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The laundry room is one of the busiest areas in the homes, and yet they’re usually not that large. So here are a few tips to maximize their efficiency.

Create a series of hamper sized shelves, or cubbies, to make sorting clothes by color easier and more efficient. You can arrange them vertically or horizontally, depending on your layout.

You can never have too much shelving, so consider adding some up near the ceiling. A shelf that is flush with the tops of door casings can run all the way around the room and provide lots of extra storage, plus a handy place to mount a closet rod for hanging clothes.

Tall, shallow shelving above or adjacent to the washing machine is also a good idea for detergent, bleach, and other laundry products.