Painted CeilingTraditional Laundry Room, Atlanta
High-gloss lilac adds unexpected color above, while a Dutch door and built-in dog beds keep the McKinleys' pets contained and comfortable in the laundry room. Photo by Erica George Dines for Southern Living
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10. Details matter. This space’s Dutch door and natural light are what dreams are made of. Consider every element of the room and make it special. By doing so, you’ll transform folding laundry into a chore you just might learn to love.More8 Ways to Make the Most of Your Laundry RoomGet More From a Multipurpose Laundry Room
Laundry room. The laundry room works hard to get your clothes and linens clean, but it’s often the last place in the house that gets cleaned. Change that now by making your laundry area — whether it is in a dedicated room or tucked in a corner of the basement — clean, well lit, functional and a pleasure to be in. Getting started:Use a damp sponge or microfiber cloth to clean the exterior and inside the lid of your washer, paying special attention to rubber seals.If your washer has a lint trap or removable detergent dispensers, take them out and clean them with warm, soapy water in the sink. If not, use cotton swabs to get the gunk and grime from the corners.Pour a cup or two of white vinegar in the washer and run it on the hottest setting, without any clothes in it.Get the 7-day plan
Make a plan of attack. A fairly tidy laundry room in the main part of the house will require far less time and effort to spiff up than a dark, dusty corner of the basement that you usually spend as little time in as possible. Read over the entire plan before you begin and tailor it to meet your needs. Aim to get the toughest jobs done on a day off when you can devote several hours to them. The rest can be done in smaller chunks on weeknights.