When I moved into my apartment, I knew the space was going to be small (480 sq ft. to be exact) which was totally fine with me. My thoughts about living in a small space with little to no storage, would really allow me to get creative and flex my organizing muscles when it meant setting up my space the way I preferred.
I like everything to run as efficient as possible (yes - I can be very Type A but I try to leave room for flexibility) especially my laundry system. So, I decided to create my own laundry nook. The goal was to create a nook that would inspire me to do my laundry while making it as stress-free as possible.
I believe the trick to creating a streamlined laundry system is to have a compartmentalized hamper. When you use one hamper to store your dirty clothes, then you spend more time sorting through your laundry. Meanwhile, when you utilize a compartmentalized hamper, you can simply remove your clothes and throw them directly into the washer because they're pre-sorted. So, be sure to keep that in mind the next time you're handling your dirty laundry. If you don't have a compartmentalized hamper then I strongly suggest that you consider switching to one.
Now that my mind was made up, I started to search the internet and stores for a multi-sectional hamper suitable for my space and style but I kept coming up empty-handed. I needed a hamper with at least 3 sections but every sectional hamper that I came across was priced entirely too high or was too big to fit into the nook. Finally, I hit the jackpot when I went to Ikea in College Park, MD. I came across the Torkis Laundry Hamper for $12.99. My type of price so, now we're talking! The hamper has two sections, so I decided to purchase two so that I could have a total of four sections.
I like that the hamper is lightweight, durable and the perfect size to fit inside my laundry nook. Even though it's just me living my space, I like that this hamper can be used within a dorm, room for a young child or teen, or even a guest room. It's very functional and can serve many purposes.
To bring forth some laundry inspiration, I found a cute laundry sign from Hobby Lobby to add to my nook. I don't know about you but it's something about words that can breathe life into a space or serve as motivation. If a full hamper isn't a cue to do laundry then a little sense of humor can also serve as a prompter to take action and do laundry.
I applied 3 Jumbo Utility Command Hooks to the wall which was purchased from Target. The purpose of these hooks are to hang up my outfits for the upcoming week. I like that they're very sturdy since they can hold up to 7.5 lbs!
I took my creativity a step further by using chalkboard labels and a chalk marker from Michael's to label each section so that I know exactly where the clothes should be deposited. Since I have four sections, I created a label for each section: towels, delicates, lights and darks.
I also added a $3 basket from Target to hold laundry items such as dryer sheets, clothespins, and laundry bags. I was lucky to find this basket on a whim while browsing Target's clearance section - which is actually the first place I go to as soon as I enter Target. I've used this basket in other areas in my space but it really seemed to get the job done within my laundry nook. If possible, I always encourage you to maximize your space by utilizing vertical storage, and this wall space was completely empty which served as the perfect solution. I added some inspirational signs that I created to promote living simple and being a conscious shopper. A conscious shopper means that I buy only what I need not what I want. When you're conscious about the items you purchase you can eliminate the amount of clutter your space can accumulate. You can read more about that here.
And of course, I used my favorite and most affordable tool, Command Hooks to hold up the basket. I used two of the Command Clear Large Hooks to provide extra security.
I used a tension rod from Ross and an old curtain that my mother gave me to create a barrier between the laundry nook and where my bed is positioned. Honestly, I didn't want to see the dryer/washer while sleeping and love that the curtain serves as a stylish, functional divider.
The tension rod separates the laundry nook from the bedroom space.
Here's the final look!
Attached the labels to the wall. I had to use tape to reinforce the labels since they aren't meant for walls but they still turned out just fine. Since, I'm the only using the hampers, I may remove the labels only because I know exactly which section holds which clothing type.
Don't you just love when a vision comes together? I'm really happy with how it turned out! I wanted to create a nook that was simple, efficient and organized and that was definitely achieved. This system allows me to simply discard my dirty clothes in it's designated section and I appreciate the closing flap which prevents my clothes from spilling over. The sign brings life to the space and takes away the feeling of doing laundry as a chore. If you live in a small space, don't be discouraged because a little creativity can take you a long way.
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