5 Laundry Room Essentials

Overwhelmed by laundry? Domestic CEO has the 5 things you need to make laundry day a cinch. 

Amanda Thomas
6-minute read
Episode #31

Tip #2: Rack ‘Em!

We all have items that shouldn’t go through the dryer, but we don’t all have good ways for them to dry. Laying clothes out over a couch or dining room table is just inviting clutter into your common areas. Besides, wet clothes on wood furniture and dark, wet clothes on cloth furniture are disasters waiting to happen. Don’t risk having a warped dining room table or a jean-shaped blue stain on to your cream colored couch. Get a drying rack.

If you have the space, a wall-mounted rack is ideal.  Get a handful of plastic hangers, some for shirts and some with clips for hanging pants, and you are ready for almost every hang-dry item. Added bonus: When you’re done doing laundry, the top of the drying rack is a great place to store your laundry baskets. It keeps them accessible, but out of the way.

If you don’t have a dedicated laundry room, you still have options for hang-drying. My mom had a giant drying rack that she pulled out every Saturday. For a few hours each weekend, the rack would come out of its hiding spot behind a dresser and stand in the living room covered in clothes. As soon as the clothes were dry, they came off and the rack went away. You could also use the shower curtain rod in the bathroom. Just like with the wall-mounted rack, use plastic hangers and clips to hang your items along the rod.

Tip #3: Counter Space is Key

Counter space in a laundry room is invaluable, as long as you use it correctly. If you’re using it as a place to pile up clean clothes for your family to forage through each morning when they’re getting dressed, you’re wasting a great opportunity. There’s a better way. When you pull your clothes out of the dryer, put them into a basket, not the top of the counter. Then, bring the basket onto the counter, pull the items out to be folded one by one, and put into neat sorted piles on the counter. By storing the clean clothes in a basket until you have a chance to fold them, you’ll keep the chaos contained and reduce your risk of losing small items to the Sock Monster.

If you don’t have counter space in your laundry area, simply dedicate a clean spot in your home for folding laundry. When I was little, my mom used to give me the basket of clean clothes on the floor of our living room and I would fold while watching cartoons. This can be a great option, as long as you don’t have indoor pets and vacuum on a regular basis. Otherwise, a coffee or dining table will work better.