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Achieve a Pinterest-Worthy Laundry Area in 5 Steps

Create a functional space that's charming and easy on the eyes

Original Article: Katherine Lopez and Paula de Guzman Photography: Erwin Lim (Main Photos)

If you'll be given a chance to list down your least favorite homekeeping tasks, what would be on top of your list? We're sure many of you will consider laundry day as the most dreaded must-do. We can't blame you—after all, not only do you have to deal with piles of dirty clothes, you also need to make sure that each piece smells great and that there will be no traces of dirt left.

To motivate you to breeze through this task, you may want to transform the laundry area into a pretty nook. Interior designer Rod Lascano says having an organized and pleasant laundry area is as important as having well-kept living spaces. “Even though this area isn’t seen by visitors and some family members, it always feels good to have a clean ‘back of the house’,” Rod explains. Get started with these ideas:

1. Invest in pretty hampers and captivating storage pieces.

For an old-school feel, you may want to have wired baskets and hampers. You can also have woven bins and basket to add warmth to the space.

Find wire hampers at Crate & Barrel, SM Makati.

2. Control clutter.

“The common causes of clutter are dirty clothes that are not properly separated and laundry basics that are lying around,” says Rod. Address this by assigning specific hampers for white and colored clothes. Create a shelving system or a low cabinet where you can store your basins, brushes, and clothespins. Pour detergent into an airtight container, as some packaging are eyesores.

3. Keep your laundry area hazard-free.

“Some hazards include wet flooring, outlets exposed to water, and warped or rotting cabinetry. Make sure there is a drain in the laundry area that doesn’t clog,” says Rod. “Use weather-proof outlets especially for the washing machine and marine plywood for cabinetry to avoid warping or rotting.”

4. Hide your washing machine and dryer.

“One way to keep these machines from being eyesores is to conceal them in cabinets or closets with sliding or swing doors. By using these, the wall will be seamless and the machines will be ‘invisible,’” Rod suggests.

5. Install wall-mounted organizers.

Choose a wooden or metal organizer to add character to your laundry area. Make sure it's installed properly and that the piece is sturdy enough hold your brushes and other must-haves. You may also want to hang a small canvas bag that can hold coins, cards, and other trinkets you might find in the pockets of jeans and clothes while washing.

Utility/mud room of Avida Riala Cebu designed by Maybelline Te for General Bleu. 

Additional Photos: Pexels (1 and 2) | Erwin Lim (3 and 4)

Read the original article in the September 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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