My parents had a bit of a scare over the weekend! An oscillating fan they leave on in their laundry room overheated and caught fire. Luckily nobody was hurt and it didn't spread beyond the fan itself, but the heat from the flames did a number on their washer and dryer. (It also caused a bottle of detergent to explode, so now there's melted plastic all over the walls.)
Everything has been taken out of the room for cleaning and/or replacement, and while it's empty my mom decided she'd better get some new floors put in. And then I was like, "Wait, why don't you use this chance to reorganize while everything's out of the way?" The room was getting pretty full, so some new storage might help when she's putting everything back in.
The room isn't just for laundry, it's also a pantry, coat closet, and miscellaneous storage center. So they have a lot goin' on.
The first thing she could do is add cabinets above the washer and dryer. There used to be a wire shelf up there, which was fine, but think about allllll the stuff you can put in a cabinet instead. Plus you can close the door and nobody has to see the mess if you're cleaning up in a hurry. These are easy to find, but here's an example from Lowes. (You could also thrift them if there's a ReStore near you.)
Side-wall storage will also be key. They had a combination of wire racks and bookshelves before, but I think an expandable closet system will be a nice upgrade. It has space for hanging those extra coats, plus little shelves for everything else. The one above is from Amazon and it's only $110. Heck, could even fit two of them in there. Some square baskets would also be handy, and I found a set of three for only $29.
And since my mom mentioned new flooring, I had to offer a suggestion. I know she'll go with vinyl in there again, so why not go with a vinyl designed to look like stone?
(Mom, I hope this helps!)
What's your laundry room like? Any storage solutions you recommend? Have you ever dealt with a fire or other bizarre damage? How did you fix it?