Last updated on April 24th, 2022
A utility room is the only place in your home where you have the freedom to dump things that you don’t want to deal with. This may include dirty shoes, wet umbrellas, and newspapers. The result? A disorganized clutter of mops, and buckets fighting for space with your washing machine. Not a pretty sight, is it?
And to think every inch matters, with property prices going through the roof!
So, why is it important to organize an area that is at best functional? Well, you will be surprised to find there is a lot more to your space than meets the eye. Let’s take the plunge and find out what to do with that remarkable stretch of space.
There is never enough room in a utility area. The best way to tackle the situation is by going all the way to the ceiling with storage cabinets. These cabinets can house your cleaning supplies, dustpans, mops, and other paraphernalia that a household needs for smooth running.
Make sure to leave enough room for free movement to keep your washing machine accessible.
Drying area for laundry
Most homes in urban areas have a dearth of space where drying laundry is concerned. This makes a drying area in a utility room essential. A folding clothes stand is ideal for this purpose as you can put it away when not in use.
Be imaginative with storage space
For small utility areas, efficient storage ideas are essential to get the best out of your space and open shelving with baskets for storage can be an ideal solution. These baskets are the perfect receptacles for cleaning solutions, dusters, dirty laundry, old newspapers, and linen. Functional and aesthetically appealing too!
Make space for your cleaning supplies
Locating supplies when you are in a cleaning frenzy can leave you flustered. For added efficiency, make sure you have a designated area for your home cleaning supplies. These will include polishes, detergents, glass cleaners, and wipes. Let’s not forget the dustpans and brooms! A neatly organized space may even inspire you to clean more often.
Don’t forget your umbrella stand!
There is nothing quite like the rains unleashing their fury as the monsoons arrive. However, dripping umbrellas and muddy shoes are another matter altogether. With shoe racks and umbrella stands in your utility area, you don’t have to worry about wet puddles on the floor or the smell of wet shoes as you are having dinner!
If space allows, you can have a standalone ironing table in your utility space. Or you can opt for a drop-down table that doesn’t clutter the space when you are not using it. Sometimes a multifunctional surface is a better bet for ironing as you can use it for other purposes also.
Stack appliances if you are short of space
Stacking appliances is a great way to get the maximum use out of your utility area. However, make sure there is provision for your switchboard and wires. This is a great option for front-loading washing machines and dryers.
Rails for clothes
Clothes rails can make all the difference in a utility room. The hangers can hold the ironed clothes till they can be transferred to your wardrobe. In the wet season, these rails can also be used to hang raincoats and jackets. Hooks on walls are also a great addition for shopping bags and backpacks.
Large laundry hampers
Laundry hampers are a blessing. Piled-up dirty laundry not only clutters up the space but can give off an unpleasant odour. You can store the dirty clothes in bins or hampers till they are ready for a spin in the machine. Cane hampers serve well, and are so much more appealing than plastic tubs!
Designed well, a utility room is not only functional but appealing too. It may be a segregated area of your kitchen or the vent area in your high-rise apartment, there is a lot of scope for storage and utility.
Hope this helped! Do give us a shout if you have questions!
Happy organizing, everyone!