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Make the most of your laundry room

The laundry room doesn't always get as much love as the rest of the house. With a little bit of imagination, you can turn this often neglected room into a well-ordered space.

Add a blackboard

Mount a blackboard to a wall and chalk up notes and to-do lists. If you're running low on washing powder, write it on the board, and you'll be reminded next time you pop to the supermarket. And, once the day is done, wipe it clean and start afresh.

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Choose a neutral or country-style scheme

Neutral tones such as white, grey and cream can open up a room. They bring a sense of cleanliness and tidiness and are generally used in modern homes. For a more rustic, outdoorsy style, try an earthy palette based around woodland colours.

Use built-in appliances to save space

For a streamlined look, consider hiding away bulky appliances inside cupboards and cabinets. An integrated washing machine can be fitted with a cupboard front that blends seamlessly into an existing style. Unlike free-standing appliances, these built-in models sit flush with the cabinetry, leaving you with more floor-space.

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Pair baskets with open cabinets

With an open shelving unit, storage is easily accessible. Introduce woven baskets or boxes to add a touch of texture. More industrial looks can be created with the addition of wire baskets and metal trays.

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Organise your routine

Make wash days less of a chore by organising your laundry routine. Use divided hampers to keep light and dark clothes separated and sorted prior to washing. Store similar items together on shelves or in drawers, and label them clearly for easy identification.

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Laundry room storage hacks

Hide clutter in cupboards

Clutter can make a compact space appear even smaller, so it’s good to have lots of shelf space in your cupboards and cabinets. Put the things you use most on the lower shelves. Other, less-used items can be placed on higher shelves or out of the way at the back of a cupboard.

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Utilise wall space

Utilise wasted wall space to make your laundry room feel less cramped. Floating shelves and peg boards can turn a bare wall into a tidy and organised space. They’re ideal for storing containers of different shapes and sizes, as well as cleaning products and tools.

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Use behind-the-door space

The area behind the door is often overlooked as a storage spot. It can be used for many different purposes. For example, a pocket organiser on the back of the door frees up floor space while also keeping household items neat and orderly.

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