What is the one room in your home that’s taken for granted? The room that works so hard for your family, yet is rarely updated, never receives guests and misses more than a few scheduled cleanings? If you’re like many homeowners, it’s the laundry room! As an integral part of the home (especially if you have children!) we spend more time in the laundry than we’d care to admit but it’s generally ignored when it comes to decorating. If you want to show your neglected laundry room a little overdue TLC, take a look at these tips for getting organized and adding some style to your laundry room.

Make it shine – Before you make any improvements, give the entire room, including your washer and dryer, a thorough cleaning. You can find tips online for cleaning your washer and dryer – you will be amazed at how much dirt and grime is hiding in there!

Give it some colour – If you’re reluctant to try a bold paint colour in a main room, use your laundry room as a guinea pig. Good choices include calming aqua, lively lime or vibrant orange.

Add lots of shelving – Work with the size of your laundry room and add shelves to neatly store everything away from sight.

Add accessories – Add those finishes touches as you would any other room in the home like framed artwork, decorative objects, curtains if you have windows, light fixtures, and even an accent chair if the space allows.

Here are five essentials that every laundry room should have to help get the job done:

Large sorting hampers – Organize them by family member or by clothing type to make sorting easier.

Mesh bags – Perfect for those delicate items.

Drying rack – Extend the lifespan of your clothes by using a drying rack.

Counter space – If space and budget allow, add a countertop with some storage below.

One laundry basket per person – Colour coded or numbered, having a separate basket for each family member will make folding and putting away much easier.

A system – Some homeowners designate a laundry day each week and tackle the washing, drying, folding and putting away all in one shot. This method is great because you get to enjoy six laundry-free days every week! But anyone who has children knows that this could mean quite a few loads of laundry in one day – not an easy feat. Others try to stay on top of the washing all week long, throwing in a load or two every night. Find out what works for your family and make sure everyone is on board. Teach your kids at a young age to bring their dirty clothes to the laundry room also help to put folded laundry away.