Laundry Room Makeover for Under $200
The cost of a new washing machine can range from $500 to over $1,000. If you are looking at buying a used one, it could be cheaper than your old one. You will have to decide which option is best for you.
If you want to save money, you might consider using a dryer instead of a washing machine. A washing machine uses electricity while a dryer does not. Therefore, if you use less energy, then it would be better for your budget. However, there are other factors such as the size of the space and whether or not it needs to be air conditioned that will affect your decision.
A washing machine requires a lot of space. If you don’t mind having a smaller closet, then you can get rid of the washing machine and just use a clothesline instead. You will still need to buy some sort of storage bin though.
You may also consider getting a clothes rack in your bathroom. These racks are usually made out of wood or metal and they allow you to hang up clothing without having to worry about them falling down.
If you do decide to get a clothesline and some storage bins, you can use a clothespin bag. You can hang it up just like a regular clothesline and put your clothing inside. It is just another option to think about.
Remodeling your Closet
Your closet might be the perfect size for a small washer and dryer. In this case, you can buy a second-hand washer and dryer and place them in your closet. These machines are small enough to fit in a regular sized closet and they still get the job done.
Before placing your order, you should make sure that the washer and dryer are compatible with the pipes in your home. If you live in an apartment, then the property manager may have to make some alterations before you can use them. You should check this before you go buy the machines.
Some people like to save money by using a clothesline to dry their clothing. This is an inexpensive way of drying clothing without having to pay for electricity or gas. Since most of us have cell phones with cameras now, you can even upload your pictures online so you can share them with your friends.
Closet space and racks are available at some home improvement stores if you need more storage space. Getting an extra set of shelves would help declutter your closet floor and you could even get a garment bag to hang up any items that don’t have hangers.
Restore your drywall and add a fresh coat of paint. This is by far the least expensive way to make your laundry room look nice again. You can even give it a whole new look by repainting the walls a different color or adding wallpaper.
You should be able to do it yourself as long as you have the right tools. It may take a little longer than you expected, but you will feel a sense of accomplishment when it is all done. The last thing that you should do is find some room deodorizer and leave it in the room for a few days. This will eliminate any foul odors that are lingering in the room.
So whatever your situation, you can make your own adjustments to meet your needs. You may find that some of these ideas work better for you than others. The important thing is to have a plan and not let anything hold you back from reaching your goals. Enjoy your new clean clothes!
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