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Organizing 101: The laundry room

Professional organizer Clare Kumar offers up helpful tips for creating a laundry room that's organized and functional.

Putting together a practical and welcoming laundry room is not the easiest task! We turned to professional organizer and Whirlpool laundry room designer Clare Kumar for her best advice.

Style at Home: Laundry rooms are often not very spacious and finding adequate storage space can be a challenge. What tips can you provide to best organize your laundry room?
Clare Kumar: Being an almost continuous process, it’s important to make sure the steps in the laundry cycle are easy to accomplish. This means having the right appliances, furniture, storage and laundry accessories in appropriate places. 

When laying out the laundry room, consider four zones for an intuitive flow that is easy to navigate. The first zone is the prep area, which includes a sink for pre-treating clothes, a counter and storage for laundry supplies.  The second zone includes laundry appliances for washing and drying clothes.  This is also an area to consider adding storage either above the appliances via cabinets or shelves, or beneath them in pedestals. Across from zone two, in the third zone, is the folding area – a clear counter surface, under which one can store hampers to contain soiled but sorted clothes prior to washing.  The fourth zone is the finishing center, which accommodates a drying rack and ironing board.

S@H: What are the best places to keep detergent, fabric softener and other laundry room essentials?

CK: Every laundry room needs storage space and, if you have the extra room, installing cabinets or shelving above the laundry pair or sink is best for keeping detergent and other necessities organized. If space is limited, pedestals on which you can place the washer and dryer provide adequate storage in a convenient spot.

Image courtesy of Whirlpool.

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