5’3. Since we stacked our washer and dryer, I’m currently brainstorming what kind of cabinets will be the most efficient in the space. A tall cabinet resembling a pantry would be amazing! So much storage.
If you only take away one thing from this blog post, take away this: there is no such thing as too much storage space in your laundry room. I was asking my co-workers what else they would love in their laundry room and every answer was the same – drawers! A few of them said that they would love to have drawers underneath their washer and dryer to store things like detergent, dryer sheets, etc. According to my co-workers, they would much rather bend down to grab the detergent than reach above the washer. If those were my drawers I would use them to sort dirty clothes. I’d have three drawers for whites, darks, and lights.
I hope this has been helpful to you. I truly wish someone would’ve given me this advice. I love my house but I will never buy another house with a tiny closet laundry room again. Got any other great laundry room tips? Leave them in the comments!
Until next time,
Check out my dream laundry room below. It has a doggy shower!
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