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Laundry rooms and mud rooms, while not the gathering place of a home, are frequently visited and in high demand when it comes to keeping the rest of the home clean and its residents looking put together.
In an effort to create a work space that is more welcoming and calming as we set about our required tasks of washing clothes, ironing and delicately washing other items that need special attention, here are a few ways that won’t break the bank, but will leave a luxurious touch which will improve our spirits as we go about necessary tasks.
1. Choose a Calming Color – neutrals, soft blues, greens & yellow.
2. Add a Bouquet of Freshly Cut Flowers – the arrangement doesn’t have to be perfect, in fact the more haphazard the better. Use this room as your place to experiment with floral ideas.
3. Be Prepared – for stains that is. Keep a stain-fighting cheat sheet on the inside of a cabinet door so you are ready for any accident that comes your way. Click here for Martha Stewart’s Stain Removal Cheat Sheet, print it off and place in a plastic page protector (my mother gave it to me as a must-have, and it is such a life- saver).
4. Pre-Sorting – place baskets or lined bins that are labeled according to types of clothes which can be washed together – whites, reds, darks, sheets, etc. This will save time and eliminate accidents.
5. Creative Decor – the laundry room is not typically a place where your guests will visit, so have some fun with your decor.
6. Clear Canisters – Instead of having the TIDE box on your shelves, why not place your laundry detergent into a beautiful, oversized glass canister? Have one for clothing pins, rags, fabric softener sheets and other items as well.
7. Think Vintage – hit the yard sales and scour the tables for antique wooden boxes, silver platters and clear pitchers. At a minimal price, you can add creative storage and a touch of originality to your workspace.