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  1. How to Organize a Laundry Room

    Increase efficiency in your laundry room with these simple storage and organization projects. Learn how to install a folding table, add a soap dispenser, find space for a hanging rack, install an all-purpose wall cabinet, and create storage space on a laundry tub.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. Clothes Washer: Keep Your Washing Machine from Flooding the Laundry Room

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    Install an automatic washing machine shutoff valve to prevent expensive flooding due to broken hoses, leaky valves or other malfunctions, especially when you're not home. You’ll have greater peace of mind.

  2. Convert an Unfinished Laundry Area Into a Laundry Room

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    Create a fresh, clean work space in your laundry room. We walk you through the toughest part—reworking the plumbing and adding the new sink. Follow these how-to photos and instructions to turn your unfinished laundry area into a finished laundry room that'll better meet your needs.

  3. How to Install a Laundry Chute

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    You'll love the convenience of a laundry chute. It'll save you time and energy with fewer trips up and down stairs. We show you how to find a wall location and install one.

  4. Avoiding a Laundry Room Flood in an Upstairs Laundry Room

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    Second floor laundry rooms can create a lot of damage if the wash machine leaks. We'll show you four DIY steps to prevent a water catastrophe. You won't have to spend a lot of time or money, and you'll safeguard against an upstairs flood.

  5. Upgrade Your Laundry Sink

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    Replace a grungy laundry sink with a new one and upgrade with a soap dispenser and faucet with a pull-out spout. It's usually a simple half-day project.

  6. Install Vinyl Flooring in a Laundry Room

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    We'll show you how to measure, cut and install a new sheet vinyl floor. No special skills are needed, just patience and attention to detail will give you great results.

  7. Septic System: How to Filter Out Laundry Lint

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    Lint from washing machines, much of it nondegradable, can clog up septic fields and shorten their useful life by years. A fine mesh lint trap can make a huge difference.

  8. Wood Work Bench

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    This simple wood work bench is perfect for a garage or utility room, and it takes up almost no floor space. It's also great as a potting bench or laundry table.

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Other Articles for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Laundry Chute - So, You Want to... - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Installing a laundry chute requires planning, never more than when retrofitting a laundry chute into an existing house. So before getting your heart set on one, review these project pointers on siting, design, and safety.

  2. Laundry Room Design – Make Any Room a Laundry Room - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Even if space isn't at a premium, a whole room devoted just to doing laundry can seem wasteful. In fact, given that when you're engaged in this time-consuming chore you're inevitably multitasking, why not place your washer and dryer in a location that makes it easier to double up on household ...

  3. Laundry Room Planning Guide - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Take some of the drudgery out of doing the wash by creating a cheerful, better organized, and more efficient laundry room.

  4. Laundry Room Storage Ideas - Laundry Room Storage - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Challenged by a lack of space for laundry storage? Don’t despair—check out these unusual laundry storage solutions from homeowners who have conquered their washday woes.

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Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Save More, Waste Less in the Laundry Room

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Better's experts are here to show you how to save time and money and waste less in the laundry room.

  2. How to Conserve Energy When Doing Laundry

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Learn how to wash your clothes without spending too much energy.

  3. Sewer Ejector Pump Up Systems

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Mark Donovan of http://www.HomeAdditionPlus.com reviews Sewer Ejector Pump Up Systems. Sewer ejector pump up systems are frequently required in basement remodeling projects that have bathrooms and/or laundry rooms planned for them.

  4. 5 DIY Home Cleaning Supplies

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    You can clean your appliances and remove clothing stains without having to reach for a commercial cleaning product or laundry detergent. Here are a few household items that double as cleaning supplies

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Blog Posts

  1. Laundry room plumbing: A recessed PVC floor drain

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    FromDIY Advice Blog

    The building code in my area calls for a floor drain in the laundry room. But the laundry room in my house is on a standard wooden floor above the crawl space, not on concrete. So here's the problem. The only floor drain you can buy is for flush mounting...( read more )

  2. Laundry room storage ideas: A home for hangers

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    FromDIY Advice Blog

    When I remodeled my laundry room, my motto was “a home for everything.” I installed cabinets and shelves and drawers and pegboard… But the nicest little storage feature is this towel bar mounted under a cabinet. It keeps hangers untangled...( read more )

  3. Child Proofing The Laundry Room

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    FromA Concord Carpenter

     

  4. Get Your Shit Together: The Laundry Room

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    FromDIY Diva

    Okay, Day 2 of my 10 Day challenge to get my shit together in this house. I’ve got some momentum going from tackling the mudroom...

  5. Why You Should White Out Your Room

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    FromCharles and Hudson

    One of our most popular articles this year was our laundry room makeover . We are fortunate enough to have a separate laundry room area but it was in bad shape and we needed to give it a fresh look and bring the appliances and furniture up to date. Many people have asked why we chose to go white ...

  6. Blank Slate Bathroom

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    FromAna-White.com

    Well, it might have taken us a few months longer than we'd have liked (decks, flooring, and trim got in the way), but we are finally taking you up on your suggestion to focus first on finishing out this room, Behind this door. Are you ready? Behind door number one in the hallway, right behind the kitchen, is the upstairs bathroom. Now Mom had a choice between a luxurious master bath or an upstairs guest room with a smaller bath. Guess what she choose? It was a no-brainer for Mom - grandkids sleeping over and summer guests feeling welcome trump spa tub and walk in shower any day. So it's a small bath, with just everything Mom needs, and nothing more. To the right as you walk in, there's wall space for a vanity and toilet. To the left, there's room for a stacking laundry or linen closet (if laundry was installed on the basement floor) and a wide shower. It's not big, but it's not tiny, and it's just for one person. And it's less for Mom to clean, especially thinking 20 or 30 years from now. To the right, as you walk in, is the vanity. We left room for a single 48" wide vanity. Over the vanity is space for a mirror, and we placed the electrical box for the vanity light dead center over the vanity. Dead center. We also made sure to install electical outlets to each side of the sink so Mom never has to worry about cords while brushing her teeth. Right next to the vanity is the toilet. There's not a ton of storage inside the bathroom, so we'll probably add a wall cabinet over the toilet. And on the far wall, the plan is to store towels on hooks. Does anyone use towel bars anymore??? We choose one of those premade fiberglass all-in-one showers because we are thinking 20-30 years down the road. We'd have loved to tile Mom a shower, but not if it means Mom is scrubbing grout lines at 80, or we are up there patching tile and moldy drywall after three decades of use. So a pretty shower curtain to make up for the basic shower is a must. Plus, I love the idea of simply changing out bath linens to update the space, instead of having to do a full bathroom gut/remodel job. We may decide to add a shower door later on just to protect the floor a little better - but I'm on Team Pretty Shower Curtain right now. Next to the shower is a recessed area designed wide enough to fit a stacking laundry system. It's all plumbed in and electrical run for laundry , but the area could also be converted easily to a linen closet by adding shelving if laundry was installed downstairs. But Mom really wanted laundry on the main floor, so that's the plan. I'll probably build shelving on top for some linen storage, and there's enough room in front for a small hamper. It's really awesome how this bathroom turned out with the door. Once the stacking laundry is installed, the door will hide it when opened. Wish I could say that was all planning, and not just a happy accident. It's not a big space, but I am pretty excited to start turning this blank slate into a pretty and useable bathroom for Mom. And by blank slate, I mean blank, blank slate.  It's hard to see in the small bathroom, but the walls are the same color as this bedroom.  No color at all. I love painted walls, especially in bathrooms, but because the space is so small, and there is no window in the bathroom, I opted to keep the walls and ceiling the same color white. It feels fresh an airy in there, even though it's a small windowless space. That, and I'm loving white bathrooms with wood floors lately. via Country Living I especially love the black hardware mixed with the stainless fixtures in this bathroom. via Country Living And I love that with such a neutrel palatte, it's easy to updated the bathroom for the seasons by just bringing in a pop of color. via Country Living I also love how a stark white bathroom makes beautiful wood grains pop.  Are you with me? Here's the mood board I came up to for this bathroom: Mood board images from Pottery Barn , Home Depot and Lowes . 1. I love the neutrel white backdrop to make the space appear larger and light and airy. 2.  For hardware, we'll be mixing stainless steel with wrought iron to add contrast and keep us from getting in the "only stainless steel" rut. 3. We'll bring in texture with a natural stone vanity top, plush towels, a luxurious throw rug, while complimenting the wood grain in the floor.   4. I'd like to add baskets made of wicker and additional wood in shelving or frames for added texture and natural elements. 5. Things will get little fancy with a turned leg vanity to add functionality and storage to the bathroom. 6. A pretty shower curtain will add color and be an easy way for Mom to update her bathroom over seasons and as design trends change.  7.  Accessories that are easy to change out will complete the look. Time to get to work - because you already know - most everything has to be DIY.   Well, I'm probably not going to make the towels. But everything else? It's all fair game!

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