The Check List: Laundry Room Essentials

Make your family’s workhorse room feel fresh and fun with these simple upgrades!

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Shanna Shipin / Ikaroo

Welcome to The Check List, Ikaroo.info's bimonthly roundup of completely fun no-obligation ways to enjoy the country. In a world of endless options, consider this your complete snapshot of must-haves.

Laundry rooms can often become a chore to organize, but don't throw in the towel just yet! With as much time as you spend in them, they ought to be loads more than just a utility space. From quick fixes to investment pieces, put a spin on this room with our pretty and practical picks.

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1 Woven Oval Basket
oval woven basket
Courtesy of World Market

$25


From detergent to dryer sheets, there’s a lot that needs storing in your laundry room. Tuck your necessities away in a pretty woven storage basket. (This one even comes with a label to let everyone know what’s inside.)

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2 Lucy Leaning Ladder
lucy leaning ladder
Courtesy of Pottery Barn

$263


You gotta know when to fold ‘em … and know when to hang ‘em! In a tight-quartered laundry room, pieces that maximize space are crucial. Try a multifunctional leaning ladder that enables you to hang wet clothes, towels, or even storage baskets.

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3 Steele Canvas Laundry Bin
canvas laundry bin
Courtesy of Rejuvenation

$189


Free your back from the pain of lugging around a heavy laundry bag (and your toes from being crushed under stationary baskets) by upgrading to a hamper on wheels.

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4 Wood Clothing Pins
wood clothing pins
Courtesy of Staples

$9


Make your laundry more efficient (and eco-friendly) by gathering clothespins and hanging your delicates on a line. Find some with a pleasant pop of color, like this robin’s egg blue.

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5 Faux Bayleaf Ledge Planter
faux bayleaf ledge planter
Courtesy of TJ MAXX

$17


The laundry room may not be an oft-visited space, but it still deserves sprucing! Take a cue from Joanna Gaines and opt for an artificial plant to sit on your sill.

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6 Dip-Dyed Stools
dip dyed stools
Courtesy of Serena & Lily

$68

Give your legs a break as you wait for the timer to buzz with a solid dip-dyed stool in a light, bright color.

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7 Compact Washer-Dryer
deco washer dryer
Courtesy of Deco Appliances

$1,599


If you’ve got a small space, invest in a washer-dryer that gets the job done while packing a design punch. This all-in-one Deco piece works double-duty and adds a fun vintage flair to your room.

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8 Wooden Laundry Co. Sign
wooden laundry sign
Courtesy of Magnolia

$72

If the smell of clean laundry doesn't tip your family off, let them know with an enamel sign.

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9 Rustic Chalkboard
rustic chalkboard
Courtesy of Amazon

$13


Taking care of an entire family's laundry can be daunting, so it’s no surprise that everyone tries to wiggle their way out of their duty. Distribute the laundry load weekly by writing out the lucky duck’s name on a handy chalkboard sign.

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10 Glass Bubble Knobs
glass bubble knobs
Courtesy of Anthropologie

$10

A hardware upgrade can go a long way to transforming a space. These fanciful knobs are an easy swap on your cabinet, and pick up on the bubbles at play in your washer.

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11 Fleur de Sel Scented Candle
williams sonoma candle
Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

$20

Sure, your laundry room smells heavenly when you’re washing clothes, but sometimes it can take an air of mustiness. Keep things fresh and fragrant with a scented candle.

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12 Metal Pet Leash Hanger
metal pet leash hanger
Courtesy of Amazon

$15


You family’s fluff and fold quarters can often times become a make-shift mudroom—and that includes dirty paws! Carve out a corner for your pet by starting with a hook rack to hang your best friend’s leash.

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13 Laundry Room Print
laundry room print
Courtesy of Etsy

$18


In the chore room, sometimes spirits can get a little, well, damp. Keep the family smiling with a light-hearted note because, after all, grass stains and muddy hems are the signs of an afternoon well spent.

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